Bed Bugs: Potential Vectors for Chagas Disease?
Infectious Diseases / Public Health

Bed Bugs: Potential Vectors for Chagas Disease?

In a recent article published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, it has been postulated that the common bedbug (Cimex lectularius) may have potential to act as a vector for the spread of Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease. In this study, the authors injected the causative agent into mice and then made … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases / Public Health

500 Sea Lion Carcasses Wash up on Peruvian Beaches

Last January, animal lovers the world over were shocked to learn that over 400 dolphin carcasses had washed ashore in Peru. There was extensive news coverage, mainly because this was reminiscent of another massive die-off a couple of years ago. In 2012, eventually, amidst somewhat questionable situations, it seems to have been declared that the die … Continue reading

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Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Fact or Fear-Mongering?
Infectious Diseases / Public Health

Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Fact or Fear-Mongering?

The WHO has come out with a message regarding the potential of sexual transmission of the Ebola Virus. In its statement, titled: “Ebola virus in semen of men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease“, the WHO has categorically stated that though sexual transmission has not been noted, certain precautions need to be adopted by … Continue reading

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“Open Medicine” Closes Down Raising Questions on Sustainability of Open Access Journals
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“Open Medicine” Closes Down Raising Questions on Sustainability of Open Access Journals

One of the first open access, online journals I started reading was Open Medicine, not because I was a crusader for open science of anything, but simply because I had Googled “open access medicine journal” and had happened to land on that particular site! Subsequently, as I got familiarised with the terrain of open access … Continue reading

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