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New insights on mosquitoes that spread disease

The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is a highly invasive species and a vector of multiple pathogens including various viruses, such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. A new Medical and Veterinary Entomology study that evaluated the relationship between the mosquito's presence and habitat variables at a small scale provides important information for planning effective prevention and control campaigns. When investigators examined mosquito populations on Mallorca Island off the coast of Spain, they found that Ae. Albopictus presence was negatively associated with altitude, probably due to greater human presence at low altitudes near the coast. Moreover, Ae. albopictus presence was positively...


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Washington: Researchers searched for variations in our taste genes that could explain our beverage preferences. Surprisingly, the study showed that the taste preferences for bitter or sweet beverages aren't based on variations in our taste genes, but rather genes related to the psychoactive properties of these beverages. "The genetics underlying our preferences are related to the psychoactive components of these drinks. People like the way coffee and alcohol make them feel. That's why they drink it. It's not the taste," wrote assistant professor, Cornelis, in a study published in the Journal of Human Molecular Genetics Scientist. The study highlights important...

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Insys execs guilty of bribing doctors to push drugs, marking first U.S. conviction in opioids fight

For the first time ever, U.S. attorneys say they have successfully prosecuted a top pharmaceutical executive in the government's fight against opioids. A federal jury on Thursday convicted Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor and four other former executives of the company. Prosecutors accused them of bribing doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray – called Subsys. One-time billionaire Kapoor was once one of the country's biggest pharmaceutical executives. Thursday's verdict is a sign of the government's mounting efforts to hold drugmakers and distributors accountable for the nationwide opioid crisis.Among the pieces of evidence presented during the 10-week trial: a...
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Scientists find cocaine in shrimps

Researchers found cocaine in all samples of shrimp tested in a rural area of eastern England, they revealed Wednesday, with ketamine also widespread. Scientists from King's College London, in collaboration with the University of Suffolk, made the 'surprise' discovery after taking samples from 15 locations across the farming county of Suffolk. "Whether the presence of cocaine in aquatic animals is an issue for Suffolk, or more widespread an occurrence in the UK and abroad, awaits further research," said Nic Bury from the University of Suffolk. The study, published in Environment International, looked at the levels of various "micro-pollutants" in freshwater...
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Breastfeeding, vaccination a child's right, says DHA

Failure by parents to vaccinate and breastfeed their children are considered 'neglect' under a UAE law, but they are not punishable, a top official from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has clarified. "These are not options but the rights of a child that start even before birth," said Dr Shahraban Abdulla, chairperson of the DHA's Standing Child Protection Committee. Clarifying a report published in Khaleej Times on April 30, the official said: "We want to make parents and the community at large aware of their responsibilities through education." Wadeema's Law, which was passed in 2016, is the backbone of the...