Singing Dogs, Once Thought Extinct, Found in the Wild
A new genetic analysis confirms prior sightings in New Guinea. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - September 1, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: global deaths near 800,000; Australian state of Queensland brings in new restrictions
Australian state of Victoria records 13 more deaths and 182 new cases; WHO hopes pandemic will finish in less than two years; Spain records 8,000 new cases. Follow latest updatesDozens of schools report infections in BerlinNurses horrified by neglect of woman from Melbourne nursing homePapua New Guinea bans Chinese mine staff ‘given experimental vaccine’Tour de France: teams will be expelled if two members test positiveSee all our coronavirus coverage4.00amBSTNow is probably a good time to catch up on all the news so far today:3.46amBSTSouth Korea has reported its ninth straight day of triple-digit case increas...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 22, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Josh Taylor (now) and Matilda Boseley (earlier) Tags: World news Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

PNG demands China explain COVID-19 vaccine trial on miners
Papua New Guinea says it has halted the arrival of Chinese workers after a Chinese mining company claimed to have immunized employees against COVID-19 in an apparent vaccination trial (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

PNG questions Chinese company claim to use COVID-19 vaccine
Papua New Guinea says it halted the arrival of Chinese workers after a Chinese mining company claimed to have immunized employees against COVID-19 in an apparent vaccination trial (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New humanitarian air service boosts COVID-19 response in the Pacific
A flight carrying protective masks, ventilators and other essential medical supplies for COVID-19 response, landed in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, marking the start of a humanitarian air service for the Pacific region, Governments and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have announced. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mandela Prize awarded to Greek and Guinean rights activists
The 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize, which is awarded every five years and recognizes those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity, will go this year to Marianna Vardinoyannis, of Greece, and Doctor Morissana Kouyaté, of Guinea, it was announced on Friday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

"A vicious circle": repatriation of Bissau-Guinean Quranic schoolboys from Senegal - Boiro H, Einarsd óttir J.
This article treats repatriation of Bissau-Guinean Quranic schoolboys from Senegal where they beg for their teachers who are named marabouts. Data is based on fieldwork that occurred between 2009 and 2017 and focuses on the marabouts, parents, villagers, N... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

'Papua New Guinea is not prepared': 4,000 nurses to strike over Covid-19 readiness
Thousands of nurses expected to stop work this week over concerns about lack of personal protective equipmentFour thousand nurses are expected to participate in strikes across Papua New Guinea this week over concerns that the Pacific nation lacks the medical supplies and funding to handle a potential coronavirus outbreak.The industrial action follows a sit-in by nearly 600 nurses in the capital of Port Moresby on Thursday over concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment for medical staff.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 30, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Lyanne Togiba in Port Moresby Tags: World news Papua New Guinea Asia Pacific Pacific islands Coronavirus outbreak Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

No sustainable development or peace without women: UN deputy chief
The world will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if half the planet is left behind, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said in Papua New Guinea on Sunday: International Women’s Day. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global heating a serious threat to the world's climate refuges, study finds
Biodiversity hotspots with millions of years of climate stability could be among the world ’s hardest hit regionsBiodiversity hotspots that have given species a safe haven from changing climates for millions of years will come under threat from human-driven global heating, a new study has found.Species that have evolved in tropical regions suchAustralia ’s wet tropics, the Guinean forests of Western Africa and the Andes Mountains will come under increasing stress as the planet warms, the study finds.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 4, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Graham Readfearn Tags: Environment Climate change Biodiversity Conservation Wildlife Australia news Science Endangered species Endangered habitats Animals Source Type: news

Remarkable Walking Sharks Are Strutting All Over and Here ’s Their Deal
Scientists have discovered four new species of walking sharks proving the ocean somehow can always seem a little more mysterious. According to a study published in the Marine and Freshwater Research journal on Tuesday, the Hemiscylliidae genus of sharks “walk” using their pectoral and pelvic fins to move across the ocean floor and live in coastal waters around northern Australia and the island of New Guinea. But if you’re now having visions of a walking Jaws strolling toward you through the surf, not to worry. The scientists who authored the study say that walking sharks, also called “epaulette&rdqu...
Source: TIME: Science - January 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Megan McCluskey Tags: Uncategorized animals clickmonsters onetime viral Source Type: news

