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Scientist: Cassava disease spread at alarming rate

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Scientist: Cassava disease spread at alarming rate - A moderate infection with up to 30 percent root damage decreases the market value of cassava tubers drastically, to less than $5 a ton instead of $55, according to a...

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The crisis of no new antibiotics—what is the way forward? : The Lancet Infectious Diseases

Antibiotic use not only underpins modern medicine, but has brought huge changes to the world, especially in expectations of survival of children into adulthood. The theme of World Health Day, 2011, was “antimicrobial resistance: no action today and no cure tomorrow”. The demise of antibacterial drug discovery brings the spectre of untreatable infections. To prevent this crisis immediate action is needed and a new initiative, Antibiotic Action, has been launched. By bringing together communities who need these drugs with academia, health-care professionals, and pharmaceutical companies, this initiative aims to strengthen and enhance academic-industrial partnerships, bring about revision of costly and laborious processes of licensing and regulation of new antibiotics, and address the economics of antimicrobial drugs (cost of use vs profit). A global alliance for antibiotic drug discovery and development would provide a platform for these initiatives.


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How infectious disease may have shaped human origins

How infectious disease may have shaped human origins | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it
Scientists suggest that inactivation of two specific genes related to the immune system may have conferred selected ancestors of modern humans with improved protection from some pathogenic bacterial strains, such as Escherichia coli K1 and Group B...
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Vaccines prevent diseases - Immunize Your Child - Public Health Agency of Canada

Lists and describes diseases which can be prevented by vaccines. Explains the importance of vaccinating all young children. Provides examples of current incident rate of some diseases as compared to 50 years ago.
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