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2010-11-01 08:40:00

A new study tracking the DNA signature of the plague has found that the deadly disease first broke out in China more than 2,600 years ago before making its way to Europe via Central Asia's "Silk Road" trade route. The findings prove many suspicions about the long-believed Chinese origins of the plague, which killed nearly a third of Europeans during the Middle Ages. Scientists from around the world sequenced 17 strains of Y. pestis, connecting them as pathogens that mutated from a common...

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2010-10-10 08:20:00

Black Death, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, has been confirmed by anthropologists to have been caused by a germ called Yersinia pestis. Researchers studied tooth and bone samples from 76 skeletons discovered in "plague pits" in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands and found DNA evidence that Y. pestis was to blame for the plague that wiped out nearly a third of Europe's population during the Middle Ages. It was believed for more than a century that Y. pestis was the...

2010-10-04 08:00:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ADLS), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, oncology and respiratory diseases, today announced that the company provided testimony at the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) Hearing on "Defending Against Public Health Threats" on...

2010-09-07 08:30:00

DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- While many climate experts and environmentalists explore the negative effects of global warming, a new study reveals a positive outcome of the warming of the planet: the potential elimination of the plague. Global warming affects temperatures and precipitation regimes that play a pivotal role in the lives of rodents and fleas; rodents and fleas are responsible for maintenance and spread of plague to human populations. Plague can be fatal if the...

2010-08-24 07:00:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ADLS), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, oncology and respiratory diseases, today announced plans to seek additional government funding for development of its novel, once-daily antibiotic, Restanza(TM) (cethromycin) based on a new, high-profile report from the Department of Health...

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2010-08-04 10:45:00

Prairie dogs, once abundant in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, have been decimated in recent decades by plague "“ a virulent bacterial disease spread by fleas. Plague outbreaks periodically sweep through large prairie dog towns with thousands of inhabitants, killing virtually the entire population within months. Other prairie dogs move in and build a new colony, which eventually is wiped out when the disease returns. This pattern of re-colonization followed by devastation can...

2010-07-08 07:30:00

CHICAGO, July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ADLS), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, oncology and respiratory diseases, today announced positive results from preclinical toxicology and pharmacokinetic studies of an intravenous (IV) formulation of its novel antibiotic, Restanza(TM) that support its use in a hospital setting....

2010-04-17 10:02:40

State media reported Friday that Chinese authorities warned of a potential outbreak of the deadly pneumonic plague in the aftermath of the quake that left at least 760 dead and thousands hurt. The China Daily said marmots spread the pneumonic plague, and health officials fear the 6.9-magnitude earthquake may have woken the large group squirrels from their winter hibernation. "The Ministry of Health has asked all personnel involved in rescue work in the region to keep a close eye and report...

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2010-04-14 11:01:32

Farmers in eastern Australia are battling a plague of locusts, which have infested a 190,000 square mile stretch from central Queensland all the way south to the capital of Melbourne. "What we've got certainly is a very large and widespread infestation," Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) chief Chris Adriaansen told AFP reporters on Wednesday. "It's simply a reflection of the fact that we've had widespread rain across that entire area." According to Adriaansen, things have gotten so...

2010-03-11 06:30:00

CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ADLS), a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel drugs in the therapeutic areas of infection, oncology and respiratory diseases, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided guidance on the clinical program required to assess the approvability of Restanza(TM) (cethromycin), a novel oral once-a-day...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.