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2009-05-25 07:43:54

It appears that some superbugs have evolved to develop the ability to manipulate the immune system to everyone's advantage.A team of researchers at The University of Western Ontario, led by Joaquin (Quim) Madrenas of the Robarts Research Institute, has discovered some processes that reduce the lethal effects of toxins from superbugs, allowing humans and microbes to co-evolve. This discovery may lead to novel alternatives to antibiotics that specifically target the toxic effects of these...

2008-07-05 18:00:21

A NORTHUMBERLAND girl died from "toxic shock" - a condition that kills just three people a year in the UK - an inquest was told. For months the death of Samantha Mitchelson, who was found unconscious by her parents just hours after a doctor diagnosed the youngster with a chest infection, remained a mystery. But an inquest has revealed that the four-year-old died from toxic shock syndrome when her cold developed into a serious bacterial infection. The inquest was it would be difficult...

2006-04-10 16:40:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- A dangerous infection that pigs can pass to people took an unusually fatal form last year and killed 38 people, Chinese scientists reported on Monday. All but one of the people killed by Streptococcus suis in July and August 2005 in China died of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, they said. This severe type of immune reaction had never been seen in S. suis infections. Anyone who is diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome and who has...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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