Health https://scidev.net/global/health/ News about health and global development covering malaria, TB, infectious & non infectious diseases, ebola outbreak, epidemic, sanitation public health and more. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT en Critical birth drug mired in Nigeria https://scidev.net/global/medicine/feature/critical-birth-drug-mired-in-nigeria.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/medicine/feature/critical-birth-drug-mired-in-nigeria.html The birth drug tranexamic acid could save thousands of lives in Nigeria. But price inflation means few can afford it. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT 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/health_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/health_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 No silver bullet for arsenic in groundwater https://scidev.net/global/health/news/no-silver-bullet-for-arsenic-in-groundwater.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/no-silver-bullet-for-arsenic-in-groundwater.html A review of 31 technologies finds no single method that will work in all areas where water is contaminated. Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:15:49 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/health_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 Air pollution cuts worker productivity https://scidev.net/global/pollution/news/air-pollution-cuts-worker-productivity.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/pollution/news/air-pollution-cuts-worker-productivity.html A study conducted in China shows that prolonged exposure leads to small reduction in factory productivity. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:50:22 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/health_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/health_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 Fish protein wafers to ease acute malnutrition in children https://scidev.net/global/health/news/fish-protein-wafers-to-ease-acute-malnutrition-in-children-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/fish-protein-wafers-to-ease-acute-malnutrition-in-children-1x.html Wafers made of fish protein could save thousands of severely malnourished Asian children. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:16:00 GMT Conflict diseases to snakebites – 2018 in features https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/conflict-diseases-to-snakebites-2018-in-features.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/conflict-diseases-to-snakebites-2018-in-features.html SciDev.Net looks back at the best features of 2018. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan tackles snakebite envenomation https://scidev.net/global/health/multimedia/pakistan-snakebite-envenomation.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/multimedia/pakistan-snakebite-envenomation.html Snakebite is treatable if patients get prompt, competent medical care, say Pakistani doctors. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:00:00 GMT India battles snakebite scourge https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/india-battles-snakebite-scourge.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/india-battles-snakebite-scourge.html India accounts for half of the estimated 100,000 deaths from snakebites that occur globally each year. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:30:00 GMT Hi-tech antidotes for snakebite https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/tech-antidotes-for-snakebite.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/tech-antidotes-for-snakebite.html Nanoparticles, enzyme inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies are the future of snakebite treatment. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:20:00 GMT Race against time to treat hump-nosed pit viper bites https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/race-against-time-to-treat-hump-nosed-pit-viper-bites.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/race-against-time-to-treat-hump-nosed-pit-viper-bites.html The hump-nosed pit viper’s venom is a driver of therapeutic research, but no antivenom has yet been found. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:15:00 GMT Poverty amplifies Africa’s snakebite problem https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/poverty-amplifies-africa-s-snakebite-problem.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/poverty-amplifies-africa-s-snakebite-problem.html African antivenom markets are not profitable, leaving many of its poorest regions without access to treatment. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:06:00 GMT Snakebite envenoming: facts and figures https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/snakebite-envenoming-facts-and-figures.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/snakebite-envenoming-facts-and-figures.html Snakebite envenoming is a hidden health crisis. SciDev.Net examines responsible factors. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:05:00 GMT UNAIDS leader to resign next year after review voices “no confidence” https://scidev.net/global/health/news/unaids-leader-to-resign-next-year-after-review-voices-no-confidence.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/unaids-leader-to-resign-next-year-after-review-voices-no-confidence.html Scathing report urges leadership change at AIDS agency, following claims of bullying and harassment. Fri, 14 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/health_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 The human face of digital health https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/the-human-face-of-digital-health.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/feature/the-human-face-of-digital-health.html How can health workers on the front line better use high tech, low tech ‒ or no tech? Anita Makri reports from Bellagio. Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT Q&A: Privacy ‘not keeping pace’ with digital health https://scidev.net/global/health/supported-content/keeping-pace-with-digital-health.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/health/health_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/supported-content/keeping-pace-with-digital-health.html Tech moving faster than policies in digital health, says Patricia Mechael. Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT