Malaria drug could cut women’s risk of STIs

By Onche Odeh [ABUJA, NIGERIA] A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could also treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a study shows. Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of …

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NCDs are 23 per cent of Africa’s disease burden

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Stem cell science — study of cells that have the capacity to develop into other cells types — could solve Africa’s noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) burden, says a report. A workshop report, published by African Academy of Sciences and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in February, states that investing time and …

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Kenyan medical students learn through community outreach model

Simeon Mining, Moi University This is a time of unprecedented change in medical education globally. Medical schools, postgraduate bodies and other organisations are responding to rapid advances in medicine and changes in health care delivery. New education approaches are being adopted to exchange information. This enables the institutions to produce relevant health professionals. Kenyan medical …

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New regimens cut drug-resistant TB treatment time

By Esther Nakkazi [KAMPALA] Two new drug regimens have shown promise to enhance treatments of patients suffering from drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Latest figures from the WHO show that of those who are able to access treatment, only half of those with multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB and only 28 per cent of those with extensively drug-resistant …

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New Ebola vaccine under consideration for emergency use

By Esther Nakkazi [ANTWERP, BELGIUM] The next Ebola outbreak could have a prime-boost vaccine available, particularly for health workers and vulnerable communities on the front-line, a conference has heard. Prime-boost vaccination involves giving an initial dose to prime the immune system, followed by a booster dose at a later date with the goal of potentially …

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