Disease https://scidev.net/global/health/disease/ News on disease and global development including ebola, vaccines, and neglected tropical, non-infectious, communicable & non communicable diseases. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:31:02 GMT en China opens path to disease via Belt and Road trade route https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/china-opens-path-to-disease-via-belt-and-road-trade-route.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/china-opens-path-to-disease-via-belt-and-road-trade-route.html Malaria and neglected tropical diseases are expected to re-emerge as a result of the ambitious trade initiative. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:31:02 GMT Venezuela goes back 20 years in child mortality https://scidev.net/global/health/news/global-venezuela-goes-back-20-years-in-child-mortality.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/global-venezuela-goes-back-20-years-in-child-mortality.html New estimates highlight a crumbling health sector and need for up-to-date information. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:14:17 GMT West Nile Virus spotted in Pakistan https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/west-nile-virus-spotted-in-pakistan.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/west-nile-virus-spotted-in-pakistan.html Researchers who detected the brain-damaging virus in donor blood samples call for surveillance. Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:44:53 GMT Global rules should follow outcry over China’s gene-edited babies https://scidev.net/global/genomics/columns/global-rules-should-follow-outcry-over-china-s-gene-edited-babies.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/genomics/columns/global-rules-should-follow-outcry-over-china-s-gene-edited-babies.html The announcement of the world’s first gene-edited babies met with sharp rebuke. Action should follow, says Crispin Maslog. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:25:16 GMT Açaí fruit can transmit Chagas disease https://scidev.net/global/health/news/a-a-fruit-can-transmit-chagas-disease.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/a-a-fruit-can-transmit-chagas-disease.html Drinking artisan juice made with the fruit could be a source of parasitic infection. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:48:15 GMT Starving Yemenis resort to eating tree leaves https://scidev.net/global/conflict/news/starving-yemenis-resort-to-eating-tree-leaves.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/conflict/news/starving-yemenis-resort-to-eating-tree-leaves.html Widespread ingestion of unstudied plants worries scientists, who say that health impacts are unclear Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Country-owned strategies to fight malaria https://scidev.net/global/malaria/news/country-owned-strategies-to-fight-malaria-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/malaria/news/country-owned-strategies-to-fight-malaria-1x.html Progress on malaria control stalled in 2016 and 2017, so the WHO has launched country-led strategies. Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:06:56 GMT Antibiotics resistance breaks global boundaries https://scidev.net/global/health/opinion/antibiotics-resistance-breaks-global-boundaries.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/opinion/antibiotics-resistance-breaks-global-boundaries.html Antibiotics resistance among some bacteria—including E.coli, salmonella and gonorrhoea—is pushing planetary safe zones, a study has found. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT The HIV epidemic will not end unless we prioritise youth mental health https://scidev.net/global/hiv-aids/opinion/the-hiv-epidemic-will-not-end-unless-we-prioritise-youth-mental-health.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/hiv-aids/opinion/the-hiv-epidemic-will-not-end-unless-we-prioritise-youth-mental-health.html Mental illness puts young people at risk of infection and makes them less likely to seek care, says King’s College London’s Melanie Abas. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Zambia on alert to quash future Ebola cases https://scidev.net/global/ebola/news/zambia-on-alert-to-quash-future-ebola-cases.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/ebola/news/zambia-on-alert-to-quash-future-ebola-cases.html Training programme starts in Zambia to help health workers in provinces combat potential Ebola outbreaks. Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:29:00 GMT Birth defects cluster not just down to Zika https://scidev.net/global/health/news/birth-defects-cluster-not-just-down-to-zika.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/birth-defects-cluster-not-just-down-to-zika.html The unusually high number of microcephaly cases in northeastern Brazil is linked to a mix of factors. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:00:45 GMT Arab countries caught in a cycle of war and disease https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/arab-countries-caught-in-a-cycle-of-war-and-disease.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/arab-countries-caught-in-a-cycle-of-war-and-disease.html Conflict has left the Middle East exposed to epidemics. SciDev.Net reports from countries scrambling to respond. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:11:00 GMT Oral polio drops linked to paralysis in India https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/oral-polio-drops-linked-to-paralysis-in-india-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/oral-polio-drops-linked-to-paralysis-in-india-1x.html Scientists find a high incidence of paralysis linked to the country’s successful oral polio vaccine drives. Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:24:33 GMT Rotavirus vaccine cuts diarrhoeal deaths by a third https://scidev.net/global/medicine/news/rotavirus-vaccine-cuts-diarrhoeal-deaths-by-a-third.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/medicine/news/rotavirus-vaccine-cuts-diarrhoeal-deaths-by-a-third.html Large study in rural Malawi adds to evidence of child mortality gains if more countries roll out the vaccine. Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:03:40 GMT Crisis in Venezuela threatens region’s measles-free status https://scidev.net/global/health/news/crisis-in-venezuela-threatens-region-s-measles-free-status.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/crisis-in-venezuela-threatens-region-s-measles-free-status.html The virus has spread to eleven countries in the Americas, fuelled by displacement and government failures. Thu, 09 Aug 2018 08:47:20 GMT Cheap drugs not enough to fight hepatitis C in Asia https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/drugs-fight-hepatitis-asia.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/disease/news/drugs-fight-hepatitis-asia.html Stigma surrounding the disease and poor health services are significant barriers in parts of South-East Asia.. Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:14:00 GMT Indigenous people ‘attuned’ to chronic disease risks https://scidev.net/global/governance/news/indigenous-people-attuned-to-chronic-disease-risks.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/governance/news/indigenous-people-attuned-to-chronic-disease-risks.html Communities in Ecuador and Brazil face rising rates of disease linked to changes in diet, sedentary lifestyle. Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:42:38 GMT Brazil suspects leprosy spreads through armadillos https://scidev.net/global/health/news/brazil-suspects-leprosy-spreads-through-armadillos.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/brazil-suspects-leprosy-spreads-through-armadillos.html Hunting and eating armadillo is common in the Amazonian state of Pará Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:07:44 GMT DRC first to approve widespread use of Ebola drugs https://scidev.net/global/ebola/news/drc-first-to-approve-widespread-use-of-ebola-drugs.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/ebola/news/drc-first-to-approve-widespread-use-of-ebola-drugs.html The five treatments include two used in Guinea to save the only baby known to have survived the deadly disease. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:00:00 GMT Smoother walls healthier for lungs https://scidev.net/global/health/news/smoother-walls-healthier-for-lungs.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/disease/disease_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/smoother-walls-healthier-for-lungs.html Materials that smooth over rough surfaces can ease the burden of respiratory disease by preventing toxic mould. Thu, 31 May 2018 09:20:00 GMT