We caught up with Dr. Peter Hotez to ask him about his recent paper in PLOS NTD on the worm index and human development, NTDs in general, and his concept of ‘blue marble health’.
Monthly Archives: June 2015
500 year old toilet in Jerusalem reveals clues about long-distance trade and travel in the medieval period
A recent study led by Dr Piers Mitchell from Cambridge University’s Division of Biological Anthropology suggests that parasites found in stool samples from a latrine in Jerusalem originated in Europe not the Middle East, shedding light on the extent of long distance trade and travel during the Medieval period.3
Boating on the river is generally thought to be a pleasant pastime, particularly if you believe the Wind in the Willows books. However, riverboats play a darker role in the spread of diseases such as sleeping sickness and dengue fever. We discuss here how riverboats have helped in spreading the Dengue vector, Aedes aegypti, in the Peruvian Amazon, and then how canoes can help turn the tables on the sleeping sickness-carrying tsetse fly in West Africa.