Xinhua News Agency
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.
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.
Press Trust of India
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.
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.
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
The Canadian Press
Despite struggle to vaccinate, polio campaign sees signs of progress in Pakistan
After months of negative news about the state of polio eradication efforts in Pakistan, there appears to be a sign of progress, new data suggest. One of the two types of polio viruses circulating there may be on the verge of petering out, Dr. Steven Wassilak, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, reported Tuesday at a medical conference in Atlanta, Ga.
East Africa: U.S. to Send Medics to Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda
Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO of the non-profit Global Health Service Corps and the daughter of U.S. Democratic Senator John F. Kerry, spoke with AllAfrica's Cindy Shiner on the sidelines of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's 61st annual meeting being held in Atlanta.
Vipers Go Viral
Every year as the days grow warmer, the Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) reemerges along the eastern coast of the United States, where it causes devastating disease in horses and, more rarely, humans. Scientists have long wondered how the virus, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, survives the cold, mosquito-killing North American winters. Now, a new study suggests that snakes harbor the virus through the winter, but experts disagree on whether the finding clinches the question for good.
Snakes may harbor deadly virus
Snakes may provide a winter hiding place for a virus that’s causing an unusually severe outbreak in the U.S. northeast this year, and this could be good news for control efforts, researchers said on Monday. They found eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE for short) in cottonmouths and copperhead snakes and said it’s likely the reptiles incubate the virus while they hibernate over the winter. When they come out in spring, mosquitos feast on the snakes and then pass it to birds.