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2013-10-23 23:20:34

Lauds Reduction in New Infections and Lowered Mortality Rate of TB; Urges More Aggressive Identification of Nearly 3 Million “Missed” New Cases of TB Annually and Greater Focus on More Virulent Strains of TB to Avert Public Health Crisis New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2013 Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global Tuberculosis Report 2013. Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria, acknowledged both...

Badger Social Networks And The Spread Of Bovine Tuberculosis
2013-10-22 04:31:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The social lives of badgers are related to their risk of infection with bovine tuberculosis (TB), according to a new study from the University of Exeter and the AHVLA's National Wildlife Management Center. "In wild animals, just as in humans, social networks are very important for disease transmission," said Robbie McDonald of the University of Exeter. "When management changes stable networks, the results for disease control are...

West African Bats Are Hosts To Multitude Of Different Haemosporidian Parasites
2013-10-21 13:55:21

Max Planck Institute In Europe, bats are normally discussed in the context of endangered species threatened by loss of their habitats. However, in recent years, bats have caught the eye of infection biologists. The animals are namely hosts to a surprising number of pathogens, many of which could be dangerous to humans. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin and the American Museum of Natural History have been able to identify in...

2013-10-18 12:08:25

Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a combination of two commonly prescribed drugs used to treat high cholesterol and osteoporosis may serve as the foundation of a new treatment for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii. They published their findings recently in PLOS Pathogens. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite capable of infecting nearly all warm-blooded animals. While healthy human adults usually suffer no lasting ill...

Blood-Filled Mosquito Fossil Discovered By Researchers
2013-10-15 04:22:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers report that they have found a fossilized mosquito specimen that was still blood-engorged from its last meal – a discovery that is detailed in the latest edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The mosquito had been preserved in shale rock for approximately 46 million years after it plummeted into a lake in what is now northwestern Montana, according to Joseph Stromberg of...

2013-10-08 13:58:05

Relapses after treatment for Leishmania infection may be due to a greater infectivity of the parasite rather than drug resistance, as has been previously thought, according to a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Visceral leishmaniasis, also called kala-azar, is a parasitic disease that strikes 400,000 people every year and kills around 1 in 10 of its victims. The disease has proven difficult to treat, in part because a large...

World's First Malaria Vaccine Could Save Millions Of Lives
2013-10-08 11:00:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is expected to seek regulatory approval for a malaria vaccine that recently delivered promising results in a large-scale trial conducted across Africa. The new vaccine – dubbed RTS,S – would be the world’s first malaria vaccine and could significantly boost public health in parts of Africa where malaria runs rampant. "In Africa we experience nearly 600,000 deaths annually from malaria, mainly children...

Soaring Variety Of Malaria Parasites Found In Bats
2013-10-07 16:10:08

American Museum of Natural History Researchers have discovered a surprising diversity of malaria parasites in West African bats as well as new evidence of evolutionary jumps to rodent hosts. Led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, and the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, the new study reveals that two bat-infecting parasites are closely related to parasites in rodents that are commonly used to model human malaria in...


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2005-08-25 10:14:14

The mosquito is a member of the family Culicidae. These insects have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and long legs. Only the females of most mosquito species suck blood from other animals. Size varies but is rarely greater than 0.6 inch (15 mm). Mosquitoes weigh only about 0.03 to 0.04 grain (2 to 2.5 mg). They can fly at about 0.9 to 1.6 mph (1.5 to 2.5 km/h) and most species are nocturnal. Mosquitoes are believed to have evolved 170 million years ago during...

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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'