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2009-12-16 07:30:00

CHICAGO, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ADLS), today announced positive top-line results from a pivotal, non-human primate study of its novel, once-a-day, oral antibiotic Restanza(TM) (cethromycin) against an inhaled lethal dose of tularemia. A 14-day course of Restanza achieved a 100% survival rate at the doses tested. All of the ten animals in the study that received 16 mg/kg once-a-day of Restanza (approximate to a human...

2009-11-05 17:05:00

WELLINGTON, Colo., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The endangered black-footed ferrets inhabit prairie dog towns in the western U.S. This rare carnivore feeds on prairie dogs. The prairie dogs are very susceptible to plague and often entire population die-offs in towns occur. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has implemented a ferret breeding program and has been releasing trained, captive ferrets into their formerly native habitat. Unfortunately, plague can sweep through and decimate...

2009-10-22 10:38:34

The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, is a world plague which represents one of the most serious problems for agriculture. However, the control methods currently present in the market for this plague are ineffective. The research group of the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Granada (Spain) has isolated and identified a stump of the genus Bacillus, extremely toxic for larvae of C. capitata. After subjecting such stump to a specific treatment, protected by a patent,...

2009-10-09 07:20:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The mystery of the Black Plague -- its origin, its carrier, the speed of its dissemination -- continues to puzzle historians and epidemiologists today, summoning fearsome images of a disease that devastated Europe, killing off one-third of the population, and the possibility of its reoccurrence. In his new nonfiction book, "Plague, Weather, and Wool" (published by AuthorHouse), Todd Richardson draws upon his background in medicine and history, as...

2009-09-29 07:30:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ADLS), today announced positive top-line results from a pivotal, non-human primate study involving its novel, once-a-day, oral antibiotic Restanza(TM) (cethromycin) demonstrating statistical significance at a 90% survival rate against an inhaled lethal dose of plague. The study tested Restanza's protective efficacy at various doses up to 64 mg/kg, where nine out of ten animals in the...

2009-09-22 18:15:08

About 100 people possibly exposed to plague-related bacteria blamed for a Chicago scientist's death have been given antibiotics as a precaution, officials say. Federal health officials are at the University of Chicago, where they have sealed off the laboratory of geneticist Malcolm Casadaban, who died Sept. 13, while they investigate what happened. Initial autopsy results revealed the presence of a version of Yersenia pestis bacteria he had been researching, the Chicago Tribune reported. City...

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2009-08-10 06:15:00

Chinese authorities have halted the quarantine that was set upon a small town of 10,000 people in order to contain a lethal epidemic of pneumonic plague. Local authorities took the order away on Saturday after no new cases were found or reported in a week, the Beijing News daily announced. The presence of the very vituperative disease killed three people in Ziketan, a town in the Qinghai province in China's northwest region. Ziketan locals contacted by AFP Wednesday noted that some...

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2009-08-06 12:42:42

Chinese state media reported that a dog is suspected to be the origin of an outbreak of pneumonic plague in northwest China that has left 10,000 people under strict quarantine and resulted in the deaths of three people, AFP reported. In an effort to contain the spread of the highly virulent disease, Ziketan, a remote town in a Tibetan area of Qinghai province, has been locked down since Saturday. Xinhua news agency said one patient was in critical condition and eight others were infected,...

2009-08-03 16:00:03

A new oral vaccine against sylvatic plague is showing significant promise in the laboratory as a way to protect prairie dogs and may eventually protect endangered black-footed ferrets who now get the disease by eating infected prairie dogs, according to results by a USGS researcher at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center. Sylvatic plague is an infectious bacterial disease usually transmitted from animal to animal by fleas. This exotic disease is usually deadly for black-footed ferrets and...

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2009-08-03 05:53:43

According to health authorities, thousands of people are under quarantine in a Tibetan town in northwest China after two men died of pneumonic plague and 11 others were confirmed to be infected. A 32-year-old herdsman in Ziketan in Qinghai province died due to the infection, and his 37-year-old neighbor also passed away on Sunday. Many of the others infected are relatives of the men and are being held in a hospital, authorities said. A team of experts has been sent to the town, and no...


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The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin