Venture Beat

03/11/2013 Health hack: iPhone + glass + flashlight = life-saving microsope in Africa

According to a study published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, scientists used the hacked-together microscope to examine almost 200 stool samples taken from children in Pemba Island in Tanzania. Each glass slide with the sample was covered in cellophane, taped to the iPhone, and lit from behind with the flashlight. Then the researchers took a picture with the phone’s camera, and examined the image on the iPhone’s screen.

Health Day

01/18/2013 Malaria, Typhoid Pose Biggest Threat to Travelers in Tropics

Malaria and typhoid fever -- not the much-feared Ebola virus -- are the biggest health threats for travelers to tropical regions of the world, according to a new study.

ANI News

01/17/2013 Malaria, typhoid biggest health threat for travellers to tropical countries like India

In a study of more than 80,000 returned travelers who sought medical care for illnesses, around 3,000 (4 percent) were affected by malaria, typhoid fever and other potentially life-threatening tropical diseases.

New York Times

12/17/2012 Efficient Ceramic Indoor Stoves Fail to Reduce Risk of Pneumonia in Children

Small ceramic indoor stoves, such as those sold by women in AIDS self-help groups in Africa, do save fuel and cut down on eye-irritating smoke, a new study has found — but they do not save children from pneumonia.

Xinhua News Agency

12/13/2012 Feature: Ceramic indoor cookstoves may not cut air pollution

Low-cost, locally-produced ceramic cookstoves may produce less smoke than traditional indoor 3-stone firepits, but they don't drastically reduce indoor air pollution or the risk of pneumonia in young children, a year-long observational study by researchers working in rural Kenya has revealed.

Popular Science

11/26/2012 Can Taking A Pill Before Bed Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?

Can you cure a bed bug infestation just by downing drugs? While the idea has appeal, particularly for people afflicted with nightly bites and for scientists dealing with a pest that is increasingly difficult to kill, the short answer is probably no.

Smithsonian.com

11/15/2012 Have Bedbugs Been Vanquished At Last?

Bedbugs have terrorized cities long enough, and now a human drug might stop them in their tracks

Press Trust of India

11/14/2012 Polio cases down worldwide, trouble spots remain

The number of polio cases worldwide reached a record low in 2012, giving experts confidence that the disease can finally be eradicated, according to presentations made at a major US conference.

Bloomberg

11/14/2012 Serum of India’s Meningitis Drug Cleared for Warm Storage

A meningitis vaccine developed by billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla’s Serum Institute of India Ltd. remains effective at high temperatures, allowing it to be used in locations that lack refrigeration, researchers said.

Der Spiegel

11/14/2012 Selbstversuch: Medikament macht Bettwanzen den Garaus

Bed bugs are in hotels around the globe a plague - and who has just introduced the parasite into their own bedrooms, they will not let go so quickly. But a previously known drug could be a weapon against the bloodsuckers. (Translated with Google Translate

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