Malaria as a Catalyst for Change in Myanmar
In Washington D.C., recently, more than a dozen senior officials and politicians from Myanmar, some from groups with histories of deep mutual distrust, joined together in an extraordinary effort: to eliminate malaria from their deeply fragmented country. This is move that could have a dramatic effect on the global fight against the deadly parasitic disease.
In Myanmar, a global health threat breeds room for new cooperation
In a way, the fearful specter of resistance to artemisinin, a must-have drug in the battle against one of the world’s deadliest diseases, rising in remote and rugged northern Myanmar, has made clear that global health cooperation has to move faster than political consensus.
Study: Cases of 'fish poisoning' in Florida far more prevalent than reported
A new study conducted by University of Florida and the Florida Department of Health found that ciguatera strikes nearly 30 times more people than previously believed — with Hispanics among the most common victims to a toxin that can cause vomiting, nausea and, in the worst cases, paralysis.
The Freaky Fish-Borne Illness You've Never Heard Of
A new study published in the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found that poisoning from ciguatera, a toxin that can make you sick when you eat certain types of fish, is 28 times more common than previous data suggests. The most recent estimate from the state of Florida found that one out of every 500,000 residents becomes sick from ciguatera poisoning each year, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only 2 to 10 percent of ciguatera cases are actually reported in the U.S.
United Press International
Dengue fever may be costlier than malaria
The spread of dengue fever could cause more sickness and prove more costly globally than malaria, U.S. public health experts said.
The Washington Post
Why researchers say fake and low-quality drugs are a ‘global pandemic’
Fake and substandard drugs are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths around the globe each year, and the persistent lack of reliable medicines in poor countries threatens to roll back decades of efforts to combat malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other conditions, researchers said Monday.
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.