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Toothpaste ingredient could fight malaria, research shows
LONDON (Reuters) - 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. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

AI 'scientist' finds that toothpaste ingredient may help fight drug-resistant malaria
(University of Cambridge) An ingredient commonly found in toothpaste could be employed as an anti-malarial drug against strains of malaria parasite that have grown resistant to one of the currently used drugs. This discovery, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge, was aided by Eve, an artificially intelligent 'robot scientist.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PPPs Likely to Undermine Public Health Commitments
Capacity-building support for developing countries to safeguard the public interest in terms of public health and especially, to ensure that no one is left behind, is essential. Credit: IPSBy Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR , Jan 17 2018 (IPS)The United Nations Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is being touted in financial circles as offering huge investment opportunities requiring trillions of dollars. In 67 low- and middle-income countries, achieving SDG 3 — healthy lives and well-being for all, at all ages — is estimated to require new investments increasi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Liquid-based sensor could cheaply monitor sick babies in remote areas
Getting medical attention to sick infants has been a longtime issue in many remote sections of the world. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that 21,000 children under the age of five die everyday from treatable diseases, such as diarrhea and malaria.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Types of zoonotic diseases
Zoonosis or zoonotic diseases are conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. These include rabies, malaria, and Lyme disease. Learn more. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers map druggable genomic targets in evolving malaria parasite
(University of California - San Diego) Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues across the country and around the world, have used whole genome analyses and chemogenetics to identify new drug targets and resistance genes in 262 parasite cell lines of Plasmodium falciparum -- protozoan pathogens that cause malaria -- that are resistant to 37 diverse antimalarial compounds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria parasite evolution in a test tube
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - January 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Carlton, J. M. Tags: Genetics, Microbiology perspective Source Type: news

Mapping the malaria parasite druggable genome by using in vitro evolution and chemogenomics
Chemogenetic characterization through in vitro evolution combined with whole-genome analysis can identify antimalarial drug targets and drug-resistance genes. We performed a genome analysis of 262 Plasmodium falciparum parasites resistant to 37 diverse compounds. We found 159 gene amplifications and 148 nonsynonymous changes in 83 genes associated with drug-resistance acquisition, where gene amplifications contributed to one-third of resistance acquisition events. Beyond confirming previously identified multidrug-resistance mechanisms, we discovered hitherto unrecognized drug target–inhibitor pairs, including thymidy...
Source: ScienceNOW - January 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Cowell, A. N., Istvan, E. S., Lukens, A. K., Gomez-Lorenzo, M. G., Vanaerschot, M., Sakata-Kato, T., Flannery, E. L., Magistrado, P., Owen, E., Abraham, M., LaMonte, G., Painter, H. J., Williams, R. M., Franco, V., Linares, M., Arriaga, I., Bopp, S., Core Tags: Genetics, Microbiology r-articles Source Type: news

Burkina Faso:GAC and TRP Comment On Global Fund Grants to Burkina Faso
This article provides a summary of the comments of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) on all three grants. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Enugu Approves N36 Million for World Bank Project Against Malaria
[Premium Times] The Enugu State Executive Council has approved N36 million as commitment fee to participate in a World Bank-sponsored programme aimed at reducing malaria in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - January 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria parasite packs genetic material for trip from mosquitoes to humans
(Penn State) The parasite that causes malaria has not one, but two, specialized proteins that protect its genetic material until the parasite takes up residence in a new host. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola:U íge - Governor Urges Faithful to Fight Cholera Outbreaks and Malaria
[ANGOP] U íge -The provincial governor of Uíge, Pinda Simão, called on Sunday in this city to the faithful of the Evangelical Baptist Church in Angola, and the population in general to continue to observe the prevention measures against cholera and malaria that is devastating the province. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - January 8, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

