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  • Meant to Keep Mosquitos Out, Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In

    01/24/2015 10:15:56 AM PST · by kristinn · 44 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, January 24, 2015 | Jeffrey Gettleman
    Nobody in his hut, including his seven children, sleeps under a net at night. Instead, Mr. Ndefi has taken his family’s supply of anti-malaria nets and sewn them together into a gigantic sieve that he uses to drag the bottom of the swamp ponds, sweeping up all sorts of life: baby catfish, banded tilapia, tiny mouthbrooders, orange fish eggs, water bugs and the occasional green frog. “I know it’s not right,” Mr. Ndefi said, “but without these nets, we wouldn’t eat.” Across Africa, from the mud flats of Nigeria to the coral reefs off Mozambique, mosquito-net fishing is a growing...
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVzppWSIFU0

    01/06/2015 1:38:21 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 01/05/15
    Bill Gates recently got to check out the Omniprocessor, an ingenious machine designed and built by Janicki Bioenergy, which turns human waste into water and electricity. In places without good waste treatment plants, it could be a real game-changer.
  • Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

    01/06/2015 1:51:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/06/2015 | Rob Price
    YouTube/thegatesnotesBill Gates has taken to his blog to discuss the latest project from the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: a machine that transforms human waste into clean water and electricity. According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki Bioenergy.The machine extracts water from sewage that's piped in or delivered to the facility. The dry sewage is then incinerated to generate steam, which powers the entire...
  • Don't focus too much on Ebola, warns the Queen

    11/19/2014 1:26:56 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 November 2014 | Francesca Infante
    The Queen warned last night that focusing too much attention on the Ebola outbreak could lead to an upsurge in other deadly diseases such as malaria. At an event alongside world leaders in the science of infectious diseases yesterday, she asked ‘piercing’ questions about how the disease ought to be controlled. And the monarch said she worried that Ebola, which has claimed 5,000 lives already, risked overshadowing the risk from other deadlier diseases like malaria, which kills the same number every week.
  • Mankind Has Suffered More from Bugs than Battles!

    10/28/2014 7:57:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/28/14 | Dr. Don Boys
    God help us! World health officials have not been very helpful Decaying corpses were stacked all over the burial ground and the streets were littered with the dead. When trains arrived at railroad stations, they had to be cleared of dead and dying passengers. The killer was Spanish influenza of 1918-19. In the U.S., about 500,000 people died, mostly young adults! This plague started (at least in the U.S.) in a Kansas army camp and within a week it was in every state! It then jumped the Atlantic Ocean to cut down millions. Five million people died in India! Total...
  • The Ebola “Monster” is Peaking; the Real Ones Are Not

    10/24/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/24/14 | Michael Fumento
    Endemic diseases that don't make headlines, like tuberculosis, malaria, and infectious childhood diarrhea, each kill more people every two days than have died of Ebola in 28 years. The Ebola Monster is Peaking; the Real Ones Are Not In a sense, everything you need to know about the veracity of those nightmarish Ebola epidemic projections was summarized in the October 14 press conference held by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Ebola head, Bruce Aylward. He said: currently there were about a thousand new cases a week; • it’s “too early to say” whether “the epidemic [is] slowing down” [emphasis added]...
  • EXPERTS: MALARIA COULD THREATEN US MILITARY EBOLA MISSION IN WEST AFRICA

    10/04/2014 6:32:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 4, 2014 | by FRANCES MARTEL
    Officials and medical personnel have expressed concern that American troops being deployed in Liberia to fight the spread of the Ebola virus may be at risk for contracting malaria, an often just-as-deadly disease more easily spread in an insecure sanitary atmosphere. A local report from Denver's KUSA notes that, in the wake of Fort Carson, Colorado sending 160 troops to Liberia in the coming weeks, military medical personnel are beginning to engage with the possibility of troops contracting malaria. According to medical expert Dr. John Torres, one child dies every day in Africa from malaria, an astronomical figure. While Ebola...
  • No Trace Of Ebola On New Orleans-Bound Ship, CDC Insists

    09/18/2014 5:23:23 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    WDSU ^ | 9-17-2014
    UPDATED 11:48 PM CDT Sep 17, 2014 Marine Phoenix identified as ship from Africa with sick crewNEW ORLEANS —In a statement released late Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control stressed that crew members on a freighter inbound to New Orleans were suffering from malaria and show no traces of Ebola. Official confirms 1 person aboard African ship has malaria. A crew member who fell ill on a ship from Africa is diagnosed with malaria, an official says. First responders who took those individuals to the hospital wore protective garb as a precaution, though health officials noted early on that...
  • Dog Meat: It Cures Malaria, Repels Witches – Eaters in Ibusa, Agbor, Ubulu-Uku, Umunede

