Build your own 50-cent microscope !

“I wanted to make the best possible disease-detection instrument that we could almost distribute for free,” said Prakash. “What came out of this project is what we call use-and-throw microscopy.”

Malaria Infected Mosquitoes Express Enhanced Attraction to Human Odor
Mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite are more attracted to human body odour than uninfected insects, a study suggests.
Genetic Diversity within Schistosoma haematobium
Schistosomiasis is a disease caused by parasitic blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma. Species that infect humans are prevalent in developing countries, having a major impact on public health and well-being as well as an impediment to socioeconomic development. More people are infected with Schi...
Tuberculosis: An injection of hope
futuris - Tuberculosis still turns some people’s lives to hell. One of them is Alfredo Cabaleiro Besada, from Spain. He said: “After being diagnosed with tuberculosis, I had two options…
Polymer Multilayer Tattoo for Safe, Effective Delivery of DNA Vaccines
DNA vaccines hold promise of overcoming the downsides of traditional vaccinations, potentially allowing for effective defense against HIV and other viral infections. Delivering DNA snippets that code for viral proteins into the insides of cells is a bit tricky and currently requires using electro...
Big Data, Better Global Health
A comprehensive new study of the world's health status has the potential to dramatically improve how developing countries address surging problems like noncommunicable diseases, writes CFR's Thomas Bollyky.
A Worm Vaccine, Coming at a Snail's Pace

A news Focus in "Science" delineated past, present and future Schistosomiasis vaccine research, featuring EPLS vaccine candidate "Bilhvax".

"Vaccines would probably not prevent human infections, but they could reduce the number of eggs that female worms produce, which in turn would reduce symptoms and slow transmission, says Maria Yazdanbakhsh of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, who heads a European project to find a vaccine against S. mansoni. "If the worms produce fewer eggs, the water will be less infested, and that will slowly reduce transmission.""

Latent TB bacteria can hide in marrow cells
Infectious disease and stem cell researchers recently found evidence that tuberculosis bacteria may hide in bone- and cartilage-forming stem cells in bone marrow to protect themselves from drugs and the immune system.
Scientists use prawns to combat schistosomiasis

Watch this video of The Guardian about it!

T-cell Vaccines Could Treat Elusive Diseases
"For some infectious diseases, traditional vaccines just don't cut it. Microbes that hide inside human cells and cause chronic illness aren't stymied by the antibody response generated by the kind of vaccine available at the doctor's office. T-cell vaccines, which activate a different type of imm...