GM nightmare unfolds: Humans have created a MONSTER MOSQUITO that can now RESIST the pesticides meant to kill them
(Natural News) Getting bit by mosquitoes is never fun, and it can be downright deadly if they happen to be carrying diseases like malaria. Mankind’s quest to keep this nuisance under control, however well-meaning it may be, appears to have had the opposite of its intended effect as a new study shows how mosquitoes have... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bill Gates Thinks These 6 Innovations Could Change the World
When Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press, he changed the course of history. You could say the same about Thomas Edison’s light bulb, Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine, and Grace Hopper’s compiler. What will the next great invention to transform history? Here are a few innovations that I think are worth watching. Better Vaccine Storage Vaccines have saved millions of lives around the world, but they spoil if they aren’t stored at the right temperature. A group of inventors from Global Good in Seattle have created an innovative new refrigerator called the MetaFridge. It stays cold enough to keep vac...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bill Gates Tags: Uncategorized Innovation Optimist Source Type: news

Nigeria:African Cherry Provides Novel Cure for Drug-Resistant Infections, Malaria
[Guardian] Extracts of African star apple or cherry have been validated in recent studies as 'cure' for drug-resistant infections and malaria. CHUKWUMA MUANYA, Assistant Editor writes (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:African Cherry Provides Novel Cure for Drug-Resistant Infections, Malaria
[Guardian] Extracts of African star apple or cherry have been validated in recent studies as 'cure' for drug-resistant infections and malaria. CHUKWUMA MUANYA, Assistant Editor writes (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - January 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Hijacker parasite blocked from infiltrating blood
(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) A major international collaboration led by Melbourne researchers has discovered that the world's most widespread malaria parasite infects humans by hijacking a protein the body cannot live without. The researchers were then able to successfully develop antibodies that disabled the parasite from carrying out this activity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vivax malaria host receptor
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - January 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ash, C. Tags: Microbiology twis Source Type: news

Using rank order to identify complex genetic interactions
(American University) Applying new math, Kristina Crona, an American University assistant professor who researches in the area of mathematical biology, and her colleagues show how ranking pathogen mutants can help scientists understand how mutants evolve to resist drug treatments. This line of research could have implications for the treatment of diseases that can resist drug treatments, such as HIV and malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Angola:Angola to Have an Emergency Programme to Fight Malaria
[ANGOP] Cuito -Angola will present in January 2018 an Emergency Malaria Programme aimed to set strategies to reduce the incidence of this disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 1, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A phospholipid pathway from plants to parasites
(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Recent findings by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis may aid in the development of therapies to treat parasitic infections, including malaria, and may help plant scientists one day produce hardier crops. The research team's work will be published in the Dec. 29 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 29, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Drones with built-in cameras now being used to fight malaria
(Natural News) Most conversations involving drones revolve around the fact that they can be used for surveillance on individuals, and so they should be thought of as potentially scary pieces of technology. But a community in East Africa has figured out a way to put the novel new technology to good use in their continuing... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:90,000 Persons Benefit From Malaria Services in Akwa Ibom
[This Day] Uyo -Over 90,000 residents of Akwa Ibom State have over the past six years benefitted from malaria prevention service. Africare, an international non-governmental organization, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 28, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Hunger, Malaria, Snake Bite Kill 13 Chibok Girls in Boko Haram Custody
[This Day] Abuja -Thirteen of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 have died in the insurgents' custody, according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report monitored by TheCable News, an online news outlet. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Eritrea:Anseba - Malaria Prevalence Significantly Reduced
[Shabait] Keren -The prevalence of malaria has dropped by 97% in the Anseba region as a result of the integrated effort made by the Ministry of health, the public and stakeholders. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Can a mobile device get the better of malaria?
An Oxford firm has developed a device to sequence the genome of malaria parasites to help doctors detect the strain they're dealing with. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Rise in Malaria Deaths Worries Govt
[The Herald] GOVERNMENT is concerned with the increase in malaria deaths in Manicaland this year, and is coming up with targeted interventions to complement the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) exercise currently underway in most parts of the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Global Fund Gives Kenya U.S.$368.6 Million to Fight HIV-Aids, TB and Malaria
[East African] Kenya has finally received a cash grant of Ksh38 billion ($368.6 million) from the Global Fund to finance malaria, HIV and tuberculosis programmes in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa:People Stay Vigilant to the Threat of Malaria, Even When Infections Fall
[The Conversation Africa] Since the turn of the century great strides have been made to reduce the burden of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. But the disease, spread by the Anopheles mosquito, still remains a major threat: in 2015 there were an estimated 212 million cases worldwide, according to the most recent World Malaria Report. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Malaria Control Program Promises 2.6m Mosquito Nets
[Observer] Treated mosquito net forms a protective barrier around people sleeping under it. The insecticide in it not only kills mosquitoes, which carry the malaria parasites and other insects, but also repels mosquitoes. (Photo: Guardian.ng) (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Mutare Declared Malaria Zone
[The Herald] Mutare City has been declared a malaria zone following a high incidence of the disease, which saw 3 200 positive cases being identified and the resultant 31 deaths during this malaria season, a city official has revealed. The peak of the malaria season is between February and March. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dennis Bidwell obituary
My father-in-law, Dennis Bidwell, who has died aged 88, played a crucial part in the development in 1976 of the microplate enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Elisa), a laboratory tool that has had a lasting impact on the diagnosis of disease.The microplate consists of an eight-by-12 plastic grid of 96 small indentations numbered A1 to H12, which enables multiple tests to be carried out at the same time, rapidly and cheaply, using very small volumes ofblood or other liquid samples. Research carried out by Dennis and his colleague Alister Voller demonstrated that the Elisa was superior to existing diagnostics for diseases in...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 19, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Brian Higgins Tags: Immunology Viruses Medicine Science London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine World Health Organization Source Type: news