    09/02/2014 6:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | September 02, 2014 | Emmanuel Okolie
    AGBOR—THE number of people turning to dog meat (flesh and other palatable parts derived from dogs) for its undocumented health and spiritual benefits is snowballing, compelling sellers to open road side joints where they butcher and sell the meat, fresh or cooked. From Ibusa to Agbor, Ubuluku and Umunede in Delta State, you see men mostly in hidden or open kiosks demolishing plates of dog meat pepper soup, which they claim stands out from any other meats Dog meat joint Dogs butcher at work Dogs butcher at work As a group of people gathered round a giant size cooking pot...
  • Ebola Hysteria Redux

    08/06/2014 6:44:58 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/14 | Michael Fumento
    If you must worry about a new plague, focus on antibiotic-resistant bugs like MRSA and C. difficiles We’re now witnessing the worst Ebola epidemic ever. It’s spun “out of control,” warns one of the world’s most influential newspapers. What’s not to be afraid of? Well, Ebola.
  • Part of CMC ER roped off, officials say patient being tested

    07/30/2014 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 163 replies
    WSOCTV ^ | 07/30/14
    A corridor of Carolinas Medical Center – Main’s Emergency Room is roped off on the first floor near the entrance. A security guard is posted outside to prevent anyone from crossing the line. CMC officials said a patient is being tested, but a spokesman would not specify what they are testing the patient for. Wednesday morning, the issue at CMC was not impacting Medic services, according to officials. The hospital is taking “all normal precautions,” according to officials. The Centers for Disease Control said it has not been contacted.
  • DDT Is Only Real Weapon to Combat Malaria

    10/28/2005 9:41:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 613+ views
    FOX News ^ | 10.27.05 | Steven Milloy
    During the few minutes you spend reading this column, malaria will kill six Africans and sicken about 3,000 more, mostly children and pregnant women -- a rate of more than one million deaths and 500 million illnesses annually among the 2.2 billion people who live in malarial regions like Africa. There’s legislation moving through the Senate right now intended to reduce this tragic toll.U.S. taxpayers spend about $200 million annually on malaria control efforts. Ironically, almost none of this money is spent to kill or repel the mosquitoes that spread disease. The money is instead spent on anti-malarial drugs and...
  • Melinda Gates’ claim to not fund abortion is ‘outright deception’: pro-life group

    06/13/2014 6:22:51 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Jun 13, 2014 19:54 EST | by Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The claim by Melinda Gates, a Catholic, that the multi-billion dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does not fund abortion is "an outright deception," says Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International. Gates has made headlines in recent days after she wrote June 2 that the foundation "has decided not to fund abortion."
  • RACHEL LOUISE CARSON: Google lets fly a Doodle true to ‘Silent Spring’ writer’s nature

    05/27/2014 6:19:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2014 | Michael Cavna
    HERE IN MARYLAND, it is impossible to travel too far in any direction without seeing something that celebrates the legacy of author and environmentalist Rachel Carson. There is a greenway trail and a conservation park named for her here, an alma mater university and a Rachel Carson grade school there — and, of course, the Silver Spring home where she would write “Silent Spring,” the hot-button ’60s work that is often cited as the spark that ignited the modern environmental movement.
  • The Myth of the Wild

    04/30/2014 5:37:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The pristine natural world has been gone for a long time; get used to it. Nearly all of the earthworms in New England and the upper Midwest were inadvertently imported from Europe. The American earthworms were wiped out by the last Ice Age. That's why when European colonists first got here, many forest floors were covered in deep drifts of wet leaves. The wild horses of the American West may be no less invasive than the Asian carp advancing on the Great Lakes. Most species of the tumbleweed, icon of the Old West, are actually from Russia or Asia. The...
  • Data belies Dan Patrick’s ‘illegal invasion’ claim (Chron Hit Piece Barfer)

