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Mosquitoes to combat zika and dengue will be released in Brazil

Mosquitoes to combat zika and dengue will be released in Brazil

In an initiative of several philanthropic institutions and governments , a major plan of action to combat the virus zika, dengue and chikungunya, all transmitted by aedes aegypti. The project will be launched in Brazil and Colombia, countries where there is a high incidence of mosquitoes. The results will be analyzed in the next two or three years.

The mosquitoes that will be spread in urban areas, initially in Rio de Janeiro already in early 2017, are genetically modified with Wolbachia bacteria. Previous research conducted in Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam has shown that the bacterium helps to significantly reduce the ability of the virus to spread.

The Dengue Elimination Program, led by Monash University in Australia, is responsible for developing the initiative. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the British government, the Wellcome global charitable foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are among the funders of the project.


Excessive consumption of energy causes hepatitis in men

Excessive consumption of energy causes hepatitis in men

A previously healthy 50-year-old American was diagnosed with acute hepatitis probably caused by excessive consumption of energy drinks. At first, the man thought he had a flu, but the symptoms were getting worse and he decided to seek medical attention. The patient works with buildings and to endure the long hours of service started to consume a lot of energy drink.

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Anvisa evaluates ban on antibacterial soaps in Brazil

Anvisa evaluates ban on antibacterial soaps in Brazil

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American agency responsible for regulating the food and the United States, has banned the use of 19 chemical ingredients present in antibacterial soaps marketed in the United States. The body has reported that substances such as triclosan, common in antibacterial liquid soaps, and triclocarban, present in most soaps in the United States.

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