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.
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.