    03/26/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nolan Hicks
    State Sen. Dan Patrick is no stranger to over-the-top statements about immigrants and immigration. The Houston-area Republican, who is the GOP’s leading candidate for lieutenant governor, told a group in 2006 that immigrants are “bringing Third World diseases with them,” referencing “tuberculosis, malaria, polio and leprosy.” (A top official at the Department of State Health Services had to slap that down, pointing out, for instance, there hasn’t been a case of polio in decades). When asked to address the issue of immigration at a forum of leading business groups during this campaign, Patrick chose to talk about violent crime, as...
  • The Sick World of Progressive Liberals

    03/24/2014 3:18:44 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 11 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    There are times when a horrific fact comes to light that shows people the true feelings of what others think. We're constantly being bombarded by the media and popular culture that progressive liberals are compassionate, kind, and care about the poor, downtrodden, and dispossessed. Meanwhile, conservatives are branded as evil bigots that only want to oppress others and amass piles of wealth upon the suffering of those less fortunate. Christians are under constant attack as being intolerant homophobes. The message is relentless: only the far left gives a damn about the common man. Yet the that statement is the farthest...
  • Melinda Gates Talks About her Catholic Faith and Funding Contraceptives to Fight AIDS

    03/22/2014 11:35:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    American philanthropist Melinda Gates talked about her Roman Catholic faith and funding contraceptives in the global fight against AIDS, noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue. "Even though I am Catholic I believe in contraceptives, just like the majority of Catholic women in the United States who report using contraceptives, and I shouldn't let that controversy be the thing that holds us back," Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shared at the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, The Vancouver Sun reported. The Catholic Church teaches against the use of...
  • U.S. reports a breakthrough in malaria vaccine

    08/08/2013 3:46:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 6:03 PM EDT, Thu August 8, 2013 | Matt Smith and William Hudson
    U.S. researchers reported a breakthrough Thursday in the search for a vaccine for malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that sickens millions worldwide. More than three dozen volunteers received multiple, intravenous doses of a vaccine produced with a weakened form of the disease, scientists from the National Institutes of Health, the Navy, Army and other organizations reported Thursday. Though the results were promising, more extensive field testing will be required, the researchers wrote. Nevertheless, the it marks the first time any vaccine trial has shown 100% success in protecting subjects from the mosquito-borne tropical disease, which sickens more than 200 million a...
  • Leaked Video Proves Red Cross Tested Miracle ZOT for Malaria… Surprise! It Works!

    07/19/2013 2:46:24 PM PDT · by MMSwiki.org · 113 replies
    Health Freedom Alliance ^ | 7/10/13 | Daniel Bender
    In December 2012, the Red Cross and an affiliated organization known as the Water Reference Center (WRC) performed a medical field test in the African country of Uganda. The test was to determine if a popular “Miracle Cure” had any impact on malaria, a disease that is estimated to kill one child every minute in Africa alone. To the surprise of the Red Cross and their staff, it cured all 154 malaria patients that took part in the test―with no side effects.
  • Lasers Could Help Identify Malaria and Other Diseases Early

    07/04/2013 3:44:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 2 July 2013 | Jennifer Wong
    Enlarge Image Seconds count. When a laser beam, pulsing at an average of once every 760 nanoseconds (left), is absorbed by red blood cells, the cells release sound waves that far exceed 100MhZ (right). Credit: Strohm et al., Biophysical Journal (2013) Combining lasers with a principle discovered by Alexander Graham Bell over 100 years ago, researchers have developed a new way to collect high-resolution information about the shape of red blood cells. Because diseases like malaria can alter the shape of the body's cells, the device may provide a way to accurately diagnose various blood disorders. The study relies...
  • Documentary Exposes the Horrific Human Cost of the DDT Ban

    06/07/2013 6:18:56 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 June 2013 | Rebecca Terrell
    California Dr. D. Rutledge Taylor treks around the world in 40 days to uncover the tragic consequences of banning DDT. His documentary "3 Billion and Counting" is reviewed by Rebecca Terrell Documentary Exposes the Horrific Human Cost of the DDT Ban The New American 06 June 2013 3 Billion and Counting, Produced/written/directed by D. Rutledge Taylor, Los Angeles, California: Frogbite Productions, 102 minutes (produced in 2010). Most people will complain indignantly of government corruption and foreign atrocities and end by shaking their heads in discouragement. Not so with D. Rutledge Taylor. Known to his patients as “Dr. Rutledge,” this...
  • DDT Ban Breeds Death - 1972 Insecticide Ban Causes a Million Deaths Per Year

