Alarm over plans to store samples of deadly diseases in Tokyo
Japanese scientists are planning to import samples of some of the world's deadliest viruses in a bid to understand them better amid fears of an influx of foreign visitors. Samples of the five viruses – Ebola, Marburg, Crimean-Congo, Lassa and Zika – will be stored at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Musashimurayama, a suburb to the west of central Tokyo.
70 years of human rights in global health: drawing on a contentious past to secure a hopeful future
Lawrence O Gostin et al.,
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted on Dec 10, 1948, established a modern human rights foundation that has become a cornerstone of global health, central to public health policies, programmes, and practices. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this seminal declaration, we trace the evolution of human rights in global health, linking the past, present, and future of health as a human right.
Open-source discovery of chemical leads for next-generation chemoprotective antimalarials
7 DEC Yevgeniya Antonova-Koch et al.,
Malaria parasites are evolutionarily prepared to resist drug attack. Resistance is emerging to even the latest frontline combination therapies, which target the blood stages of the Plasmodium parasite. As an alternative strategy, Antonova-Koch et al. investigated the possibilities of drugs against liver-stage parasites.
Leprosy was thought to be eliminated in Papua New Guinea – but it’s back
7 DEC - Doug Hendrie
Eliminated – but not eradicated. With the rate dropping below the World Health Organization’s elimination threshold – one in ten thousand – the nation’s government redirected scarce health money elsewhere. But leprosy never went away. Eighteen years later, leprosy is back with a vengeance in Australia’s nearest neighbour.
Deadly, highly resistant Klebsiella found in Indian hospital
Researchers at an Indian hospital have identified strains of hypervirulent, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae associated with extremely high mortality rates, according to a new study in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India.
100 mozzie breeding spots in Bedok area destroyed
The authorities have found and destroyed 100 mosquito breeding habitats in the Bedok area - the largest among 17 active dengue clusters discovered here. The Bedok area accounted for 42 of the 110 dengue cases reported across Singapore in the week that ended last Saturday - the first time this year that dengue cases have crossed the century mark in a week.
Women face brunt of Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tom Howell Jr.
Global responders say the unfolding Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is having an outsized impact on women and children, due in part to their societal roles and the transmission of the disease among families. The World Health Organization says females account for 62 percent of the cases in which gender was reported, or 280 out of 450.
Drone trials for vaccines in Vanuatu
6 DEC - The Vanuatu government is working with commercial companies as well as the UN children's agency, UNICEF, to develop the programme. The trials began on Wednesday at Takara village, North Efate, with 100 community members, health workers and children watching the drones take to the sky for the first time.
New DMTC project brings Australian medical and industrial expertise together
5 DEC - The Defence Material Technology Centre (DMTC) has commenced a new project that will advance the development of a new Australian antibiotic by partnering its developer, Boulos & Cooper Pharmaceuticals, with manufacturing experts from CSIRO.
110 dengue cases reported last week
4 DEC Choo Yun Ting
There were 110 dengue cases reported in the week ending Dec 1, 13 more cases than in the previous week. It is the first time that there have been more than 100 reported dengue cases in a week this year, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).