infectious disease

New research shows link between agrochemicals and risk of parasitic disease

Farmers worldwide face mounting pressure to increase agricultural yields to keep up with human population growth. Consequently, chemical use is on the rise – in many cases a cocktail of chemicals, from fertilizers to herbicides to insecticides. But in countries where human population growth is highest, including China, South East Asia and South America, these […]

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Cognitive tech in drones could reduce infectious outbreaks

In 2012, neuroscientist, TEDTalker, inventor James Kozloski’s wife Sumali was in nursing school in Connecticut – just when the state was struggling to deal with some of the highest rates of hospital-acquired infections in the country. The outbreak, for example, contributed 914 cases of “super bug” Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to the some 80,000 annual cases […]

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Tracking tuberculosis in South Africa

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 80 percent of the South African population has latent Tuberculosis (TB), with about 450,000 active TB cases in 2013 alone. Last year, TB deaths overtook those of HIV/AIDS, making it the world’s deadliest infectious disease. A significant number of infectious TB cases (about 37.5{ccf696850f4de51e8cea028aa388d2d2d2eef894571ad33a4aa3b26b43009887} globally) go undetected and […]

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