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Why are we ignoring requests to tackle Ebola? - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Why is the Government ignoring requests from both the US and UK to send medical personnel to tackle Ebola in West Africa? It's a disturbing abrogation of our responsibilities on the world stage.
24/10/2014  from ABC Health     Read More      Permalink
Ebola protocols in place for Mid North Coast hospitals
Protocols have been developed to handle and Ebola cases on the Mid North Coast
23/10/2014  from ABC Health     Read More      Permalink
Chromobacterium Csp_P Reduces Malaria and Dengue Infection in Vector Mosquitoes and Has Entomopathogenic and In Vitro Anti-pathogen Activities
by Jose Luis Ramirez, Sarah M. Short, Ana C. Bahia, Raul G. Saraiva, Yuemei Dong, Seokyoung Kang, Abhai Tripathi, Godfree Mlambo, George Dimopoulos Plasmodium and dengue virus, the causative agents of the two most devastating vector-borne diseases, malaria and dengue, are transmitted by the two most important mosquito vectors, Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti, respectively. Insect-bacteria associations have been shown to influence vector competence for human pathogens through multi-faceted actions that include the elicitation of the insect immune system, pathogen sequestration by microbes, and bacteria-produced anti-pathogenic factors. These influences make the mosquito microbiota highly interesting from a disease control perspective.
23/10/2014  from PLoS     Read More      Permalink
Drones help show how environmental changes affect the spread of infectious diseases
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research. In a new article, experts demonstrate that drones can be used to understand how environmental factors influence the spread of infectious diseases.
22/10/2014 12:34:44 PM  from Science Daily     Read More      Permalink
Skin patch could replace the syringe for disease diagnosis
Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. Scientists now they have designed and successfully tested, for the first time, a small skin patch that detected malaria proteins in live mice. It could someday be adapted for use in humans to diagnose other diseases, too.
22/10/2014 10:35:54 AM  from Science Daily     Read More      Permalink
The WHO has failed the Ebola disaster - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The World Health Organization has botched the Ebola disaster by focussing on paternalistic issues like obesity and tobacco, rather than the pandemic diseases it was specifically set up to handle.
22/10/2014  from ABC Health     Read More      Permalink
Modern makeover
Thousands of years of civilisation have resculpted the human body. Does this mean we are still evolving?
22/10/2014  from New Scientist     Read More      Permalink
Efficacy of intravenous methylene blue, intravenous artesunate, and their combination in preclinical models of malaria
Intravenous artesunate (IV AS) is the present treatment of choice for severe malaria, but development of artemisinin resistance indicates that a further agent will be needed. Methylene blue (MB) is an approved human agent for IV and oral use, and is already being investigated for oral treatment of uncomplicated malaria. To initiate investigation of IV MB for severe malaria, the efficacy of IV MB was compared to IV AS and to their combination in rat and non-human primate malaria models. IV MB was compared to IV AS and to their combination in the Plasmodium berghei-infected rat, a self-curing model; the Plasmodium falciparum-infected Aotus monkey, a fatal model; and the Plasmodium cynomolgi-infected rhesus monkey, a fatal model.
21/10/2014  from Malaria Journal     Read More      Permalink
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