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Roads pave the way for the spread of superbugs

They play a major role in the spread or containment of antibiotic resistant bacteria, study suggests



Reducing spread of oral cancers

The spread of cancer cells in the tongue may be reduced if a gene that regulates cancer cell migration can be controlled, according to new research.



Microtentacles help tumour cells spread

Researchers have discovered that microtentacles, or extensions of the plasma membrane of breast cancer cells, appear to play a key role in how cancers spread to distant locations in the body.



Limiting the spread of antibiotics

Research by scientists at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry suggests that buffer strips of grasses and other plants can trap and break down veterinary antibiotics in manure fertilisers.



Switch turns on the spread of cancer

Researchers describe the discovery of a specific protein called disabled-2 (Dab2) that switches on the process that releases cancer cells from the original tumour and allows the cells to spread and develop into new tumours in other parts of the body.



Protein linked to the spread of viruses

Scientists have unlocked some of the secrets of a viral protein, known as Rev, which is very different from other proteins of the same type studied to date.



C. difficile spores spread superbug

New research suggests that antibiotic treatment could be asymptomatically inducing the transmission of the healthcare-acquired infection, C. difficile, contributing to the outbreaks that have recently been widely reported in hospitals and other settings.



Biotechnology system predicts spread of H1N1

First-of-its-kind system rapidly evaluates global air traffic patterns to predict the international spread of infectious diseases.



Preventing the spread of influenza

Research results show that face protection is a key infection control measure for influenza and can thus affect how people should try to protect themselves from the swine flu.



Minimising the spread of deadly Hendra virus

Groundbreaking CSIRO research into how the deadly Hendra virus spreads promises to save the lives of both horses and humans in the future.



Protein may aid cancer spread

A protein called Muc4 may be the essential ingredient that allows breast cancer to spread to other organs and resist therapeutic treatment.



Spread of pandemic influenza

Influenza is a viral infection that primarily spreads via fluid droplets from an infected person as coughs and sneezes to others nearby.



Investigative net closes in on how prions spread and can be disabled

Understanding how prions move through the food chain is an important step in tackling the neurogenerative disorders with which they are linked. Two new pieces of research, one in Germany, the other in England, have shed light on how prions spread and how they can be disabled.



Tumour blood vessels prevent the spread of cancer cells

A lack of the protein endoglin in the blood vessels of tumour-bearing mice enables the spread of daughter tumours, according to researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University, Sweden.



Researchers prevent cancer spread by blocking tissue scarring

What to fear most if faced by a cancer diagnosis is the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body. This process called metastasis accounts for over 90% of cancer patient deaths and therefore is a strong focus for cancer researchers.



New study shows how copper restricts the spread of global antibiotic-resistant infections

New research from the University of Southampton has shown that copper can prevent horizontal transmission of genes, which has contributed to the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant infections worldwide.



Fatty acids fight cancer spread

Tiny agents found in omega-3 could potentially be used to block the path of primary cancer tumors, preventing the advance to secondary stage cancers according to pharmacy researchers at the University of Sydney.



Flies may spread drug-resistant bacteria

Researchers found evidence that houseflies collected near broiler poultry operations may contribute to the dispersion of drug-resistant bacteria.



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