Giant rats sniff out tuberculosis in Mozambique

first_imgMozambique gets a make over Giant tortoise of Zanzibar Rats sniff out TB in Mozambique Giant rats may strike fear and disgust into the hearts of homeowners worldwide, but researchers in impoverished Mozambique are improbably turning some of them into heroes.At Eduardo Mondlane University in the capital Maputo, nine giant rats are busy at work sniffing out tuberculosis-causing bacteria from rows of sputum samples.These are no ordinary rats, as they have undergone six months of training in Tanzania. Their most distinguishing asset is their impeccable sense of smell.Placed inside a glass cage, a rat darts from sample to sample, then stops or rubs its legs, indicating that a sample is infected with a TB causing bacteria. Once the task is complete, it is given a treat through a syringe for a job well done.Samples pointed out by the rats to contain TB bacteria are then sent for further tests using fluorescence microscopy, a more sensitive laboratory technique. The results are sent back to health centres, allowing patients to start treatment early.Although TB is a treatable disease, in underdeveloped countries like Mozambique it can be deadly if left untreated and is particularly harmful to people living with HIV. Mozambique is one of the countries worst affected by TB and 1 in 10 adults is HIV-positive.With World Tuberculosis Day being marked on Tuesday, the Mozambican Ministry of Health said it was cautiously monitoring the APOPO work.“This technique has to be compared to others that are available and already WHO approved, such as GeneXpert or LED microscope,” said Ivan Manhica, who heads the national programme for tuberculosis at the health ministry.According to the WHO, TB killed 1.5 million people in 2013.Relatedcenter_img Mozambique Electionslast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball game day: What to know about Pittsburgh matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 11, 2017 at 9:09 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse will look to extend its winning streak to six games when it takes on Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Orange (16-9, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) beat the Panthers, 77-66, on Jan. 7 in the Carrier Dome. Now, SU will go for the season sweep of Pitt at the Petersen Events Center.Here are answers to your pressing game day questions.How can you watch the game? Syracuse-Pitt will air on the ACC Network. In the Syracuse area, it’ll air on NBC affiliates. Here are channel listings based on provider.• Time Warner: 1203 (high-definition) and 3 (suburbs) or 4 (city) for non-digital subscribers• DirecTV: 3• Verizon Fios: 503 (high-definition) and 3 (standard-definition)• Dish Network: 3• New Visions: 603 (high-definition) and 3 (standard-definition)Here are channels the game will be on throughout the rest of New York.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlbany (WNYA)Binghamton (WBPN)Buffalo (WNLO)Burlington-Plattsburgh (WPTZ-D3)Elmira (WJKP)New York City (WLNY)Rochester (WHAM-D2)Utica (WPNY)Watertown (WWTI)For nationwide listings, click here.What do our beat writers predict? Find out, here.How does walk-on Adrian Autry Jr. contribute to the Orange? By serving as SU’s ‘Handshake Guy.’What must Taurean Thompson improve? The next step for him is to avoid foul trouble.What else should you know about Pitt? Here’s a preview of the Panthers. Commentslast_img read more

Muslera howler helps France reach World Cup semi-finals

first_img 3 Moments later, Lloris brilliantly preserved his side’s lead after getting down low to his right to deny Caceres before Diego Godin could only put the rebound over the bar.And Griezmann got his name on the scoresheet to double France’s lead on the hour.The striker’s speculative strike was too hot to handle for Muslera, but the keeper really should have done better with the effort.Clearly frustrated at the way things went, Uruguay appeared to lose their discipline as the game ebbed away from them.And this nearly descended into chaos after Mbappe went down after running past Rodriguez. Replays suggest there was no clear contact between the two, however.STAR MAN Griezmann’s strike from 20 yards surprisingly put France 2-0 up Hugo Lloris made an incredible save to keep out Martin Caceres’ firm header when the game was at 1-0 while La Celeste glovesman Fernando Muslera was at fault for France’s second.Tensions nearly spilled over towards the end of the game after a scuffle broke out on the pitch following an incident between Cristian Rodriguez and Kylian Mbappe.Uruguay started brightly but were lacking a certain panache going forward following Edinson Cavani’s injury sustained against Portugal and were unable to register any clear-cut chances in the game’s early stages.France’s teenage sensation Mbappe – who starred in their 4-3 win over Argentina in the last round – should have done better with a free header on 15 minutes.Les Bleus grew into the game and got the crucial lead five minutes before the break when Varane glanced in Griezmann’s curling free-kick from the right. 3 3center_img Lloris was alert when needed during the game France’s incredible flair was too much for Argentina but they were presented with a new challenge against Uruguay of having to win ugly. Les Bleus passed with flying colours.And they have their keeper to thank for his incredible save just before the break. Lloris’ stop came at a crucial time and also did enough to put off Diego Godin on the rebound. Had that gone in, it would have been 1-1 and could well have made for a different story.MOMENT OF THE MATCHLloris save is the best moment of the match as a result. It was not the most enthralling game but the keeper brought an incredible piece of quality which has put his side through to the last four where they will face the winners of the Brazil v Belgium tie – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORTLloris earned plenty of praise on Twitter for the save too from Tottenham fans – some claiming it was the “save of the World Cup.”LINE-UPSUruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Laxalt, Nandez (Urreta 73) Torreira, Vecino, Bentancur (Rodriguez 59), Suarez, Stuani (Gomez 59)Subs not used: Campana, Varela, Sanchez, De Arrascaeta, Gaston Silva, Maxi Pereira, Coates, Martin SilvaFrance: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe (Dembele 88), Griezmann (Fekir 90), Tolisso (N’Zonzi 80), GiroudSubs not used: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Rami, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola France earned their place in the semi-finals of a World cup for the first time since 2006 after securing a tense 2-0 victory over Uruguay at Nizhny Novgorod.Goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann either side of half-time saw Didier Deschamps’ men secure the win on what was a contrasting day for the two goalkeepers. The captain earned all sorts of plaudits for his save on Caceres last_img read more

Brodek Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgAcademically, Brodek holds a 3.63 grade point average and is majoring in environmental science. She is a three-year letterwinner and has been named to the MAAC Women’s Rowing All-Academic Team twice in her career. Brodek, a member of the Drake rowing team, was a member of the Drake varsity 8 + boat that earned two first place finishes and a second place finish this past weekend at the Lubbers Cup in Spring Lake, Mich. She helped Drake defeat Grand Valley State and Marquette in Saturday morning’s race and then helped defeat Purdue and Ohio State in Saturday afternoon’s race. This is the first time the varsity 8 boat has defeated Grand Valley State and Purdue in the same day. The Bulldogs’ 8 boat on Sunday morning took second behind Eastern Michigan and finished in front of Marquette. Brodek and the women’s rowing team travel to Omaha, Neb., to race Creighton on April 22. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Version Gabrielle Brodek, a senior from Hampden, Maine, has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs.last_img read more