    06/06/2013 7:13:32 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 June 2013 | Ed Hiserodt and Rebecca Terrell
    A 1972 insecticide ban on DDT literally causes the deaths of about a million people per year, though an extensive investigation by the U.S. EPA found that DDT is safe. DDT Ban Breeds Death The New American 06 June 2013 Worldwide more than 2,700 people will die today because of a bureaucratic regulation instituted during the Nixon administration in 1972. The same number died yesterday and will again tomorrow, in an ever-growing tally of victims of that catastrophic policy. The regulation imposed by Nixon’s newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned DDT, an insecticide that had until then saved...
  • Early malaria diagnosis

    05/14/2013 11:15:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 13 May 2013 | Harriet Brewerton
    Scientists in Japan have developed a technique that could diagnose malaria just one day after infection.It is estimated that in 2010 over 200 million people were infected with malaria and over 600 thousand people died from it. Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes. The parasites invade red blood cells, eventually causing the cells to rupture and release the parasites so they can infect other cells.Diagnosing malaria as soon as possible maximises the effectiveness of treatment. Light microscopy is currently used in clinical settings to diagnose malaria but is not very effective at catching the low...
  • Sickly mosquitoes stymie malaria’s spread - Researchers harness bacteria to cripple insects that...

    05/09/2013 2:21:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Nature News ^ | 09 May 2013 | Beth Mole
    Researchers harness bacteria to cripple insects that transmit disease. Scientists have engineered mosquitoes to carry a bacterium that confers resistance to the malaria parasite — a long-sought advance that could eventually curb malaria cases in humans. A team led by Zhiyong Xi, a medical entomologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, infected Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria to produce insects that could pass the infection on to their offspring. Female mosquitoes that carried Wolbachia also bred with uninfected mates, the researchers report today in Science, swiftly spreading the malaria-blocking bacterium to entire insect populations within eight generations1. “This...
  • Yeast to make malaria drug on demand

    04/12/2013 1:04:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 10 April 2013 | Hayley Birch
    A natural biochemical pathway that produces the antimalarial drug artemisinin in the sweet wormwood plant has been fully reconstructed in yeast. The engineered yeast cells churn out high concentrations of a precursor that can be converted in a few steps into the first-line malaria drug. According to the team behind the advance, their semi-synthetic route should help smooth out seasonal variations in supply.Semi-synthetic artemisinin has been in the pipeline since 2006, when Jay Keasling’s group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, US, reported rewriting the genome of ordinary brewer’s yeast to encourage it to make artemisinic acid.1 But...
  • Newly discovered blood protein solves 60-year-old riddle

    04/10/2013 5:21:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | April 8, 2013 | NA
    Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered a new protein that controls the presence of the Vel blood group antigen on our red blood cells. The discovery makes it possible to use simple DNA testing to find blood donors for patients who lack the Vel antigen and need a blood transfusion. Because there has not previously been any simple way to find these rare donors, there is a global shortage of Vel-negative blood. The largest known accumulation of this type of blood donor is found in the Swedish county of Västerbotten, which exports Vel-negative blood all over the world....
  • New antimalarial drug class resists resistance

    03/22/2013 12:14:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 March 2013 | Phillip Broadwith
    Drawing on past toxicity problems scientists used an enlarged quinolone to improve selectivity for the malaria parasiteA new class of antimalarial drugs that is effective across various stages of the malaria parasite’s lifecycle has been developed by an international research team. Early indications also show that it may take longer for the parasite to develop resistance to the new molecules than it has for existing drugs targeting the same pathway.Malaria is a devastating disease worldwide, and the ability of the Plasmodium family of parasites that cause the disease to develop resistance to drugs leads to a constant arms race for...
  • More Sobering Results for Malaria Vaccine

    03/21/2013 6:05:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 20 March 2013 | Gretchen Vogel
    Enlarge Image Dampened hopes. Ally Olotu (right) with a malaria vaccine trial participant and his mother. New results show that the vaccine's protection wanes over time. Credit: John-Michael Maas/Darby Communications There is more cautionary news for the world's most advanced malaria vaccine. A new study in Kenyan children shows that its protection wanes over time, dropping to near zero after 4 years. The results, published in tomorrow's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, are another strike against the chances that the vaccine will be widely used in its current form. The vaccine, called RTS,S, is the only...
  • University of Cape Town Researchers Believe They Have Found a Single Dose Cure for Malaria

