Monthly Archives: October 2013

Discussion on the role of biodiversity in zoonotic disease risk heats up

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With the increase in global biodiversity loss comes the search for an understanding of how biodiversity loss will affect people or how conserving biodiversity in may benefit people. These benefits are termed “ecosystem services” and encompass the wide range of resources and processes that regulate the environment, provide food, materials and cultural stimulation and contribute… Read more »

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Synriam therapy for malaria heralds a new age for the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry.

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With the announcement of approval to market for its new malaria medication SynriamTM the Indian pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy has led India past an important milestone: the production of its first indigenously produced drug treatment. India has long been a successful maverick in the world of international pharmaceuticals, frequently denying or rescinding patents from multinational drug corporations… Read more »

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Unlikely Ally for Parasites and Vectors: The U.S. Congress

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The United States federal government has been shut down for the last two weeks, because the U.S. Congress failed to enact regular appropriations or a continuing resolution for the 2014 fiscal year, starting October 1, 2013. Most “non-essential” federal employees are furloughed, national parks and monuments are closed, women, infants, and children won’t receive some… Read more »

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New vector-borne pathogens in the US

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Infectious diseases are considered to be “emerging” or “re-emerging” if they have increased in incidence in the previous two decades or if they threaten to increase in the near future. The causes of infectious disease emergence vary but include the development of resistance of pathogens, increased global trade and travel, increased public awareness, climate change,… Read more »

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Travellers provide new isolates for malaria research

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Over 1,300 cases of imported malaria have been reported in the UK annually for the past 10 years.  A few of these unfortunate travellers have recently contributed blood samples that may have long term beneficial consequences for future research into many aspects of the biology of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. This is because Colin Sutherland… Read more »

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Dengue Makes Home in Florida

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On August 15, 2013, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County reported 3 cases of locally acquired dengue fever in the Rio and Jensen Beach area (http://www.martincountyhealth.com/Documents/dengue/2013/denguealert82213.pdf). By September 18, 2013, the number of residents diagnosed with dengue fever has grown to 20, including the Indian Riverkeeper (http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/dengue-fever-cases-now-at-20-on-floridas-treasure-coast-75105/). Thirteen of the patients were residents… Read more »

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Impact as a donut

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For a long time, the number of citations an article receives has been the gold standard to measure the impact of an article, with the mean number of citations of all articles measuring the impact of the journal. With the arrival of blogs, twitter, Facebook and electronic newspapers it has become possible, in a practical… Read more »

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