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Aedes aegypti: solution is to reduce mosquito population, believes specialist

Aedes aegypti: solution is to reduce mosquito population, believes specialist

The development of a vaccine for yellow fever in the 1930s and the eradication of the mosquito that transmitted the disease, Aedes aegypti, in the 1950s, has made the government to relax the mosquito control measures, which allowed them to be reintroduced in the country in the late 1960s, said Delsio Natal, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo (USP). an event promoted by the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, the professor presented a panorama of the trajectory of the mosquito in Brazil, since the 17th century, when there was the first campaign against yellow fever in the country. "We are not going to be able to eradicate the mosquito, we need to lower the mosquito density," said the professor, when assessing that the mosquito has been infected with mosquitoes. a second eradication would be very difficult as well as costly. "Now we are going to have to control the epidemics, control the diseases that are coming up, which is the most immediate and perhaps suffocate the epidemic with some method, some technique."

Second Christmas, methods already exist to combat Aedes aegypti work and only depend on a correct management for its effectiveness. "The majority of municipalities do not have an entomologist [who studies insects] in the teams," he said.

The president of the association said that a great challenge of sanitation in Brazil is the collection and distribution of water and sewage adequately and effectively. "We will not be able to do sewage work in two years, but it is important to have a restructuring of the federal government," he said. sector, strengthening municipal plans and also restructuring state-owned enterprises, "he said.


Ministry of Health will invest R $ 2.3 million in research on ELA

Ministry of Health will invest R $ 2.3 million in research on ELA

The resource was destined for the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal) for the building a research laboratory with stem cells, allowing to investigate which other drugs may bring results, as well as identify new products for these patients. Currently, the only available treatment is Riluzol, which acts to decrease the discomfort of patients with ALS, but does not significantly reduce its progression and increases the survival of those suffering from the disease by a maximum of three months.

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Moderate fat intake is better than high-carbohydrate diet, says research

Moderate fat intake is better than high-carbohydrate diet, says research

For a long time science has led us to believe that carbohydrate consumption is better for the body than fat intake. So far so good. However, a survey of more than 135,000 people on five continents has shown that a diet that includes moderate intake of fats, fruits and vegetables and reduces carbohydrate consumption may lead to a lower risk of death.

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