Targeted spraying to prevent malaria in low transmission setting halves cost of current practice

A study by Wits scientists and partners has proved that a targeted malaria transmission prevention intervention is not inferior to the ‘blanket’ approach. Furthermore, the targeted Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) intervention was safe, less costly, and more cost-effective compared with standard ‘blanket’ IRS, meaning savings could potentially be reallocated to other malaria control and elimination […]

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Opioid agonist treatment could substantially reduce drug related deaths if used more widely

New evidence that opioid agonists such as methadone and buprenorphine could substantially reduce drug related deaths if more widely used in the community and prison, and for longer, has been published in Lancet Psychiatry today [25 February]. Treatment of people addicted to opioids with methadone or buprenorphine also known as ‘opioid agonist treatment’ (OAT) reduces […]

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Not all ‘good’ cholesterol is healthy

HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol), or “good cholesterol,” is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease as it transports cholesterol deposited in the arteries to the liver to be eliminated. This contrasts with the so-called “bad cholesterol,” LDL (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), which causes cholesterol to accumulate in the arteries and increases cardiovascular risk. Although […]

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