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  • Scientific Reports

    Better than DEET Repellent Compounds Derived from Coconut Oil

    19 September 2018

    19 SEP - N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), the most effective and long-lasting repellent currently available commercially, has long been considered the gold standard in insect repellents, but with reported human health issues, particularly for infants and pregnant women. In the present study, we report fatty acids derived from coconut oil which are novel, inexpensive and highly efficacious repellant compounds. These coconut fatty acids are active against a broad array of blood-sucking arthropods including biting flies, ticks, bed bugs and mosquitoes. The medium-chain length fatty acids from C8:0 to C12:0 were found to exhibit the predominant repellent activity. In laboratory bioassays, these fatty acids repelled biting flies and bed bugs for two weeks after application, and ticks for one week. Repellency was stronger and with longer residual activity than that of DEET. In addition, repellency was also found against mosquitoes. An aqueous starch-based formulation containing natural coconut fatty acids was also prepared and shown to protect pastured cattle from biting flies up to 96-hours in the hot summer, which, to our knowledge, is the longest protection provided by a natural repellent product studied to date.

  • TB Alliance

    TB Alliance and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Collaborate to Develop New TB Therapies

    19 September 2018

    19 SEP - New partnership supported by Medical Research Council to research drug regimens to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis

  • Frontiers

    New Vaccine Technologies to Combat Outbreak Situations

    19 September 2018

    19 SEP -  Susanne Rauch, Edith Jasny, Kim E. Schmidt and Benjamin Petsch

    Established methods for the identification of new vaccine candidates are no longer sufficient to ensure global protection. Hence, new vaccine technologies able to achieve rapid development as well as large scale production are of pivotal importance. This review will discuss viral vector and nucleic acid-based vaccines (DNA and mRNA vaccines) as new approaches that might be able to tackle these challenges to global health.

  • Radio NZ

    Parents in Papua refuse vaccine drive

    18 September 2018

    18 SEP - Parents in Papua are reportedly refusing to let their children be immunised, as the government rolls out a vaccine programme in schools.

  • WHO Health Impact Update: Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

    18 September 2018

    18 SEP - as of 18 September 2018, 2:00 PM Latest Philippine government data indicate that there are 63 reported deaths – 8 are confirmed while 55 are for validation – while 52 are reported missing. The number of casualties may increase based on ongoing assessments.

  • TB Alliance

    Statement from TB Alliance on WHO Global TB Report 2018

    18 September 2018

    18 SEP - Once Again, New TB Numbers Underscore the Need for New Treatments

  • Khmer Times

    New funds to boost malaria endgame

    17 September 2018

    SEP 17 - Ms Candeias explained that Blended Finance for Impact is a partnership of the Asian Development Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and APLMA to enable and increase long-term integrated financing for health, including malaria.

  • The guardian

    Scientists warn of global crisis over failure to tackle tuberculosis

    16 September 2018

    16 SEP - With 10 million new cases each year, outcome of UN summit in New York could prove crucial

  • The guardian

    'A lurking beast': polio casts shadow over Papua New Guinea independence day

    15 September 2018

    15 SEP - At a waiting room in Port Moresby’s Gerehu general hospital red, gold and black balloons – the colours of the country’s flag – deck the walls in the build-up to independence day.

    Around the back in the stifling heat, nurses are administering vaccine drops from cool boxes. About 30 adults and children are queuing under a canvas tent, awaiting their dose to protect against polio, a disease Donald Lippert, a Catholic bishop from the Southern Highlands, characterised as “a beast lurking in the darkness, ready to spring forth”.

  • Reuters

    Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok declares health emergency over malaria

    15 September 2018

    15 SEP - Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok is battling malaria, authorities said on Saturday, declaring a health emergency after a series of earthquakes in July and August forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.


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