The World's Medical Supply Chain Is Riddled With Counterfeit Drugs
In 2012, the FDA warned physicians and medical practices that their supplies of bevacizumab, an expensive drug used in combination with chemotherapy to inhibit tumor growth, might be tainted. It turns out some hospitals were literally giving cancer patients cornstarch instead of anticancer meds: The FDA found that some batches of the counterfeit beyacizumab contained no active pharmaceutical ingredients at all.
The East African (Kenya)
Malaria burden stays high in Uganda
To prevent the further burden of the disease, the scientists say that there is a need to scale up campaigns to distribute insecticide-treated bednets and spray homes with insecticides, while considering new interventions such as using malaria drugs.
Daily Monitor (Uganda)
Malaria cases on the increase - new study
According to the World Health Organisation, at least 584,000 people, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa, were estimated to have died of malaria in 2013.
Human Price of Forest Destruction Paid in Plague
Deforestation to expand agricultural lands may be doing more than contributing to carbon emissions; it could also be exposing more people to diseases like the "Black Death," which devastated populations in the Middle Ages.
NPR's Goats and Soda
Good News: More Crops! Bad News: More Plague!
Africa needs more food. And to get more food, you need more farmland. There's a relatively simple solution — it's called "land conversion," and it can mean creating new fields to grow crops next to fragments of forest. Only there's a catch. The rats of the forest are drawn to the crops of the farmland — and to the grains that farmers often store outside their homes. And those rats can carry the bacteria that causes plague — the very same plague responsible for claiming millions of lives during the Middle Ages.
New York Times
A Rare Form of Malaria Is Spreading in Malaysia
This research was presented by Balbir Singh, the director of malaria research at the University of Malaysia at Sarawak, at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans.
Al Jazeera America
Kissing bug disease creeps into US, but symptoms often missed
Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States have been infected with the potentially fatal kissing bug disease, but U.S. health care workers’ lack of awareness often prevents successful diagnosis and treatment, according to a report released this week.
The Times (South Africa)
Putting bite on snake venom
Scientists testing a DNA swab were able to identify the species that had bitten someone 100% of the time. Now they are in the process of developing a rapid diagnostic dip stick for snakebite victims. The study was conducted at three medical facilities in Nepal - a country with a high incidence of snakebite.