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Bioterrorism is an attack using a deliberate release of agents such as viruses, bacteria and other germs as a weapon to cause illness or death in people, animals or plants. Although the lethal agents can be found in nature, they can be altered to increase

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Bioterrorism: Should we be worried?

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PDT

The term 'biological warfare' is well-known. In this article, we delve into the details of its history, current status, and potential future.

Study identifies an enzyme inhibitor to treat Gulf War illness symptoms

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists shed light on the neurological consequences of exposure to low-levels of nerve agents and suggest a drug that could treat some of the toxins' effects.

Scientists find simple copper complex shuts down botulinum neurotoxin poisoning

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Clostridium botulinum is the bacterium that causes the neurointoxication, which produces one of the most potent toxins on earth and is classified as a potential bioterrorism threat.

80-year-old 'viable' anthrax strain debunked using advanced genomic sequencing

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of international researchers has found that a strain of anthrax-causing bacterium thought to have been viable 80 years after a thwarted World War I espionage attack, was, in reality, a much...

Anthrax spores use RNA coat to mislead immune system

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers from Harvard Medical School have discovered that the body's immune system initially detects the presence of anthrax spores by recognizing RNA molecules that coat the spores' surface.

Researchers sequence genome from 1979 Russian anthrax outbreak

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Analyzing small pieces of tissue from nearly 40-year-old human autopsies, Arizona researchers have sequenced the genome of the strain of Bacillus anthracis that caused a deadly anthrax outbreak in...

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Have the long-term effects been exaggerated?

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Atomic bombs dropped on Japan killed around 200,000 people in 1945. A new analysis investigates the 60-year health impact on survivors and their offspring.

Gene discovery may lead to better treatments for tendon injury

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Insights into the molecular network of a gene called Mkx should help improve the study of tendon physiology and lead to new treatments for tendon injury.

New drug against nerve agents in sight

Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The nerve agent sarin causes a deadly overstimulation of the nervous system that can be stopped if treated with an antidote within minutes of poisoning.

Particulate vaccine delivery systems may help protect against infectious disease outbreaks and bioterror threats

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Most traditional vaccines have safety and efficacy issues, whereas particulate vaccine delivery systems - which utilize nano- or micro-particulate carriers to protect and deliver antigens - are...

FDA approves new treatment for inhalation anthrax

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:00:00 PDT

On Friday, March 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Anthim (obiltoxaximab) injection to treat inhalational anthrax in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs.

Assessment of surgical danger when surgeons remove implanted small arms ammunition

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 PDT

In the paper "Stratification of risk to the surgical team in removal of small arms ammunition implanted in the craniofacial region: case report, by Jonathan A.

UTSA professor's new study explores the mind of a cyberterrorist

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PDT

A new study by Max Kilger, director of Data Analytics Programs at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Business, is delving into an aspect of cybersecurity rarely explored before...

New clues for battling botulism

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 03:00:00 PDT

Scientists decipher details of deadly toxin's cloaking mechanism that could guide development of new vaccines, treatments.Scientists at the U.S.

Why is the San Bernardino shooting rare among mass shootings?

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 04:00:00 PDT

The shooting in San Bernardino, CA yesterday marked the 355th mass shooting in the United States in less than as many days in 2015.

FDA approves vaccine for use after known or suspected anthrax exposure

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication for BioThrax (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) to prevent disease following suspected or confirmed exposure to Bacillus anthracis, the...

Terrorist acts increase prejudice and hate crimes against Muslims

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:00:00 PDT

Anti-Muslim prejudice and hate crimes increase in Europe and the USA as a consequence of Islamist terrorist attacks, a new study in the journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations reveals.

Irradiated anthrax can be sequenced - fast!

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:00:00 PDT

These days, mail addressed to selected government offices gets irradiated, in order to kill any biological agents, notably anthrax spores.

Schools are underprepared for pandemics and natural disasters: Study

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:00:00 PDT

Missouri schools are no more prepared to respond to pandemics, natural disasters, and bioterrorism attacks than they were in 2011, according to a study published in the October issue of the American...

What do we really know about the history of biological weapons use?

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:00:00 PDT

Few comprehensive, definitive histories of biological warfare have been written, many events reported in the literature never happened, and few details are available about some uses of biological...

Social media is transforming emergency communications -- Ben-Gurion U. study

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:00:00 PDT

Social media channel communication (e.g. Twitter and Facebook) is sometimes the only telecommunications medium that survives, and the first to recover as seen in disasters that struck the world in...

Analytics for resilience

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 02:00:00 PDT

Improving global security through real-time analysis of complex risksStatistical models are playing an increasingly important role in risk analysis and helping the United States and other...

New in the Hastings Center Report: Disclosing misattributed parentage, treating terrorists, informed consent in the era of personalized medicine

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:00:00 PDT

1. When Should Genome Researchers Disclose Misattributed Parentage?Amulya Mandava, Joseph Millum, and Benjamin E.

Researchers develop aerosolized vaccine that protects primates against Ebola

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PDT

A collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the National Institutes of Health have developed an inhalable vaccine that protects primates against Ebola.

Scoring system can help trauma centers improve care during surges in trauma cases

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:00:00 PDT

New Trauma Surge Index -- based on Trauma Quality Improvement Program data -- is the first attempt to statistically evaluate periods of high activity in trauma baysA scoring system that can...