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DDT: Sniffing Out Excellent White Powder

Bart Knols | 22 Jun 2010 | TH!NK ABOUT IT

No, no, it's not that white stuff. It's that other white powder. The one that makes some of us go mad with anger, whilst others relentlessly defend its use. That some claim will give you breast cancer, whilst others say you can drink and inhale it without any harm.

Global drug resistance raises fear, says report

Ifedayo Adebayo | 16 Jun 2010 | NEXT

The World Health Organisation, governments, and non-profit groups are not paying enough attention to the dangers of drug-resistant drugs, a report from the Centre for Global Development has warned.

Customs group to fight $200 bln bogus drug industry

John Irish | 10 Jun 2010 | Reuters

Counterfeit drugs have become a $200-billion-a-year industry and the 176-nation World Customs Organization (WCO) will sign a declaration later this month to fight the scourge, an official said on Thursday. Fake or substandard versions of medicines are often hidden in cargoes sent on circuitous routes to mask their country of origin.

Some Hopeful Signs in the War on Malaria , But a Long Way to Go

Joseph Treaster | 09 Jun 2010 | The Huffington Post

The rainy season in East Africa is also the malaria season. Rain water collects in puddles and old tires and gutters. It also accumulates in discarded tin cans and in the folds of plastic shopping bags in garbage heaps.

Malaria epidemic hits southern Venezuela

Ian James | 05 Jun 2010 | Associated Press

Malaria cases have doubled in Venezuela so far this year as health officials confront an epidemic in a vast southern region where wildcat gold miners are often infected in remote jungle camps.

Fake drugs are a real menace

Nick Schulz | 03 Jun 2010 | livemint.com

By many important measures, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is thriving. Indian firms are increasingly seen as innovators, losing their earlier global reputation as copycat firms happy to free ride on Western medical advances.

BURKINA FASO: Testing indoor spray for malaria prevention

None | 02 Jun 2010 | IRIN News

Health teams are spraying homes with insecticide in the high-risk southwest, in Burkina Faso's first trial of the method to combat malaria. In 2009 the disease struck more than 20,000 people and killed 110 in the targeted district, according to the Health Ministry.

The Excellent Powder: DDT in Book Review

Michael Shaw | 24 May 2010 | HealthNewsDigest.com

It's well past time that a comprehensive review of DDT should appear, and the authors—all connected with the organization Africa Fighting Malaria [www.fightingmalaria.org]—have done a bravura job. Replete with footnotes, the work is accessible to the lay reader.

Global Death Rates Drop for Children 5 or Younger

Denise Grady | 23 May 2010 | New York Times

Death rates in children under 5 are dropping in many countries at a surprisingly fast pace, according to a new report based on data from 187 countries from 1970 to 2010. Worldwide, 7.7 million children are expected to die this year — still an enormous number, but a vast improvement over the 1990 figure of 11.9 million.

Malaria may not rise as world warms

Heidi Ledford | 19 May 2010 | Nature News

Of the many climate-change catastrophes facing humankind, the anticipated spread of infectious tropical diseases is one of the most frequently cited — and most alarming. But a paper in this week's Nature adds to the growing voice of dissent from epidemiologists who challenge the prediction that global warming will fuel a worldwide increase in malaria.