Tanzania:Malaria Drug Makers Must Not Be Stymied
[Daily News] IT has come to light that some municipalities in the country have not paid producers of a mosquito larvae killing chemical a total of 2bn/-. The municipalities received their consignments of the chemical but have remained silent on payment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UCLA senior delivers digital health monitoring to fight disease in Cameroon
As Vikash Singh looks forward to 2018 he is also looking forward to witnessing his education in action. Specifically how his background in medical research, artificial intelligence and machine learning — along with a $5,000UCLA Global Citizens Fellowship award and some innovative thinking — may potentially help save lives in Cameroon.Doctors at the HSPC Polyclinic in Kumba, a city located in the country ’s southwest region, will soon begin uploading patient information to a software application designed by Singh and a team of student programmers through Project DataReach, a company Singh launched in 2015 ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 18, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Kenya:Malaria Drug Duo-Cotecxin to Be Recalled From Kenyan Market
[East African] A commonly used antimalarial drug - Duo-Cotecxin - is set to be recalled from the Kenyan market for failing a laboratory quality test, the Health ministry has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola:Health Minister Announces Increased Measures to Combat Malaria in Huambo
[ANGOP] Huambo -Health Minister, Silvia Lutukuta, expressed on Sunday in Huambo city the need to implement increased measures to combat the outbreak of malaria that is hitting the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 18, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ethiopia:A Laudatory Medical Service
[Ethiopian Herald] Nowadays the health sector's transformation plan on the subject of reducing maternal mortality rate, slashing the incidence of Malaria, lessening of TB cases and creating HIV free society has been bearing fruits. It is crystal clear that Ethiopian National Health system is accentuating in nucleus doctrines of democratization as well as decentralization of the health care system. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 18, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Angola:Social Communication Promotes Malaria Prevention Campaign
[ANGOP] Huambo -The Ministry of Social Communication (MCS) will in 2018, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, take up a campaign to promote malaria prevention marketing, announced Sunday in Huambo cty the Secretary of State for Communication Social, Celso Malavoloneke. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania:JPM's Directive Being Ignored, Firm Laments
[Daily News] MUNICIPALITIES in the country owe the Tanzania Biotech Product Limited, producer of the biolarvacides - ‑ the latest and effective chemical that kills mosquito larvae ‑- more than 2bn/-, a situation that compromises the company's operations. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola:Health Minister Checks Malaria Situation in Huambo
[ANGOP] Huambo -The Health Minister, S ílvia Lutukuta, is since Sunday morning paying a working visit to the central Huambo province, where she is learning about the malaria situation in this region, which has been recording high levels of the disease since the beginning of this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola:Minister Wants More Investment in Health Education
[ANGOP] Luanda -The Minister of Health, Silvia Lutucuta, said last Saturday in Luanda that there is a huge need to invest much more in health education so that citizens are aware of the existence of malaria, and then fight against mosquitoes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