    08/30/2012 6:53:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    CAPE TOWN (2012-08-28): The University of Cape Town’s Science Department believes that it has found a single dose cure for Malaria. This was announced by researchers that have been working on this compound, from the aminopyridine class, for several years. Unlike conventional multidrug malaria treatments that the malaria parasite has become resistant to, Professor Kelly Chibale and his colleagues now believe that they have discovered a drug that over 18 months of trials ”killed these resistant parasites instantly”. Animal tests also showed that it was not only safe and effective, but there were no adverse reported side effects. Clinical tests...
  • Ranbaxy launches new anti-malarial Synriam

    05/10/2012 8:57:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 03 May 2012 | Akshat Rathi
    Indian pharmaceutical firm Ranbaxy has launched the drug Synriam, which it claims will prove a more efficient and simpler treatment for malaria. It is the first recently developed antimalarial that is not based on artemisinin, one of the most effective treatments for malaria, which has begun to suffer from problems with resistance in recent years. Ranbaxy has hailed Synriam as India's first domestically developed drug - although none of its active ingredients were discovered in the country. Arterolane was discovered by a collaborative drug discovery project funded by the Medicines for Malaria Venture Ranbaxy developed Synriam as a fixed-dose combination...
  • Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch Raise Concerns About Use of Drug for Military Personnel

    05/02/2012 1:55:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 2, 2012
    Anti-Malarial Drug Mefloquine Associated With 87 Deaths and Hundreds of Psychotic Episodes in Past 15 Years Was Staff Sergeant Robert Bales Administered the Drug? (Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch, the public interest group that that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailing more than 2,000 episodes during the past 15 years in which people had serious adverse reactions caused by the anti-malaria drug, mefloquine hydrochloride, commonly known as Lariam®. Of 87 reported deaths associated with the drug, 39 were recorded as suicides and 12 were homicides. The...
  • Should Robert Bales face the death penalty?

    03/25/2012 9:17:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 57 replies · 11+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 23 March 2012
    An attorney for the US soldier accused of 17 counts of murder after a shooting spree in Panjwai, Afghanistan has acknowledged that Robert Bales is likely to face capital charges. Do you think Bales should face the death penalty?
  • Spiders in Pakistan encase whole trees in webs - weird pics at link

    01/09/2012 9:00:26 AM PST · by illiac · 18 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | 3/11 | Mother Nature Network
    Even the elders in Pakistan's Sindh province admit they've never seen anything like it: whole trees encased in webs by millions of invading spiders. The mysterious phenomenon may be an unexpected result of the devastating floods that swept over Sindh in 2010, reports Wired. According to scientists, the spiders likely collected in the trees after fleeing from the rising floodwaters. At their height, the floods covered as much as a fifth of the country and displaced as many as 20 million people. One unexpected blessing from the bizarre post-flood event is that the hungry spiders seem to be significantly reducing...
  • Fake and poor quality malaria drugs risk crisis in Africa, warn scientists(made in China)

    01/21/2012 4:21:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01/16/12 | Sarah Boseley
    Fake and poor quality malaria drugs risk crisis in Africa, warn scientists Report calls for measures to prevent circulation of counterfeit and sub-standard medicines that threaten millions of lives Sarah Boseley, health editor guardian.co.uk, Monday 16 January 2012 19.51 GMT Hopes of controlling malaria in Africa could be wrecked by criminals who are circulating counterfeit and substandard drugs, threatening millions of lives, scientists are warning. They are calling for public health authorities to take urgent action to preserve the efficacy of the anti-malarials now being used in the worst-hit areas of the continent. /snip Artemisinins have replaced old medicines such...
  • Hebrew U Professor: Tobacco Can Help Cure Malaria

    12/26/2011 3:46:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/11
    It sounds like one of those diseases that should have been wiped out long ago, but malaria, unfortunately, is alive and well, especially in Africa and other tropical, third world locations. Battling malaria is complicated for numerous reasons, among them the difficulty of creating drugs to battle the disease. Now, however, Hebrew University researchers have come up with a novel method of producing the medicine that can treat malaria – using common, everyday tobacco plants. Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via mosquitoes. Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, and vomiting, and usually appear between...
  • Malaria's Master Key

