The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine invites applications for Three PhD studentships in the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases.
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute is actively recruiting a high energy Project Manager for Dr. Kappe’s scientific programs, including GAP vaccine research and clinical trials.
The James Gang at UC Irvine has made a useful contribution to the question of whether or not transgenic mosquitoes are fit.
In the Lancet of 5 February 1910 I discovered a most interesting little article about malaria on Antigua island (Carribean)...
There is a good reason for putting out a large variety of products with similar function on the market – like cars. It simply has to do with our innate differences in preference with regard to colour, shape, make, etc. Some like a blue car, others a white or a red one. And, suprise surprise, the great level of differentation means that almost everyone can find a car that matches his/her preferences at an affordable price....
Ninety years ago it was discovered that mosquitoes track us down at night by responding to the smell we as humans produce. Since then, many studies have focused on identifying the nature of the chemicals we produce with the aim to use them to lure mosquitoes to trapping devices, thereby interrupting bloodfeeding and thus transmission of diseases like malaria. But why is there still no trap available for use in the developing world where malaria hits hardest?
Drug resistance is a serious problem in health care in general, and in malaria treatment in particular, rendering many of our previously considered ‘wonder drugs’ useless. Recently, large sums of money have been allocated for the continuous development of new drugs to replace the failing ones. We seem to be one step behind the evolution of antimalarial resistance; is it possible to get one step ahead?
1. Close doors and windows once it is around 6.00pm. This keeps out the mosquitoes.
2. Clear bushes and other sorts of vegetation around your house. They breed in them.
3. If you have any unused container like a pot or jerrycan, ensure it is closed or not in the open, for once water collects in it, they easily breed.
The statistics say it all: 70% of the transmission of infectious diseases is focused in and around the house. Including malaria, where the key vectors in Africa are almost exclusively feeding indoors and at night. The forum on MalariaWorld that discussed this issue was very well read (more than 1000 views), and although comments were limited, it was enough to move forward with the idea...