Mosquito bites exposure bring scientists one important step closer to making a vaccine

Currently there is no vaccine available to protect against malaria but an experiment bring scientists closer to making one.

In a bold experiment, scientists purposefully exposed people to mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites. At the same time, they were also given a dose of a drug called chloroquine. After three months, these people didn't develop the disease at all, even after they stopped taking the drug.

The chloroquine protected the subjects from the feasting mosquitoes, while the malaria exposure strengthened the humans' resistance to it. At the end of their experiment, all ten subjects exposed to malaria had built up immunity to it. The body's own immune system fought the parasite in its early stage, while the drug attacked it in the later stages.

It is not clearly stated and seems unlikely that the immunity could be achieved in the long term in the face of continuing repeated exposure, but it helped scientists identify a specialized group of cells that guard against the malaria parasite. Their results were much more successful than other vaccines currently used in experiments.


The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) will be hosting the 2011 Medical Technology Week Celebration with the theme: "Unfolding Opportunities Through Technology Innovations".

The event will start on September 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM and will end on September 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM.  It will take place at the PAMET Secretariat Office, Unit 1720, 17th floor Cityland 10 Tower 2, 6817 Ayala Ave. North Makati City, Makati City, Metro Manila.

The activities are as follows:
September 11 Opening of Med Tech Week / Walk For A Cause
September 12 Thanksgiving Mass
September 13 Advocacy
September 14 CPE Seminar
September 15 30th PAMET PASMETH Quiz Show
September 16
September 17 Community Outreach
September 18 Sportsfest / Closing Ceremonies

Organizing Committee
Over-all Chairman:  Gamaliel A. Fulgueras 
Committee on Ways and Means:  Marivic Baniqued 
Committee on Thanksgiving:  Gina A. Noble 
Committee on Advocacy:  Agnes B. Medenilla 
Committee on CMTE Seminar:  Hon. Marian Tantingco and Razel Kawano 
Committee on Quiz Show:  Maura Sanchez- Isais 
Committee on Community Outreach:  Lito Atienza 
Committee on Sports:  Lita Alviar

Central Luzon dengue level critical | Sun.Star

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With the help of the media people are becoming more aware of the dengue situation in certain areas. We are being warned of the increasing number of cases so as to prevent further worsening of the situation. The Department of Health is closely monitoring the situation but the most effective solution must come from the local health units and households of the affected areas.

The director of DOH Center for Health Development 3, Dr. Rio L. Magpantay, is calling the public to continue their efforts in eliminating the population of dengue mosquitoes in their communities by cleaning their environment.

"We are experiencing a dramatic peak in the number of cases this year and we are extensively monitoring it to avert a possible outbreak." 
"I call on the local government leaders and households of the provinces with a high number of cases to continue their clean-up drive against dengue. Even with the use of Ovitraps, we still need to find and destroy the breeding places of dengue mosquitoes. It is still the most effective way of reducing their population."

"I advise the public not to be alarmed as the DOH Center for Health Development 3 (Central Luzon) remains on top of the situation and continually intensifying its efforts to reduce the spread of dengue in areas where there are clustering of cases," Dr. Magpantay said.

The department is expecting a positive response to this call by taking necessary actions and helping to spread awareness. The department wants to hear from you. Below are some of the readers comments as posted on yahoo.
The roots of the problem here is purely POOR sanitation. The DOH in the PH MUST implement health awareness to all Pilipinos. Kung mga public restrooms nga ay walang tubig at paper towels ay simbolo na ang responsible party ay hinde ginagawa ang trabaho nila. Inaction of their responsibilities merely means impeachment trial like that of Merci Gutierrez . Their salary is being paid by the public and they have the responsibilty to do their task accordingly.

Eto ang example ng HEALTH ISSUE na dapat tutukan. HINDI REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH!

Blame does not go all to DOH.. partly, for the programs and projects, they should have founded more that are effective.. "Longer reach to the affected areas"

The first ones to blame are those people, na kahit bini----an na ng guidelines kung paano ito and paano iyan.. still doesn't follow them, in return, na spread na ung parasite.

" need na magbawas ng tao, overpopulation na ang pinas " :D

Ronnie V
DOH just tells us the number of cases but is there a way you (DOH) make actions to prevent this outbreak?

I am more surprised that people are not dying by the truck load. Due to a lack of Food Safety procedures, from the way meat and poultry is sold unrefrigerated all day long. Along with road side eats stands, selling food that sits in the danger zone of temperature for hours on end. People must be use to having flu like systems of food poisoning, on a daily basis. And think that it is normal.

Edward one problem is a lot of people in philippines take cold water showers ,not hot water with soap.another problem is the bad sewage system in philippines.

Sanitation big time. The education or lack there of, is a major contributor to all situations like this. It is sad to see so many people of age, lacking such basic educational back ground. Almost looks like a repeat from the middle ages.
Wake up and smell the coffee.
or in this case, educate your people.

" Well , walang gumusto- nan----ari lng dahil sa kapabayaan ndin ng mga tao " kaya pls need discipline lalo pa ngaun ...sama n ng panahon

Health and Safety Abroad: Malaria

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Malaria is responsible for one million deaths per year. Precautions must be taken 24 hours a day to protect against mosquito bites that could transmit malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever. Dr. Frank Gillingham, medical director for HTH Worldwide, recommends some precautions for students to take when traveling overseas to areas where these illnesses are endemic.

The material in this video is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. None of the information in this video should be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.

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