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Ralph Turchiano

I have a strong affinity for the sciences which led me to create my sites. My compulsion for the past decade has been reviewing literally every peer-reviewed research article. Which can easily be validated by following my posts. To me, science is where the real news is, as it will mold our destiny beyond that of politics or economics. ;-)

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Deutsche Bank executive ‘bared his teeth, adopted a martial arts stance and snarled at officers in middle of traffic’ amid claims ‘he was high on bath salts’

Deutsche Bank  Managing Director of Media Brian Mulligan claims he was assaulted by two LAPD  officers who wanted to steal $5,000 cash from him Officers reported  Mulligan appeared ‘under the influence’ and ‘out of it’ Mulligan suffered  several facial injuries from altercation and hospitalized Executive,  53, suing LAPD […]

Purified bacterial extract sprayed into lungs protection against all four major classes of pathogens including those responsible for anthrax and bubonic plague

Washington, D.C. — A purified extract prepared from a common microbe and delivered to the lungs of laboratory mice in a spray set off a healthy immune response and provided powerful protection against all four major classes of pathogens including those responsible for anthrax and bubonic plague, according […]

Natural compound in broccoli could treat devastating genetic skin disorder – Epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS

Washington, D.C. — The compound sulforaphane whose natural precursors are found at high levels in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables has been hailed for its chemopreventive powers against cancer. Now sulforaphane has demonstrated new skills in treating a genetic skin blistering disorder called epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS), Pierre […]

Q Fever microbe’s genome is deciphered

Study sheds light on potential bioterror agent, Coxiella burnetii Rockville, MD — Scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and their collaborators have deciphered and analyzed the complete genome sequence of Coxiella burnetii, a potential bioterror agent that causes Q Fever. C. burnetii, which was first isolated […]

Anthrax cellular entry point uncovered

Discovering the anthrax-Mac-1 gateway is a milestone in the ongoing efforts to protect humans from bioterrorism and bio-warfare BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The long-sought-after biological “gateway” that anthrax uses to enter healthy cells has been uncovered by microbiologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Anthrax spores enter […]

Virus kills breast cancer cells in laboratory

A nondisease-causing virus kills human breast cancer cells in the laboratory, creating opportunities for potential new cancer therapies, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers who tested the virus on three different breast cancer types that represent the multiple stages of breast cancer development. Adeno-associated virus type […]

Obama slammed for fundraising with ‘pro-drug, anti-police’ NBA player who stars in controversial ‘Stop Snitching’ DVD

President Barack Obama has been slammed for  fundraising with a ‘pro-drug, anti-police’ activist who allegedly cavorts with  gangsters. Obama is in New York City raising campaign  cash with ‘NBA Heroes’ — a selection of former and current basketball stars  including Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning. But […]

The bioweapon is in the post

You might think it would be difficult for a terrorist to obtain genes from the smallpox virus, or a similarly vicious pathogen. Well, it’s not. Armed with a fake email address, a would-be bioterrorist could probably order the building blocks of a deadly biological weapon online, and receive […]

Ausssie Man Jailed Over FaceBook Post

A central Victorian man who posted offensive personal comments about women on Facebook has been sentenced to four months in jail. David McRory, 22, of Bendigo pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to offend and publishing objectionable material online on Facebook. He and friend Joshua Turner, 22, […]

Chlamydia pneumoniae Responsible for Atherosclerosis

Rogue bacteria involved in both heart disease and infertility Researcher uncovers how chlamydia sabotages human immunity Chlamydia pneumoniae is a microbe that normally causes pneumonia and bronchitis, but it has long been associated with atherosclerosis, a cardiovascular disease also called “hardening of the arteries.” “It was a frightening […]

First identification of a strong oral carcinogen in smokeless tobacco – nitrosamines

Contact: Michael Bernstein 215-418-2056 (Philadelphia Press Center, Aug. 17-23) 202-872-6042 Michael Woods 215-418-2056 (Philadelphia Press Center, Aug. 17-23) 202-872-6293 American Chemical Society PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 22, 2012 — Scientists today reported identification of the first substance in smokeless tobacco that is a strong oral carcinogen ― a […]

Energy companies ‘overcharge customers by £600m’

Energy companies have overcharged households and businesses up to £600 million   by manipulating the electricity market, ministers have said. By Rowena Mason, Political Correspondent 10:00PM BST 21 Aug 2012 The Government believes companies have been “profiting unfairly at the expense   of [the] consumer” by overloading the national grid with […]

Cholesterol Lowerings Drugs May Create Manifestations of severe irritability included homicidal impulses, threats to others, road rage, generation of fear in family members, and damage to property.

Severe irritability associated with statin cholesterol-lowering drugs Background: As use of a drug becomes widespread, the full spectrum of its effects becomes clearer. Although a link has been suggested  between low or lowered cholesterol and irritability/aggression, less is known about possible links between irritability and   statins. Aim: To assess […]

Retired military members and CIA officers accuse Obama of spilling sensitive national security details to help secure his re-election.Top U.S. general blasts ex-officers for attacking Obama

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — US military chief General Martin Dempsey denounced ex-officers Tuesday for waging a campaign against President Barack Obama, arguing that soldiers had a duty to stay above the political fray. Wading into a potential minefield during a hotly contested White House race, Dempsey […]

Environmental toxicants causing ovarian disease across generations

Contact: Michael Skinner 509-335-1524 Washington State University WSU researchers expand research on environmental epigenetics and ovarian disease PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have found that ovarian disease can result from exposures to a wide range of environmental chemicals and be inherited by future generations. WSU reproductive biologist […]

Viruses with integrated gene switch

Contact: Dr. Sibylle Kohlstädt Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Numerous viruses are used in the service of science today. They serve as gene taxis to transfer therapeutic genes into body cells or as therapeutic viruses targeted to infect and destroy cancer cells. For such applications, the […]