Latest Endotoxin Stories

binge drinking
2014-05-16 05:26:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Binge drinking is a behavioral problem affecting approximately one out of every six US adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that binge drinking — a pattern of drinking that brings a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08g/dL or higher — is the most common pattern of excessive alcohol use in the US. This leads one to ask how often a person can binge drink before they begin to damage their...

2014-03-18 12:33:09

FALMOUTH, Mass., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Associates of Cape Cod, Inc. (ACC) is pleased to introduce a new, FDA licensed version of our rapid endotoxin detection kit, Pyrosate®. Pyrosate® is well suited for performing endotoxin assays in full compliance with the Bacterial Endotoxins Test, USP chapter <85>. Pyrosate® has been developed as an easy-to-use Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) gel-clot test that enables rapid testing and does not require special laboratory...

2013-12-10 10:33:23

Blood clots play an unexpected role in protecting the body from the deadly effects of bacteria by absorbing bacterial toxins, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found. The research was published Dec. 2 in the journal PLoS ONE. "It's a significant addition to the short list of defenses that animals use to protect themselves against toxin-induced sepsis," said Peter Armstrong, professor of molecular and cellular biology at UC Davis and senior author on the paper....

2013-08-02 23:19:15

Maxx Inc., the maker of FruitsMax, provides 3 powerful strategies for winning the war. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 02, 2013 There are approximately 100 trillion microbes in our bodies – 500 to 1,000 different species of them in every human. They make up to 3 to 5 kilograms of our total body weight. Most of them live in the colon, the location of 70% of our immune system activity; billions of others live in the mouth, lungs, skin, and the female birth canal. We need microbes for our...

How Does The Immune System React To Toxins In Space?
2013-04-23 05:42:19

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A small device in the payload of the space shuttle Atlantis that housed a set of biological samples was the target of a team of eager US Army researchers when the shuttle touched down at Cape Canaveral in the summer of 2011. The mission was the end of the shuttle program, but the beginning of two years of study on those samples. The team presented their results at the Experimental Biology 2013 conference this past week in Boston,...

2012-10-01 16:14:50

Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered how a key molecule controls the body's inflammatory responses. The molecule, known as p110delta, fine-tunes inflammation to avoid excessive reactions that can damage the organism. The findings, published in Nature Immunology today (30 September), could be exploited in vaccine development and new cancer therapies. A healthy immune system reacts to danger signals — from microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, or from...

2011-08-26 13:05:20

Babies and toddlers with congenital heart disease are at an increased risk of having harmful toxins in their blood, particularly following surgery, according to research by a team at Imperial College London. The study, published today in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that children with high levels of toxins from gut bacteria in their blood are likely to take longer to recover from surgery and spend more time in intensive care. The researchers say...

2011-05-20 09:20:58

Liquid crystal droplets could replace horseshoe crab blood in common endotoxin test The Food and Drug Administration requires every drug they certify to be tested for certain poisons that damage patient health. The current gold standard for this is the limulus amoebocyte lysate (LAL) assay that involves using the blood of horseshoe crabs, which strangely enough is blue, to test for endotoxin, a substance commonly associated with many symptoms caused by bacterial infections. But researchers at...

2011-03-08 15:30:00

Research by the University of Liverpool has found that systemic inflammation caused by sepsis can be suppressed by a protein which occurs naturally in a type of roundworm. Sepsis is a serious inflammatory condition, caused by the body over-reacting to infection. The body becomes overwhelmed by bacteria, setting off a series of reactions that lead to inflammation and clotting.  It affects around 20 million people worldwide each year, and accounts for a large proportion of intensive care...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'