In the Loop: Volunteering as a family in Papua New Guinea
A six-month overseas mission trip with her family was life changing in many ways for Jenn Rodemeyer, including how she views her work as a child life specialist at Mayo Clinic. Jenn Rodemeyer stood among her students, sharing simple lessons about good hygiene. When it came time to share tips for tooth brushing, she picked [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 21, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Multiple Denisovan-related ancestries in Papuans
(Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) Researchers examined DNA fragments passed down from Neanderthals and Denisovans to modern people living in Island Southeast Asia and New Guinea and found: the ancestry of Papuans includes not just one but two distinct Denisovan lineages, which had been separated from each other for hundreds of thousands of years. One of those Denisovan lineages is so different from the other that they might even be considered an entirely new group of archaic hominins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Chinese evergreen plant (Aglaonema) poisoning in a child presenting to an urban hospital in Papua New Guinea - Oge R.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

At what age do you feel 65?
(Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) At what age do you feel 65? New study reveals wide variations in how well or poorly people age. A 30-year gap separates countries with the highest and lowest ages at which people experience the health problems of a 65-year-old, according to a new scientific study. Researchers found 76-year-olds in Japan and 46-year-olds in Papua New Guinea have the same level of age-related health problems as an " average " person aged 65. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 – Indonesia
On 12 February, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed in Papua province, Indonesia. Two genetically-linked VDPV1 viruses were isolated from a child with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) with onset of paralysis on 27 November 2018 and in a healthy community contact, a child whose stool sample was collected on 24 January 2019. The location of this healthy child, with the VDPV isolation, is in a remote village, approximately 3 –4 km away from the AFP case with onset of paralysis on 27 November 2018. Even though this province shares a border with Papua New Guinea, this outbreak is not l...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 27, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 – Papua New Guinea
On 26 June 2018, an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) was declared in Papua New Guinea following laboratory confirmation of cVDPV1 isolation in two healthy community contacts of the index case. Since the declaration, a total of 26 confirmed cVDPV1 cases have been reported in the following nine provinces: Eastern Highlands (six), Enga (five), East Sepik (four), Madang (three), Morobe (three), Jiwaka (two), Gulf (one), Southern Highlands (one), and National Capital District (NCD) (one). The last laboratory-confirmed case reported having experienced the onset of paralysis in late October 2018....
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Type 1 and Outbreak Response --- Papua New Guinea, 2018
On June 22, 2018, the Papua New Guinea National Department of Health confirmed an outbreak of poliomyelitis caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 following isolation of genetically linked virus from a patient with paralysis and nonhousehold community contacts. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 7, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Outbreaks Polio (poliomyelitis) Polio Vaccination Vaccines Source Type: news

'Full price, full body': norms, brideprice and intimate partner violence in highlands Papua New Guinea - Eves R.
This paper draws on qualitative research in Jiwaka Province, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG), to examine the changing nature of marriage in that context. In particular, it examines how changes in the practice of brideprice have been associated w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Meet Denny, the ancient mixed-heritage mystery girl
After the unearthing of a Neanderthal-Denisovan fossil, UK scientists are using groundbreaking techniques to learn more of the species ’ complex bonds with humansOf all the ancient peoples that have been studied by scientists, none has set puzzles quite so profound as those left behind by the Denisovans. Only a few tiny pieces of bone and teeth have ever been found of this long extinct species – fragmentary remains that would all fit snugly inside a cigarette packet.Yet these fossil scraps suggest that Denisovans had a considerable influence on people today. Up to 6% of the genes now found in modern New Guinean...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie Tags: Evolution Anthropology Neanderthals Science Biology Research University of Oxford University of Manchester Source Type: news

Papua New Guinea Is Rich in Resources but Poor in Health
The Pacific nation hoped that hosting the APEC summit meeting would elevate its international profile, but a national health crisis threatens to overshadow it. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JO CHANDLER Tags: Medicine and Health Epidemics Poliomyelitis Australia Papua New Guinea Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) Source Type: news

Malaria Hits Papua New Guinea Once Again
(MedPage Today) -- Historic declines in 2013-2014 offset by major increase in 2017 (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

