Africa: New Fungi Show Promise in Fighting Malaria

Photo: Brian Lovett, CC BY-SA The MosquitoSphere team consists of authors on the paper and local volunteers from Soumousso, Burkina Faso. Back row (from left to right): Etienne Bilgo, Oliver Zida, Bema Ouattara; Middle row: Boureima Saré, Judicael Zida, Brian Lovett, Moussa Ouattara, MichaÏlou Sanfo and Bamory Ouattara; Front row: Yaya Ouattara and Jacques Gnambani. analysis By Antonis Rokas Bed nets. Insecticides. Sterile and genetically modified insects. Now scientists are adding a genetically engineered toxic fungus to the arsenal of weapons to wipe out mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite.…

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Burkina Faso research may prove a malaria breakthrough

Researchers in Burkina Faso and the United States say they’ve taken a big step forward in potentially reducing Africa’s malaria risk, by successfully killing off mosquitoes using a technique that relies on genetic manipulation to make an existing fungus threat more lethal to them. The researchers tested their theory in a screened-in village simulation set up in Soumousso in Burkina Faso, and found that 99 percent of the treated mosquitoes were quickly and safely eradicated. They published their results Friday in the journal Science. The scientists built the 6,550-square-foot space…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 31st May 2019

Group urges Buhari to assent to pending health bills. Health community celebrates Tejuoso, Usman for championing policies in NASS. Unsafe drinking water, open defecation fuelling child’s death- UNICEF Nigeria, experts. NACA seeks prevention of new HIV infections. Cholera: Nigeria identifies 83 local government areas as ‘hotspots’. New Zamfara governor announces free healthcare for women, children. World Orthodontist Day: Only 70 orthodontists serving over 201m Nigerians. JUTH undertakes first brain surgery using drilling machine. FG partners SuNMaP 2 prog on malaria elimination. To revamp PHCs, we will build capacity of personnel,…

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Charlamagne Tha God Compares Elizabeth Warren To Rachel Dolezal

Democratic White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren visited “The Breakfast Club” morning radio show in what has become somewhat of a rite of passage for presidential candidates trying to maximize their appeal to Black voters. And while the Massachusetts senator ran down the laundry list of her proposed policies should she be elected the next president next year, it was her past that garnered much of the attention from her appearance Friday morning. Warren has been steadily dogged for years by accusations of cultural appropriation for listing herself as a minority…

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Global governance at heart of Kofi Annan conference

A two-day conference on the legacy of Kofi Annan of Ghana, the former United Nations secretary general who died last year, promises to place African affairs at the center of the conversation. The sessions begin Monday at Chatham House in the UK, with prominent leaders including Kenyan Raila Odinga, representing the African Union, and South African-born Kumi Naidoo of Amnesty International participating in the discussions on global governance. Comfort Ero, the Nairobi-based head of the Africa Program for International Crisis Group, will serve on a panel focused on international peacekeeping…

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Well Democrats, There Is No Climate Chaos.

You are here: Home / News / Well Democrats, There Is No Climate Chaos. Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry 1 (ThyBlackMan.com) Climate isn’t the same as weather — unless, of course, weather happens to be politically useful. In that case, weather portends climate apocalypse. So warns Elizabeth Warren as she surveyed Iowan rainstorms, which she claims, like tornadoes and floods, are more frequent and severe. “Different parts of the country deal with different climate issues,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Malthusia, cautioned as she too warned of extreme tornadoes. “But ALL…

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Virgil Abloh & Nike Bring a ‘Re-Creation Center’ to The Mag Mile

NikeLab Chicago Re-Creation Center c/o Virgil Abloh is a modernized version of an old town recreational center on the historic Michigan Ave of the Windy City. The multihyphenate hopes it will influence a new class of young creators to utilize Chicago’s history and diversity to propel sports and creativity forward. source: https://www.ebony.com/news/race-culture/virgil-abloh-nike-bring-re-creation-center-the-mag-mile/

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Badjie says 34% of deaths in Gambia were related to non-communicable disease

By Adama Makasuba The program manager for World Diabetes Foundation in the Gambia has said that about 34 percent of death in the Gambia were cause by non communicable disease and called for attitudinal change towards consumption of foods and drinks. The foundation has currently benefitted a four year project to fight against non-communicable diseases in the country but it is so far targeting three major health centre’s in the west region of the country Speaking during a press conference at health promotional office in Kotu on Thursday, Omar Badjie…

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Ghana: Scrap off 20 % tax on sanitary pads – csos demands

By Jessica Ahedor Country Director of Ipas Ghana Dr Koma Jehu Appiah The Ghanaian government has been tasked to consider in the coming days, to incorporate free sanitary towel supply as part of the free SHS policy to ensure that girls are not left behind in the attainment of equal access to free and quality education in Ghana. The call also asked that the 20% tax regime on sanitary towels and the classification of such a basic need as luxury product be immediately scraped or considerably reduced.  This Ipas Ghana…

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Eritrea, Nigeria, Benin: Outsiders from Africa free-trade zone, AfCFTA

A lot is being said and celebrated about the African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, in the wake of its maturity on Thursday (May 30). The African Union, AU, initiative aims to create a continent-wide market of 1.2 billion people worth $2.5 trillion. Different African countries have made varying levels of commitment. The highest being the ratification and deposition of necessary documents with the AU. The other class being the signing of the agreement and the non-commitment level being those that have yet to even sign up. The unsigned group…

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