    11/13/2011 9:51:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    SctenceNOW ^ | 9 November 2011 | Sara Reardon
    Enlarge Image Blood tied. The malaria parasite P. falciparum, which is carried by the Anopheles mosquito (pictured in their larval stage), can't infect red blood cells without a particular protein. Credit: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute The most dangerous malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is an unusually versatile bug. The single-celled safecracker carries a wide collection of protein "keys" that it can use to jimmy receptor "locks" on the surface of red blood cells, tricking the cells into letting it in. Block one of these entry points with a drug, and the parasite just uses a different key. But now, researchers...
  • Malaria Vaccine Meets (Modest) Expectations

    10/19/2011 10:51:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 18 October 2011 | Gretchen Vogel and Leslie Roberts
    Enlarge Image Promising jab. A baby receives a dose of the experimental malaria vaccine at a trial site in Kilifi, Kenya. Credit: David Poland/PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative The eagerly awaited results from the world's first large-scale trial of a malaria vaccine are in, and they confirm what other, smaller studies had shown: The vaccine, called RTS,S, offers partial protection, cutting episodes of malaria in babies and toddlers in half. Although not nearly as impressive as most vaccines currently in use, experts say the vaccine could help curtail malaria's massive death toll significantly. RTS,S was developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Biologicals...
  • Mosquitoes 'disappearing' in some parts of Africa (scientists are unsure as to why)

    08/27/2011 1:08:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    BBC.co.uk ^ | 8/27/11 | BBC News
    Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are disappearing in some parts of Africa, but scientists are unsure as to why. Figures indicate controls such as anti-mosquito bed nets are having a significant impact on the incidence of malaria in some sub-Saharan countries. But in Malaria Journal, researchers say mosquitoes are also disappearing from areas with few controls. They are uncertain if mosquitoes are being eradicated or whether they will return with renewed vigour. Data from countries such as Tanzania, Eritrea, Rwanda, Kenya and Zambia all indicate that the incidence of malaria is dropping fast. Researchers believe this is due to effective implementation of control...
  • Something is wrong with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews….

    08/02/2011 9:45:21 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 66 replies
    GlennBeck.com ^ | 08-03-11 | Glenn Beck
    Is it possible that Chris Matthews has been drunk while hosting his MSNBC show? After all, there are only so many explanations for his horrible and unprofessional habit of slurring nearly every word he says on his TV show! What other TV host could get away with such lazy speech on a national news netwok? What were some of Matthews’s slurring language? He kept saying “Prez Obama” rather than “President Obama”, “Harbra” instead of “Hardball”, and “conserves” instead of “conservatives”.
  • Should Bill Gates be prosecuted?

    02/05/2009 3:48:50 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 34 replies · 919+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 5, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Should Bill Gates be prosecuted?Bill Gates released a swarm of potentially deadly mosquitoes at a technology conference and yelled, 'There's no reason only poor people should get malaria'. What an idiot. While it is unlikely these mosquitoes were malaria carriers, there are a host of other potentially fatal diseases that mosquitoes carry. Among these diseases are various forms of encephalitis and West Nile virus that are common among North American Mosquitoes. My granddaughter got La Crosse encephalitis from mosquitoes a few years ago. She spent several very scary days in pediatric intensive care. Anyone who would deliberately release these potentially...
  • Ted Turner, George Soros, Bill Gates - What is Wrong With These Billionaires?

    11/10/2005 6:58:15 AM PST · by ZGuy · 30 replies · 1,101+ views
    HawaiiReporter ^ | 11/9/05 | Michael R. Fox
    Wealth Does Not Equal Wisdom, Especially When it Comes to PhilanthropyWhat’s with these billionaires? Ted Turner donates hundreds of millions to the United Nations, which is well known for its incredible corruption. The UN oversaw the diversion of tens of billions in the Iraqi Oil for Food Scandal. This literally took away food, shelter, and clothing from its own men, women and children. The highest UN officials oversaw the multi billion dollar scams. The UN "peace keepers" traded food for sexual favors in Africa. After some 17 resolutions demanding to bring Iraq into compliance, the UN still chose to subvert...
  • Vanity - Have any FReepers had side effects with Malarial Meds?

