Thursday, February 23, 2006

Kissing leads to meningitis

Intimate kissing with multiple partners, attending college, and a history of preceding illness are independent risk factors for meningococcal disease in adolescents, a new research shows. However, religious observance and meningococcal vaccination are tied to reduced risks, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. Meningococcal disease — a bacterial infection of the fluid within the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord — is largely a disease affecting children younger than five years, although in recent years both the US and UK have seen rising rates among teens, say researchers at the University of London.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Cancer Bite
A fatal cancer afflicting Tasmanian devils passes from one of the small marsupials to another when they bite each other, rather than being transmitted via a virus, according to a team of Australian researchers. The study, reported in the journal Nature, is the first documented instance of trauma-transmitted cancer.