DETECTING DEADLY PRIONS
There is a new, more accurate way to test brain tissue for the biochemical signal of prions--proteins that cause a human brain-wasting illness related to mad-cow disease. The developers of the technique hope it can also be used to detect mad cow in cattle.
An intravenous antibiotic can prevent surgical infections, yet it's given correctly only 56% of the time, says a study in the Archives of Surgery. Most common mistake: giving it too late, too early or using the wrong antibiotic.
HERB SPELLS HEADACHE RELIEF
Two new studies conclude that the herbal extract butterbur may be...