Five New Swine Flu Cases Bring UK Total To 117

May 25, 2009

According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), UK, there were five new confirmed cases of swine flu (H1N1), bringing the total to 117. The HPA’s laboratories carry out all testing of swine flu virus. The five new cases include two adults from London, two adults from South East England, and a child from the West Midlands. Two of them returned from a country where swine flu exists, while another is linked to a previously confirmed case in England – the sources of the other two are still being investigated, the HPA reported. Nobody in the UK has died from swine flu.
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Four Out Of Five Incoming Prison Inmates In North Carolina Tested For HIV Under New Program

January 16, 2009

Four out of five inmates newly incarcerated in North Carolina prisons in November were tested for HIV through a new program launched by the Department of Correction and the Division of Public Health, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. The corrections department began the program on Nov. 1 in conjunction with the health division. According to the corrections department, of the 2,163 people who entered prisons in North Carolina in November, 1,784 received HIV tests. Ten inmates who previously were not aware of their HIV status were diagnosed with the virus last month, the News & Observer reports. Providing HIV/AIDS treatment to inmates costs the prison system about $1,700 per inmate monthly.
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Five Distinct Glial Types Inhabit Adult Drosophila CNS

January 16, 2009

Awasaki et al. have conducted an extensive analysis of glia in adult Drosophila CNS, laying groundwork for further elucidation of the functions of five identified classes. Each class has a distinct morphology and anatomical position, and each is likely to express different proteins and develop from a distinct lineage. The outer surface of the brain contained oblong glia, which proliferated postembryonically by symmetric cell division, likely on the brain surface. Large, sheet-like glia were present below this outer layer, and these probably form the blood” brain barrier. The cortex of the brain contained mesh-like glia, each of which encapsulated several neuronal somata. These are likely generated embryonically, and may provide metabolic support to neurons. The neuropile contained two types of glia, which proliferate postembryonically and probably migrate after proliferation. Fibrous, lamellar glia lined the boundaries of neuropile subcompartments and may provide electrical insulation. Dendritic glia filled the interior of the neuropile and may perform astrocyte-like functions.
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