60 ° Pharmaceuticals (60P) Submits New Drug Application to US FDA for Antimalarial Drug Tafenoquine
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 60 Degrees Pharmaceuticals (60P) announced it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the United States Food and Drug Administration for the use of Tafenoquine to prevent malaria in adults traveling to... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications - December 18, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

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Katie Parker, CPNPFrom the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP   Over 93 million people travel over the winter holiday season.  Below are travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe while traveling!Tips for flying with a baby:*Babies tend to sleep more reliably at nighttime than they do during naptime travel after the first few weeks of life.  If you and your baby can sleep on the plane, a late-night flight may be the right way to go!*It is recommended that babies have their 2 month vaccinations prior to flying.Purchasing airline tickets:*Turbulence is the ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Safety Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Tips for Flying with a Baby
Katie Parker, CPNPFrom the desk of Katie Parker, CPNP   Over 93 million people travel over the winter holiday season.  Below are travel safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help keep your family safe while traveling!Tips for flying with a baby:*Babies tend to sleep more reliably at nighttime than they do during naptime travel after the first few weeks of life.  If you and your baby can sleep on the plane, a late-night flight may be the right way to go!*It is recommended that babies have their 2 month vaccinations prior to flying.Purchasing airline tickets:*Turbulence is the ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - December 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Safety Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Kenya:Kenya and Global Fund Sign New Grants to Accelerate Response to Diseases
[Global Fund] Nairobi -The Global Fund and health partners in Kenya today signed six grant agreements to strengthen the response to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. The grants aim to reach 1.3 million people with antiretroviral therapy by 2021, and drastically expand interventions to find more missing cases of TB, among other objectives. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Thailand battles drug-resistant malaria strains that imperil global campaign
BO RAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Once a smuggling stop for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrillas, Thailand's border town of Bo Rai finds itself on the frontline of a new battle against drug-resistant strains of malaria that could frustrate global attempts to stamp out the disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Chemicals causing malaria outbreaks across Africa as mosquitoes grow increasingly resistant to insecticides
(Natural News) Though it might seem like a rare, foreign disease to many Americans, nearly half of the entire world’s population is at risk of contracting malaria, a serious and sometimes fatal parasitic disease spread by Anopheles mosquitoes. Symptoms vary, and can include less acute conditions like fever, nausea, vomiting and general weakness, or serious,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya:Malaria Drug Duo-Cotecxin to Be Recalled From Market
[Nation] A commonly used antimalarial drug -- Duo-Cotecxin -- is set to be recalled from the Kenyan market for failing a laboratory quality test, the Health ministry has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - December 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers identify way to weaken malaria parasites against popular drug treatment
(Indiana University) Indiana University researchers have identified a way to block the ability of parasites that cause malaria to shield themselves against drug treatments in infected mice--a finding that could lead to the development of new approaches to combat this deadly disease in humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Does Chagas disease present a health risk to Canadians?
(McGill University Health Centre) Believe it or not, a tropical blood parasite native to Latin America could be harmful to Canadians. Infectious diseases like malaria or Zika may have dominated recent headlines but Chagas -- the 'Kissing Bug' disease -- is in the spotlight following the publication of a new case study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Experts from Winnipeg and Montreal warn natives of Latin America and their offspring are at risk of contracting Chagas disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news