Tag Archives: Tropical 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

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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28Dec/15
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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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07Nov/15

Sierra Leone declares end of Ebola epidemic

Sierra Leone’s Ebola epidemic is declared over, following 42 days with no new cases.
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09Oct/15

Discharged British Ebola nurse back in hospital

A Scottish nurse who had previously contracted Ebola during a trip to Sierra Leone has been readmitted to a London hospital.

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31Jul/15

WHO: Ebola vaccine trials promising

REUTERS/ MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES HANDOUT/ WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION) – It may soon be possible to protect humans against the deadly Ebola virus.

A new vaccine being tested in Guinea has been 100-percent effective,
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20Jul/15

Africa’s new anti-malarial drug shows promising test results, attracts international interest

Groundbreaking work by the University of Cape Town Drug Discovery and Development Centre, in the research and development of a potential single-dose cure for malaria, has attracted international interest, funding and scientists from around the world. The compound is said to disrupt the malaria parasite’s life cycle in animal models, effectively destroying it. Researchers say they are optimistic the drug will be effective in fighting malaria in future.

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24May/15

Saffron could help combat dengue, says Brazilian study

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (REUTERS) – These tiny little threads can turn foods a magical marigold color. Now it seems that saffron can also help limit the reproduction of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
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18May/15

WHO sets up $100 million fund to deal with future crises like Ebola

WHO admits it failed to respond adequately to the Ebola virus and sets up a $100 million dollar fund to be better prepared next time.

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