ABC News 12 September, 2014
Researchers have found that common anti-malaria drugs were able to reverse the growth of cancerous cells during tests on fruit flies.
Experts from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne said during the trial they discovered a mutation very similar to one that a malarial parasite needs to thrive.
News.com.au September 11, 2014
THE likelihood that a man taken to hospital with Ebola-like symptoms actually has the killer illness is “extremely small”, an expert who’s assessed him says.
THE sick 27-year-old man was taken from the Southport watch house to Gold Coast University Hospital on Thursday morning by paramedics wearing full protective gear.
They treated the case seriously after the man complained of fever, one of the main symptoms of Ebola, and revealed he’d only just returned from the Congo in Africa.
The man had spent four hours at the watch house after being arrested for trespassing at Surfers Paradise, but did not tell police he was sick when he was arrested. A police spokesman said there was no need to close the watch house. Gold Coast University Hospital’s director of infectious diseases John Gerrard said initial assessment of the patient suggested it was extremely unlikely the man had the killer disease.
“We are managing him in accordance with the standard national protocols for isolation of patients who are potentially at risk of Ebola disease,” Dr Gerrard told reporters. “I must emphasise the risk of this patient having Ebola virus disease is extremely small.” Test results are expected by Thursday evening.
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AAP Sept. 11, 2014
Brisbane Times Update 1:15pm: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/suspected-ebola-patient-on-gold-coast-20140911-10f8rp.html
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Brisbane Times September 11, 2014
A man feared to have contracted the potentially deadly Ebola virus in Africa has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The 25-year-old contacted paramedics at 7.40am on Thursday complaining of feeling unwell, a Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman told Fairfax Media.
The man, from Southport on the Gold Coast, returned from the Congo two days ago and has been seriously ill since, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
Gold Coast Health acting chief executive Damian Green said in a statement on Thursday morning: “Gold Coast Health can confirm a patient has been transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital after being identified by paramedics as having symptoms of Ebola virus.
“Gold Coast Health is taking necessary precautions and has isolated the patient who is currently being assessed.
“Gold Coast Heath has processes in place to safely manage such circumstances.
(Oregon State University 4 September 2014) As researchers continue to work toward vaccines for serious tropical diseases such as dengue fever, experts caution in a new report that such vaccines will probably cause temporary but significant spikes in the disease in the years after they are first used.
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Melbourne researchers are making progress towards new antimalarial drugs, after revealing how an antibiotic called emetine blocks the molecular machinery that produces the proteins required for malaria parasite survival.
Although emetine is effective against malaria it is not used as a preventive drug due to its significant side effects. However, the work of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers Dr Wilson Wong, Dr Jake Baum and colleagues in showing how emetine attaches to and blocks the molecular machinery that makes the proteins required for malaria parasite survival has revealed new approaches for antimalarial drug development.
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ABC News September 2, 2014 Matthew Carney
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Townsville Bulletin Samantha Healy 30 August 2014
PRELIMINARY surveys have found the dengue mosquito is widespread across Townsville, even in the cooler months. Scientists from the Eliminate Dengue team based at Monash University have been conducting weekly monitoring of 100 mosquito traps, spread across the city, since April.