First humans to reach Australia likely island-hopped to New Guinea then walked – study
Researchers map likeliest route using least-cost calculations, line-of-sight sailing and likely sea levelsThe first people to arrive in Australia are likely to have sailed east from Borneo to Sulawesi and island-hopped to New Guinea, according to research.A study led by Australian National University PhD candidate Shimona Kealy andpublished in the Journal of Human Evolution has modelled the most likely route from southeast Asia to the Australian mainland based on which pathway would have required the least expenditure of energy and resources.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 30, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Calla Wahlquist Tags: Indigenous Australians Asia Pacific Australia news Australian universities World news Archaeology Anthropology Evolution Science Source Type: news

Girls are saying no to FGM – and they need political champions
UNITED NATIONS, New York– “When I was young, I did not want to be cut,” said Aissata Camara, speaking at the High-Level Panel on Female Genital Mutilation, held during the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.“I am one of those 200 million girls who have been cut,” said the Guinean-American activist and co-founder of the There Is No Limit Foundation. “I am here to speak for the 68 million that are now at risk.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: grojec Source Type: news

STI that causes genitals to erupt and rot is diagnosed in Southport
Usually found in tropical locations, such as New Guinea, the STI, known as donovanosis, causes ulcers to grow and spread on the intimate regions, before the flesh of the genitals starts to eat itself. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rare flesh-eating STI that causes genitals to erupt and ROT has been diagnosed in Southport
Usually found in tropical locations, such as New Guinea, the STI, known as donovanosis, causes ulcers to grow and spread on the intimate regions, before the flesh of the genitals starts to eat itself. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A critical review of potential tsunamigenic sources as first step towards the tsunami hazard assessment for the Napoli Gulf (Southern Italy) highly populated area - Alberico I, Budillon F, Casalbore D, Fiore VD, Iavarone R.
Catastrophic tsunami events like those occurred in Papua New Guinea in 1998, Sumatra in 2004 and Japan in 2011, attracted the attention of the scientific community and promoted the development of different tools for assessing tsunami hazard. A preliminary ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Madagascar:HIV-TB Connection - Key to Ending Infections
[IPS] London -A group of teenage boys huddle around Michelle in the mangroves behind Joyce Bay, a spot frequented by men who have sex with men (MSM) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV-TB Connection: Key to Ending Infections
Michelle, a transgender peer educator, walks through her village in Joyce Bay, Port Moresby. Credit: Tom MaguireBy Tom MaguireLONDON, Jul 24 2018 (IPS)A group of teenage boys huddle around Michelle in the mangroves behind Joyce Bay, a spot frequented by men who have sex with men (MSM) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). She asks them how regularly they have sex and whether they have been tested for HIV or tuberculosis (TB). Her questions are met with giggles, intrigue and confusion. It turned out that none of the eight present have been tested for either disease. Michelle is a peer educator working to test key populat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tom Maguire Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

3 new Guinea worm cases found in setback for South Sudan
3 new Guinea worm cases found in South Sudan, a setback after closing in on eradication (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Research suggests new vaccine candidates for malaria
(American Society for Microbiology) Researchers have shown that higher levels of Plasmodium falciparum antibodies are protective against severe malaria in children living in Papua New Guinea. Children who have higher levels of antibodies to a specific short amino acid sequence in the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, have much lower rates of clinical and severe malaria. This amino acid sequence, an antigen, is similar among P. falciparum strains elsewhere in the world, suggesting that this antigen would make a good target for a malaria vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine derived poliovirus – Papua New Guinea
On 21 May 2018, the regional polio reference laboratory reported to WHO the isolation of vaccine derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) from a child with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. The onset of the child ’s paralysis occurred on 24 April 2018. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Meet Benedict Allen, the explorer rescued by the Daily Mail against his will
Last year ’s expedition in Papua New Guinea ended in him falling ill, being rescued by the newspaper and facing accusations of imperialism. What drives him to seek out yet more adventures?Benedict Allen arrives dressed like an explorer: all in green, multi-pocketed jacket, sturdy trousers, a bag that could carry accessories in the Amazon. It is a somewhat anachronistic get-up for a meeting in central London, at the Savoy hotel, but very useful given that we want a picture of him in the gardens next to the Embankment, which, for our purposes, will double as a jungle.He takes the artifice like a trouper, pushing aside ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 28, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Stephen Moss Tags: Exploration Science Papua New Guinea Amazon rainforest Indigenous peoples Source Type: news

