Health Science

NRENs: Supporting the global challenges of the novel coronavirus

By Jane Gifford National Research and Education (R&E) Networks (also known as NRENs) together provide critical communications infrastructure for universities and research institutes worldwide. This global network of interconnected networks is boosting international capacity where needed as part of the global rapid response to the recent novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. During the past few …

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DRC doctor discovers Ebola cure

A Congolese doctor who is also Director General  of Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, has become a “true hero” of Africa and the world in general after his experimental drugs were confirmed to treat patients with the Ebola virus. “I spent four decades of my life thinking how to treat patients with the Ebola …

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Malawian TED Fellow Builds Medical Tech To Overcome Africa’s Unique Challenges

The impending connection of the Malawi Research and Education Network, (MAREN) to the UbuntuNet regional network is likely to be exciting news to software engineers like Soyapi Mumba who have been working tirelessly to develop systems that can revolutionise the health system in Malawi where the Internet connectivity is slow and expensive among other setbacks. …

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Telemedicine: helping reduce deaths from cancer in Asia

Gastric cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in Asia. It accounts for the deaths of some 28 men and 13 women per 100,000. In Japan, gastric cancer used to have a similar profile – number one in mortality, as well as in incidence. But now, although the incidence in Japan hasn’t changed much, mortality …

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CSI Malawi: Using forensic science to “interrogate” mosquitoes

Fifteen years ago, Edward “Ned” Walker, a Michigan State University medical entomologist, spearheaded the use of insecticide-treated bed nets in the fight against malaria in Africa. Now, a seven-year, $8 million NIH-sponsored grant will enable Walker and his team to use a new, creative approach—forensic science. MSU, in collaboration with the University of Malawi College …

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Keystone Symposia introduces virtual repository for global health community

Health scientists and researchers from around the world now have an open access to a collection of over 20 hours of scientific video presentations and discussions developed by the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology. Keystone Symposia is a US based nonprofit organisation that convenes open- peer-reviewed conferences that connect the scientific community and …

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Africa’s Health won’t improve without reliable data and collaboration*

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights asserts that “all people are born equal in dignity and rights”. Sadly, this statement doesn’t reflect billions of people’s daily lives. Health is one of the areas in which many – if not most – people have no real rights. Social determinants of health, as defined by the World …

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Scientists look to mosquito data to map spread of disease

Mosquitoes that carry the dengue and chikungunya viruses are more widespread than ever, believe scientists mapping the global spread of the insects. There are no treatments or vaccines for these diseases, so knowing where the mosquitoes that transmit them occur and thrive can help focus research and public health resources, the scientists say. A study, …

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First African anti-malaria drug to enter clinical trial

“We need to debunk the myth that Africa cannot be a source of health innovation,” says Kelly Chibale, Director of the Drug Discovery and Development Centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He believes there should be more African-led drug research so that the continent is not just seen as a place where …

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Giant rats helping control TB in Mozambique, Tanzania*

A technology that relies on trained African giant pouched rats — named HeroRATS — to sniff out tuberculosis (TB) and diagnose the disease faster than conventional diagnostic methods is helping save lives in Mozambique and Tanzania. Mozambique and Tanzania are among 22 high-burden nations suffering from TB, with 58,270 and 63,151 new cases of the …

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