Antimalarial candidate holds promise as a single dose

By Laura Owings [CAPE TOWN] A new antimalarial candidate could pave the way for a single-dose treatment that boots malaria eradication when used in combination with other preventative measures. In an article published last month (26 April) in the journal of Science Translational Medicine, researchers indicated that the compound MMV390048 could block all life cycle …

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African nations poor at withdrawing unsafe drugs

By Laura Owings Regulators worldwide take several years to withdraw medicines after adverse effects are spotted, and African countries are more likely than those in other regions to keep harmful drugs on the market, a study reveals. “The intervals between reports of adverse reactions and drug withdrawal have not consistently closed over the past 60 …

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Rubbish can power Africa’s cities

By Laura Owings Energy generated from rubbish could power an estimated 40 million households across Africa by 2025, proposes a study. Using existing data on refuse and urban population growth, the researchers measured the total energy potential of all Africa’s urban solid waste from both incineration and methane produced from landfill sites. Their study was …

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High-dose vitamin D could help fight HIV/AIDS

By Laura Owings [CAPE TOWN] Vitamin D supplementation may improve the ability of the body to fight diseases, including HIV, in African regions with seasonal exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet B rays or UVB, according to a new study. Researchers from South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States say that although vitamin D status …

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STEM education receives US$25 million funding boost

By Laura Owings [CAPE TOWN] African scholars and teachers will gain support from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), it was announced last month (4 June). With a US$25 million investment from the MasterCard Foundation, and inclusion in its global 21 scholars programme, AIMS …

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