    07/02/2011 8:11:14 PM PDT · by urtax$@work · 43 replies
    none | July 2, 2011 | urtax$@work
    Do any FReepers have experience with adverse side effects of malarial preventive meds ?? Our daughter is returning from a Central American country after arriving a week ago for a 6 week student exchange program. We received information thru their network that she was behaving abnormally, itching, depression, not bathing... We thought it was a bad case of homesickness. Then my wife spoke with her and realized it was not our normally happy daughter. She said she was not homesick, but felt depressed, no laughing past 4 days, lost feeling in parts of her body, thoughts about harming herself. The...
  • Lutheran World Relief, ... Announce $45 Million Campaign to Fight Malaria

    06/30/2011 10:02:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/30/11 | Lutheran World Relief
    Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and United Nations Foundation Announce $45 Million Campaign to Fight MalariaLutheran World Relief (LWR), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the United Nations Foundation announced on Monday an unprecedented partnership to mobilize Lutherans in the United States in the fight against malaria in Africa.The campaign, called the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), aims to raise $45 million to contribute toward the global goal of eliminating malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, continues to devastate communities and perpetuate a cycle of poverty. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1...
  • House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria

    04/06/2011 10:43:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    House Dem: Climate change bigger health threat than AIDS, malaria By Andrew Restuccia - 04/06/11 12:25 PM ET Just hours before a vote Wednesday on a GOP plan to block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) called climate change a bigger public health threat than AIDS, malaria and pandemic flu. Capps and several other liberal Democrats spoke out Wednesday morning in opposition to the legislation, authored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.). The lawmakers, who were joined by officials from the American Lung Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the Upton...
  • George Clooney contracts malaria following trip to Sudan; fully recovered with help of medication

    01/20/2011 1:41:19 PM PST · by Bon mots · 48 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 20, 2011 | Cristina Everett
    George Clooney's recent humanitarian trip didn't end as smoothly as one would have hoped. CNN host Piers Morgan took to Twitter on Thursday to say the actor contracted malaria following his recent trip to Sudan. This is said to be Clooney's second bout with the disease. The actor was "taking medication, but feeling rough," added Morgan. A rep for the actor confirms the report, telling the Daily News, "George is completely over the malaria he contracted while in the Sudan during the first week in January." The actor made the statement during an interview on "Piers Morgan Tonight," which...
  • Malarial mosquitoes helped defeat British in battle that ended Revolutionary War

    10/19/2010 2:08:48 AM PDT · by Palter · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 18 Oct 2010 | J.R. McNeill
    Major combat operations in the American Revolution ended 229 years ago on Oct. 19, at Yorktown. For that we can thank the fortitude of American forces under George Washington, the siegecraft of French troops of Gen. Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the count of Rochambeau - and the relentless bloodthirstiness of female Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes. Those tiny amazons conducted covert biological warfare against the British army.Female mosquitoes seek mammalian blood to provide the proteins they need to make eggs. No blood meal,no reproduction. It makes them bold and determined to bite. Some anopheles mosquitoes carry the malaria parasite, which they can...
  • Cerebral Malaria May Have Passed From Gorillas To Us

    09/27/2010 7:53:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 22, 2010 | Katie Alcock
    Humans may have originally caught malaria from gorillas, scientists say... researchers from the US, three African countries, and Europe have examined malaria parasites in great ape faeces. They found the DNA from western gorilla parasites was the most similar to human parasites. Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, and is carried by mosquitoes. The most common species found in Africa, Plasmodium falciparum, causes dangerous cerebral malaria. Over 800,000 people die from malaria each year in the continent. Until now, scientists had assumed that when the evolutionary tree of humans split off from that of chimpanzees -- around five...
  • Environmental Colonialism

    09/08/2010 7:26:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Conservative Battleline Online (ACU) ^ | September 8, 2010 | Fiona Kobusingye
    I wish I had a shilling for every time someone told me spraying homes with DDT to prevent malaria is like using Africans in evil experiments. I would be a rich woman. That claim is a blatant falsehood. Even worse, it hides the many ways poor Africans really are being used in environmental experiments that cause increased poverty, disease and death. If any people were ever used in DDT experiments, it was Americans and Europeans. During World War II, this insecticide and mosquito repellant was sprayed on tents and around camps to keep American and British soldiers from getting malaria....
  • Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Diseases

    07/20/2010 5:16:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration ^ | July 20, 2010 | P. F. Wagner and Dan Amato
    Legal immigrants are required to have medical screening to ensure that they do not bring any contagious diseases into the United States. Illegal aliens are not screened and many are carrying horrific third world diseases that do not belong in the USA. Many of these diseases are highly contagious and will infect citizens that come in contact with an infected illegal alien. This has already happened in restaurants, schools, and police forces. Malaria was eradicated from the USA in the 1940s but recently there were outbreaks in southern California, New Jersey, New York City, and Houston. Additionally, Malaria tainted blood...