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02 Feb 2015

Lead authors Pedro Mejia and J. Humberto Trevino-Villarreal, both researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that leptin--a hormone secreted from fat tissue with roles in suppressing appetite, but also in activating adaptive immune and inflammatory responses--is increased upon infection in a mouse model of cerebral malaria, and turns out to be a major bad actor in promoting neurological symptoms and death. Remarkably, Mejia, Trevino-Villarreal and colleagues showed that reducing leptin using a variety of means, either genetically, pharmacologically, or nutritionally by reducing food intake during the first two days of infection, protected against cerebral malaria. The researchers also found that...



29 Jan 2015

Inquiries at Safaribookings.com, a marketplace for more than 1,200 safari companies in east and southern Africa, were down 25 percent during the last four months of 2014, but bounced back in January, with a 20 percent rise compared to a year ago. "It's really increased incredibly over the last three weeks," said Jan Beekwilder, the company's co-owner. "The surplus is really due to the ending of the crisis." Several individual lodge operators, in despair when Reuters contacted them in October, also said business improved since experts started talking about the beginning of the end of the epidemic. A scaling back of the wall-to-wall media coverage of the handful of Ebola cases that occurred in Europe and the United...



25 Jan 2015

He was speaking the day after his stoppage time winner in Mongomo gave Ghana a much needed 1-0 victory over Algeria in Group C and put them right back in contention for a quarter-final place at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea. Although I was not fit for the game, the players said they needed me and had confidence in me. I said to myself I had to sacrifice something for the team, he said in an interview. Gyan's remarkable burst of pace took him past defender Carl Medjani before he swept the ball across the keeper into the net to secure a vital win after Ghana lost in similar circumstances to Senegal in their opening group match last Monday. Its one of the most important goals in my career at international level. It...



22 Jan 2015

"The challenge is this last small group of people who aren't changing their behavior," said Joanna Reid, head of Britain's Department for International Development in Sierra Leone. "That's the last mile." Aid workers say overcoming misperceptions and changing behavior was critical to breaking transmission chains in rural hotspots like Kailahun, where case counts have fallen to zero. The same must now happen in Freetown, they say. David Heymann, head of Britain's Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, said both current success and future progress is largely due to communication. "They've finally got strong communication ...
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18 Jan 2015

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease common in the region and causes many of the same symptoms as Ebola. Its common for people to come to Ebola treatment centers believing they have Ebola, when in fact they have malariawhich crowds the clinics and causes enormous stress for patients and their families. Treating malaria and preventing infection are ways MSF can ensure that they reduce the number of patients at Ebola treatment centers in addition to saving lives, since more people fall ill and die from malaria than Ebola. If MSF can provide added support to reduce the burden of malaria on the health care system, this will not only save many lives but also allow for a more focused and effective Ebola response, said...



15 Jan 2015

Scientists at the Imperial College London found that when mosquitoes drank blood carrying the two antibiotics they became more susceptible to the parasite that causes malaria -- thus more likely to spread the infection to humans. Just as antibiotics augment the microbiome of the human gut, penicillin- and streptomycin-laced blood disrupt the guts of mosquitoes and diminish the insects' defenses against disease-causing parasitic protozoans. Antibiotics, of course, have been crucial to combating a variety of diseases in the developing world -- places where malaria remains a sizable problem. In addition to being used for the treatment or prevention of malaria itself, antibiotics are prescribed for well-known diseases...



11 Jan 2015

My Forbes column focuses on the tech economy, startups and gadgets. When I am not writing for Forbes, I spend time hanging out with my wife around metro Detroit or working on mobile apps at my office in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a company I co-founded called Pulse2. I graduated from Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business in 2006. I love hearing from entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts! Feel free to contact me anytime: achowdhry@gmail.com
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11 Jan 2015

My Forbes column focuses on the tech economy, startups and gadgets. When I am not writing for Forbes, I spend time hanging out with my wife around metro Detroit or working on mobile apps at my office in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a company I co-founded called Pulse2. I graduated from Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business in 2006. I love hearing from entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts! Feel free to contact me anytime: achowdhry@gmail.com
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2015/01/10/janicki-omniprocessor/


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11 Jan 2015

My Forbes column focuses on the tech economy, startups and gadgets. When I am not writing for Forbes, I spend time hanging out with my wife around metro Detroit or working on mobile apps at my office in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a company I co-founded called Pulse2. I graduated from Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business in 2006. I love hearing from entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts! Feel free to contact me anytime: achowdhry@gmail.com
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08 Jan 2015

Early detection of the infection is important for successful treatment. But since the first symptoms resemble ordinary flu, a microbiologist must look at a drop of a patients blood under a microscope for a proper diagnosis. Scientists in Britain have now developed a smart phone attachment called Xrapid, that turns the phone into a 200-power microscope, while the attached app - based on facial recognition software - quickly detects the parasitic protozoa in the blood smear. Jean Viry-Babel is the CEO of IanXen, the company that developed the app. He says it is cheap and works on the spot. So we take a high-definition picture of a sample of blood. We separate the red blood cells from the rest - the white blood cells,...