Tag Archives: Infectious diseases

28Jan/18

Toothpaste ingredient could fight malaria, research shows

Research carried out in part by an artificially-intelligent (AI) ‘robot scientist’ has found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports. Continue reading

17Jan/17

Zimbabwe bans street vendors to stop typhoid outbreak

Authorities in Zimbabwe have ordered street food and produce vendors operating in the capital, Harare to cease operations in efforts to curb a typhoid outbreak.

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03Nov/16

Russians queue for HIV tests as health authorities warn of epidemic

Health authorities in Russia’s fourth largest city say one person out of every 50 in Yekaterinburg is HIV-positive and call on citizens to get tested.

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09Aug/16

Mosquito “magnet”: Why pests might be picking on you

RACINE, Wis., Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — During “mosquito season,” which in the continental U.S. lasts typically from late spring to early fall, when mosquito activity is highest, it may seem like mosquitoes are drawn to some people more than to others. Speculations about the potential causes of this “mosquito affinity” range from differences in blood types, hormones, skin care products or diets we follow.
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10Feb/16

Researchers in Singapore develop test kit for Zika virus

Researchers in Singapore have developed a kit to diagnose the rapidly spreading Zika virus.

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07Feb/16
samba dancer Diana Prado performs in a carnival parade

Rio revellers pay tribute to Michael Jackson in street Carnival band

Rio de Janeiro revellers gather at a Michael Jackson-themed street Carnival party amid concerns of the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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25Jan/16

Britain and Bill Gates pledge 4.2 billion dollars to fight malaria

Britain will spend 500 million pounds (700 million US dollars) per year for the next five years to battle malaria in a partnership with Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates worth a total of 3 billion pounds (4 billion US dollars).

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22Jan/16

CDC issues guidelines for pregnant women during Zika outbreak

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women to refrain from traveling to 14 countries and territories in the Caribbean and Latin America affected by the virus.

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28Dec/15
africa healthcare summit

A review of Africa’s health gains and challenges in 2015

Healthcare in Africa made huge strides in reducing malaria deaths below half a million this year but still faced challenges fighting the elusive Ebola virus which has claimed over 11,000 lives. The outbreak in West Africa has exposed major gaps in development aid, prompting a rethink of the balance between building health systems and tackling specific diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

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07Dec/15
Nobel laureates in medicine

Nobel laureates in medicine react to award

The scientists awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries in fighting parasitic diseases say teamwork and Chinese medicine are key components behind their successes.

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