Warning: Climate Crisis Is Now the Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity
This year’s World Health Day launched a new warning: more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to “avoidable environmental causes”. Credit: BigstockBy Baher KamalMADRID, Apr 5 2022 (IPS) While the world’s top scientists and experts continue their arduous work to finally submit to politicians at the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (7-18 November 2022), a new alert now emerges: the climate crisis has already become the single biggest health threat to humankind. But this new alert should be no surprise: it rather constitutes the logic, expected cons...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 5, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Development & Aid Environment Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations World Health Day Source Type: news

Moderna Is Sharing Its Vaccine Technology With Low-Income Countries. But That Doesn ’t Mean Locally Produced Shots Are Coming Soon
Moderna, the Massachusetts-based company behind one of the two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, made the decision in 2020 not to enforce the patent on its shot. The move was meant to encourage low- and middle-income countries that couldn’t afford to purchase billions of doses of the vaccine (as the U.S., Canada, and many European countries had done) to develop their own versions of the shot using less expensive resources. On Mar. 8, Moderna went a step further, saying that it will now extend that promise indefinitely in the 92 low- and middle-income countries that are receiving doses from COVAX, the global vaccine distributio...
Source: TIME: Health - March 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Fighting Dengue Virus with Biological Weapons
Dr Ijaz Ali has spent the last 11 years persuading the authorities to use genetically engineered mosquitoes to fight dengue fever. The health department, however, is concerned about unforeseen circumstances that could arise from this method. By Zofeen EbrahimKarachi , Nov 2 2021 (IPS) Twenty-three-year-old Sarah Tajammal felt a sense of “impending doom” as she fought high fever, nausea, bouts of vomiting and extreme fatigue after being diagnosed with dengue two weeks back. Living in Lahore’s DHA area, which has reported the most dengue cases “because of the damp green environment”, she may have caught it at home...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Zofeen Ebrahim Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Environment Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Collaborative COVID-19 lockdown effort delivers major boost for vaccine innovation in Bristol
Faster vaccine development could be a step closer thanks to £ 4 million investment to Imophoron Ltd, a Bristol University biotech start-up developing a novel, next generation rapid-response vaccine platform called ADDomer ™ . Imophoron will use the investment to bring ADDomer vaccines to clinical stage, initially targeting three viruses, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), COVID-19, and mosquito-borne Chikungunya. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - October 7, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Announcements, Business and Enterprise, Grants and Awards, Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Life Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Biochemistry, Faculty Source Type: news

Bharat Biotech, IVI launch Chikungunya Vaccine Phase 2/3 trial in Costa Rica
CEPI first partnered with IVI and Bharat Biotech in June 2020, providing up to USD 14.1 million for vaccine manufacturing and clinical development of the BBV87 vaccine candidate. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - August 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zika virus case reported in India: Symptoms, treatment & other key things to know
Zika virus is spread by Aedes aegypti — the same mosquito that is also responsible for causing dengue and chikungunya. The virus is considered a huge cause for worry for pregnant women because it causes microcephaly, a birth defect. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapping dengue hot spots pinpoints risk for Zika and chikungunya
(Emory Health Sciences) Data from nine cities in Mexico confirms that identifying dengue fever " hot spots " can provide a predictive map for future outbreaks of Zika and chikungunya. All three of these viral diseases are spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 7, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The 10 Most Important Health Breakthroughs You Missed During the Pandemic
While most eyes were on COVID-19, researchers have also made groundbreaking advancements in other fields. Here’s a look. The other big vaccine news Public-health officials have long sought a vaccine against malaria, which infects up to 600 million people a year and kills 400,000, mostly children. This year, there was dramatic prog­ress toward that goal. In a study of 450 children in Burkina Faso, published in the Lancet in April, researchers reported that a new malaria vaccine, called R21, is 77% effective—just clearing the World Health Organization’s 75% efficacy standard. However, the sa...
Source: TIME: Health - June 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Innovation Magazine Source Type: news

Africa: We're a Step Closer to Figuring Out Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others
[The Conversation Africa] Mosquitoes contribute to the transmission of life-threatening diseases that include Zika, dengue, chikungunya, Rift Valley fever and malaria. Of these, malaria carries the most risk accounting for 229 million cases and more than 400,000 deaths in 2019. Africa accounted for 67% (274 000) of all malaria deaths worldwide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists use machine-learning approach to track disease-carrying mosquitoes
(Utah State University) A team of researchers from Utah State University, University of California, Davis and Yale University are using a machine-learning approach to map landscape connectivity of the species Aedes aegypti, the so-called Yellow Fever mosquito, which is a primary vector for transmission of viruses causing dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 22, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Scientists liken long Covid symptoms to those of Ebola survivors
Experts also studying similarities with lasting effects of Chikungunya virus in hope of finding new treatmentsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists are studying the similarities betweenlong Covid and ongoing symptoms experienced by survivors of Ebola and Chikungunya virus in the hope of devising new treatments to improve their health.Like patients with long Covid, survivors of these other, relatively new human viruses, often experience lingering symptoms which can make it difficult to work or function in everyday life.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: Long Covid Coronavirus Ebola Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Dengue —an Epidemic Within a Pandemic in Peru
International Year of Volunteers: A volunteer ombudsman in Peru helps a local woman with her problem, 2001. Credit: UN PhotoBy Carmen ArroyoUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2021 (IPS) While the world is grappling with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peru is still dealing with an epidemic that it has not been able to control—the mosquito-borne viral disease known as dengue. With almost 56,400 confirmed cases as of December, Peru is suffering the worst dengue epidemic since 2017, when the virus infected over 68,000 people. The illness, coupled with the novel coronavirus crisis, has left thousands of people exposed to malnu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carmen Arroyo Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition F Source Type: news

Chikungunya may affect central nervous system as well as joints and lungs
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Investigation conducted by international group of researchers showed that chikungunya virus can cause neurological infections. Risk of death in subacute phase is higher for patients with diabetes and significant for young adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sudan: Health Emergency Declared West Darfur As Chikungunya Cases Rise
[Radio Dabanga] El Geneina / Khartoum -- A State of Health Emergency has been declared in West Darfur in Sudan after 41 cases of chikungunya* fever were confirmed. On Monday, the governor of West Darfur, Mohamed El Doma, made the declaration after confirming that 41 people were infected with chikungunya out of a total of 52 suspected cases. There is also a scarcity of medicines, medical supplies, and hospital capacity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news