Polio outbreak confirmed in Papua New Guinea
A polio outbreak has been confirmed in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization reported Monday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Papua New Guinea polio outbreak declared
The virus was detected in a six-year-old boy in April and confirmed in two healthy children last week. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

De-colonising human rights: customary justice and child protection in Papua New Guinea - Paton M.
This article argues that the potential contribution of customary justice systems to the realisation of human rights has been under-investigated, under-acknowledged and under-utilised, primarily due to historical and lingering colonial attitudes within the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

New Guinea warriors used human bones as formidable daggers
Warriors in New Guinea favored human bone daggers as objects of great prestige, and deliberately engineered them to be stronger, according to a new study. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protecting women and girls after the earthquake in Papua New Guinea
MENDI, Papua New Guinea– When a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the remote Southern Highlands Province on 26 February, 18-year-old Julian Ako was heavily pregnant with her third child.She and her family emerged unscathed, but their home, like many others near the earthquake ’s epicentre, was severely damaged. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: grojec Source Type: news

Smooth dance moves confirm new bird-of-paradise species
(Cornell University) Newly publicized audiovisuals support full species status for one of the dancing birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 17, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UNICEF scales up psychosocial support for Papua New Guinea ’s children after devastating quakes
Children are suffering significant trauma and stress one month after a series of major earthquakes hit Papua New Guinea, the United Nations Children ’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday, warning about the possible long-term negative consequences. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Insecticide-laced mosquito netting has become widely used in fishing, releasing toxins into aquatic environments
(Natural News) From Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, to Madagascar, the populations of developing countries are turning insecticide-laced mosquito nets into makeshift fishing nets. A new study warned that this practice could have major repercussions for the environment, reported a Mongabay article. The study was inspired by the African experiences of lead author Rebecca Short. A researcher with the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herbal Drug Kratom Linked to Salmonella, CDC Says
Kratom grows naturally in the Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has been sold as a dietary supplement -- typically to help manage pain and boost energy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The use of home brew in Pacific Islands countries and territories - Nosa V, Duffy S, Singh D, Lavelio S, Amber U, Homasi-Paelate A, Alfred J.
This review examines what is known about the production and use of home brew in the Pacific Islands countries and territories. Data collection involved interviews of 78 men and women from the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Toga, and Tuvalu. The interv... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Papua New Guinea: MSF Statement on Access to Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Manus Island Transit Centers
In the NewsPapua New Guinea: MSF Statement on Access to Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Manus Island Transit CentersNovember 26, 2017The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on Papua New Guinea (PNG) authorities to allow access to the asylum seekers and refugees in Manus Island transit centers, in order to assess refugees’ conditions and provide essential medical care. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

Papua New Guinea: MSF Calls for Access to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Manus Island Transit Centers
In the NewsPapua New Guinea: MSF Calls for Access to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Manus Island Transit CentersNovember 28, 2017SYDNEY/NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 —The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called on Papua New Guinea to allow MSF to assess refugees' conditions and provide essential medical care in transit centers on Manus Island. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

What's the difference between explorers, anthropologists and tourists?
Criticism of explorer Benedict Allen, rescued in Papua New Guinea, raises an important question: when is it legitimate to travel to remote communities?An anthropologist, an explorer and a tourist walk into a bar. They ’re each clutching a spear. The anthropologist describes how it was presented to her on her seventh fieldwork season by the elders of the tribe. The explorer regales them with the tale of how he won the spear upon completing an initiation challenge the tribe had set for him, filmed for a documenta ry. The tourist explains that he paid $10 for his at the market, and needs to get back now otherwise the cr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 23, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mary-Ann Ochota Tags: Science Anthropology Colonialism Travel Research Source Type: news

Australia, NZ Officials Discuss Screening for Manus Refugees Australia, NZ Officials Discuss Screening for Manus Refugees
New Zealand and Australia have begun talks about screening procedures for asylum seekers holding out in a Papua New Guinea detention center, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday, amid reports of worsening health conditions there.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news