Treated bednets are crucial in the malaria control arsenal – if people are scared by untruths – deaths will go up.
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The malaria vaccine RTS,S will be complementary to other malaria interventions and is not a magic bullet. The time has come for different combinations of approaches to be tried out in different settings and the evidence used to come up with regional plans.
The vaccines that most people are used to: polio, measles, tetanus – prevent over 90% of the disease they protect against – this protection lasts a lifetime. The malaria vaccine RTS,S in trial conditions has been shown to have an efficacy of 26-36% and this efficacy declined quickly.
Tomorrow is world malaria day – having spent a good part of my adult life studying malaria – I am always bursting to talk endlessly about it. However I will restrict myself and talk about the issue of malaria eradication in two short blogs – today and tomorrow.
But while more midwifery research is required, there are small things can be done to make childbirth easier for women. Childbirth need not be undignified.
The people failed most by the lack of C-sections are babies. In Kenya about 13,600 babies die every year as a result of birth trauma and birth asphyxia – lives that would be saved by a C-section performed on time.
Myths about diseases spread like wildfire. Malaria is a case in point. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya asked me to help sort out fact from fiction in this article published yesterday.
With small batteries, many may think, it’s only small and will pass through the gut and will not do much harm but batteries are extremely dangerous when swallowed by little children.
If your typical Barbie had real life proportions, she would be 5 feet 9 inches, a bust of 36 inches and an 18 inch waist. That shape is not only improbable but unhealthy and a real woman with such proportions would have such a low weight, she would be unable to menstruate.
Researchers compared the stress response among those who were present at the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 to that of those who were exposed to the trauma only through the media. They found that those people who spend six hours or more of daily media exposure suffered higher acute stress symptoms than those people who were present at the bombing.