March 28, 2017

Perfluorinated Organic Compounds may reduce efficiency of vaccines

The perfluorinated compounds, PFOA and PFOS are compounds used in non-stick and water repellent coatings for fabrics and cookware. Recent studies indicate that these compounds, which can be environmental pollutants, interfere with the efficiency of vaccines. Children given inoculations against diphtheria and tetanus that have been exposed to perfluorinated compounds had a lower response in producing antibodies to the vaccines. More information from Science News here.

Antibiotics to treat radiation sickness

A fluoroquinolone antibiotic like ciprofloxacin may be useful to treat radiation sickness. Recently Science News reported on a study by a team of researchers looking at the combination of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic with a protein to treat mice that have been exposed to fatal doses of radiation. The treatment appears to protect radiation damaged bone marrow from marauding bacteria.

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