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Zinc 'keeps immune system in check'

Zinc 'keeps immune system in check' | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers say they have gained a key insight into how zinc helps the immune system fight infection.

 

A study shows that zinc stops the immune system from spiralling out of control, as happens when people develop sepsis.

 

The researchers say the findings could also explain why taking zinc supplements at the start of a cold can stem its severity.

 

 

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UV Light Emitting Machine Disinfects Hospital Rooms In Minutes

UV Light Emitting Machine Disinfects Hospital Rooms In Minutes | Longevity science | Scoop.it

It’s a staggering modern-day irony that the most common complication for hospital patients is acquiring an infection during their visit, affecting 1 in 20 patients in the US. It’s a problem estimated to cause millions of infections with 100,000 or so leading to death per year and a whopping $45 billion annually in hospital costs. If this isn’t bad enough, the tragedies from deadly superbugs within healthcare facilities are on the rise and will likely continue as the last lines of antibiotics fail without any new drugs moving fast enough up the pipeline to help.

 

Fortunately, an alternative to medication promises to vastly improve the disinfection of hospital rooms, thanks to a UV light-emitting robot from Xenex Healthcare.

 

 

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Bacteria-killing blue light used to stop infections

Bacteria-killing blue light used to stop infections | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Over the past few years, blue light has allowed us to understand heart problems, control brain functions, and activate muscle tissue. Now, another biomedical function can be added to its list – because it’s known to have antimicrobial qualities, it’s been used to stop infections of the skin and soft tissues.

According to the American Society for Microbiology, such infections are the second most commonly-encountered type in private practice, and the most common type presented in emergency rooms. Unfortunately, as bacterial resistance to antibiotics grows, other means of stopping these infections are increasingly needed.

 

 

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Blood Cleaning and Filtration

Blood Cleaning and Filtration | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new device has been tested to clean blood of bacteria.

 

In blood samples tested so far, the scientists have successfully removed 80 and 90 percent of the bacteria Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, respectively. They have also been able to remove over 80 percent of the blood’s inflammatory...

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