Tuberculosis relative Bacteria could be new ‘vaccine’

Injecting modified bacteria related to those which cause tuberculosis could protect against the lung disease, US scientists say.

Experiments on mice showed the injections could completely eliminate tuberculosis bacteria in some cases

The only TB vaccine – is not very effective.

The research is in its early stages and the potential for a human vaccine is unknown, campaign group TB Alert says.

Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is one of the top 10 leading causes of death, according to the World Health Organization, killing 1.7 million people each year.

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Top Surgeon Warns Against Hair Transplants Too Young

Young men shouldn’t have operations as soon as they start losing hair, according to one of the country’s leading hair transplant surgeons.

England footballer Wayne Rooney had a hair transplant in June aged 25

Doctor Bessam Farjo Famous Hair Transplant Surgeon says he has had enquiries from men as young as 19 but does not recommend hair transplants for under-25s.

I ask them questions about their family history, record the hair loss and monitor it over a period of time. I also offer them medication to see if their hair stops falling out

He is warning men to avoid surgery until they are closer to the age of 30.

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Soil bacterium helps kill Cancers

A bacterium found in soil is a showing promise as a way of delivering cancer drugs into tumours.

Spores of the Clostridium sporogenes bacterium can grow within tumours because there is no oxygen.

Scientists have been able to genetically engineer an enzyme into the bacteria to activate a cancer drug.

Experts said it would be some time before the potential benefits of the work – presented to the Society of Microbiology – were known.

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Researchers Successfully Injected Cultured Red Blood Cells In Human Donor

Researchers have successfully injected cultured red blood cells (cRBCs) created from human hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) into a human donor, according to study.

As the global need for blood continues to increase while the number of blood donors is decreasing, these study results provide hope that one day patients in need of a blood transfusion might become their own donors.

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Research:Fatty skin cell clue to baldness

RooneyFat cells in the skin have been identified as the source of chemicals needed to make hair grow, according to researchers in the US.

In Pic:Wayne Rooney famously had hair transplant surgery to combat a receding hairline

Experiment

Experiments on mice, reported in the journal Cell, suggested hair stem cells were controlled by fat.

Injecting a type of fat cell stimulated hair growth in mice which otherwise struggled to grow hair.

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