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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Featured Issue: African Journal of Biomedical Research Vol.15 No.1 & 2

Today we are featuring vol.15 issues 1 & 2 from the African Journal of Biomedical Research. Here are some interesting studies from these issues:

Some of the most commonly used pesticides in world use cholinesterase inhibitor organophospates, which act on enzymes used in the nervous system. An article in the first issue of vol.15, "Suppression of Thyroid Hormone Receptor-Mediated Transcription by Methamidophos" by Ibhazehiebo & Koibuchi talks about Methamidophos, a cholinesterase inhibitor organophospate. Through pesticides, Methamidophos can suppress genes related to the thyroid hormone receptor, whose activities are essential for metabolism and development. The results of the study indicated that methamidophos suppresses gene transcription which may ultimately interfere with metabolic activity and organs which require thyroid hormone.
For the complete article and other articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=md&year=2012&vol=15&num=01&keys=V15N1

In the second issue of vol.15, the effects of noise level on health is studied in "Urban Environmental Noise Pollution and Perceived Health Effects in Ibadan, Nigeria" by Oloruntoba et al. Residents of Ibadan, Nigeria were surveyed to find out their perceived health effects of noise pollution and the sources of the noise. Noise level meters were used to assess noise level, and the results showed that population density of each area in Ibadan affected noise levels. For more details of this study and other articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=md&year=2012&vol=15&num=02&keys=V15N2

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