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A study by The Rockefeller University in New York found that giving female mosquitoes - which suck blood - drugs containing appetite-suppressing proteins stopped them biting.
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Publication date: Available online 8 March 2019Source: Clinica Chimica ActaAuthor(s): Hui Chen, Kengku Liu, Zhao Li, Ping WangAbstractInfectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms and can be transmitted between individuals and populations thus threatening the general public health and potentially the economy. Efficient diagnostic tools are needed to provide accurate and timely guidance for case identification, transmission disruption and appropriate treatment administration. Point of care (POC) tests provide actionable results near the patient and thereby serve as a personal “radar”. In this revie...
Source: Clinica Chimica Acta - Category: Laboratory Medicine Source Type: research
Abstract Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms and can be transmitted between individuals and populations thus threatening the general public health and potentially the economy. Efficient diagnostic tools are needed to provide accurate and timely guidance for case identification, transmission disruption and appropriate treatment administration. Point of care (POC) tests provide actionable results near the patient and thereby serve as a personal "radar". In this review, we review clinical needs for POC testing for several major pathogens, including malaria parasites, human immunodefi...
Source: International Journal of Clinical Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Clin Chim Acta Source Type: research
A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, Zika and other dangerous infectious diseases and threatens to jeopardize 20 years of public health gains, experts warned on Thursday.
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(The Lancet) The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, and Zika virus, and threatens to jeopardize public health gains in the country over the past two decades, warn leading public health experts. The conclusion comes from a Review paper that provides the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of the crisis in Venezuela, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
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A study by The Rockefeller University in New York found that giving female mosquitoes - which suck blood - drugs containing appetite-suppressing proteins stopped them biting.
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(CNN) — From climate change to superbugs, the World Health Organization has laid out 10 big threats to our global health in 2019. And unless these threats get addressed, millions of lives will be in jeopardy. Here’s a snapshot of 10 urgent health issues, according to the United Nations’ public health agency: Not vaccinating when you can One of the most controversial recent health topics in the US is now an international concern. “Vaccine hesitancy — the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines — threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-prevent...
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Drones transporting sterilized male mosquitos, cybernetic dragonflies, genetically modified insects with malaria-resisting traits, supersensitive radars or digital maps: the most innovative methods are deployed in the war on the tiniest but most murderous beasts out there: mosquitos, fleas, ticks carrying infectious diseases. Here’s the latest arsenal of digital technologies to eradicate insects and reduce deadly epidemics. Unusual suspects: mosquitos, fleas, and ticks Sharks, bears, tigers, the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog in association with sharp teeth and claws represent the traditional image of deadly animals. Ho...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Biotechnology Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Policy Makers Researchers AI big data CRISRP digital health digital maps disease disease awareness epidemics gene editing Healthcare Innovation insect mosquito prev Source Type: blogs
Source: World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Published: 11/2018. This training package contains a series of training videos for vector control program workers in the Region of the Americas. Diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Chagas disease have become important public health problems; the successful use of pesticides depends on their appropriate use in controlling these diseases. These videos cover personal protective measures and biosafety (before, during, and after insecticide fogging); operation, calibration, and maintenance of public health equipment u...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Abstract Vectors are living organisms that transmit infectious diseases from an infected animal to humans or another animal. Biological vectors such as mosquitoes, ticks, and sand flies carry pathogens that multiply within their bodies prior to delivery to a new host. The increased prevalence of vector-borne diseases (VBDs) such as Aedes-borne dengue, Chikungunya (CHIKV), Zika (ZIKV), malaria, tick-borne disease (TBD), and scrub typhus has a huge impact on the health of both humans and livestock worldwide. In particular, zoonotic diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks place a considerable burden on public h...
Source: Current Medicinal Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Curr Med Chem Source Type: research
Malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, Dengue fever, and Lyme disease are common causes of morbidity and mortality around the world. While arthropod bites may cause local inflammation and discomfort, a greater concern is the potential to develop deadly systemic infection. The use of insect repellents (IR) to prevent systemic infections constitutes a fundamental public health effort. Cost-effectiveness, availability, and high-efficacy against arthropod vectors are key characteristics of an ideal IR.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Source Type: research
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