According to the British The Telegraph, January 17, in September 2012 in the UK will be available in "smart" pill that will guide patients on how best to carry out a prescription, and to take their medication. It is a microchip that transmits information to a receiver embedded in plaster, are fixed on the shoulder or hand of the patient.
WHO data show that half of patients do not take medication properly, putting their health at risk. Unused drugs annually "eat" in the National Health Service of Great Britain 400 million pounds.
As the developers say, microchip monitors the time the medication, dosage, and at the same time monitors heart rate and body temperature of the patient.
In addition, the "smart pill" will tell the patient the next time to take medication, and whether it is enough sleep and exercise.
Are smaller than a grain of sand, the red tabletochku (Photos of this tablet is there, but there is another — approx. Gifakt) can communicate with a smartphone or computer relatives of the patient, his doctor or nurse.
BBC reports that, according to American scientists, the cold Pacific during the "La Niña" may affect the spread of pandemics. They came to the conclusion that the last four influenza followed the arrival of the cold current "La Niña" in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
In an article published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the scientists write that the birds that carry viruses, change their migration paths, depending on the conditions determined by this current.
However, they point out that the phenomenon is not always caused by this anomaly or oscillation in the Pacific, followed by epidemics of influenza.
"La Niña" and "El Nino" — two opposing natural phenomena (oscillations) in the equatorial Pacific.
"El Nino" is characterized by unusually warm ocean currents (about 0.5 degrees above the average in the water) in the north-west coast of South America, which, according to scientists, the most significant effect on the annual changes in the Earth's climate.
"La Niña" — is the reverse phenomenon, in which the temperature at the surface of the water in the Pacific Ocean at least 0.5 degrees below average.
Four recent influenza pandemic — a Spaniard, in 1918, the Asian flu in 1957 and Hong Kong flu in 1958 and the swine flu in 2009, followed by the emergence of oscillations "La Niña."
In another BBC report says that fake malaria drugs threaten the poor quality of the lives of millions of people, and may hinder efforts to control the spread of the disease in Africa (That is, stop the spread of the disease is not necessary, it is necessary to control its spread — that's how interesting. — Approx. Gifakt).
Counterfeit drugs can cause irreparable harm to health, and to increase the resistance of malaria parasites to drugs, the study's authors warn, the UK charity fund Welcome Trust.
It is believed that in the world of malaria kills about 800,000 people a year.
A found counterfeit malaria pills were manufactured in China.
Results of research by scientists at Oxford University have been published in medical journals Malaria Journal.
Scientists analyzed the fake anti-malarial drugs seized in 11 African countries from 2002 to 2010.
They found that some of the counterfeit drugs contained incorrect pharmaceutical ingredients that soften the symptoms of the disease, but not cure it.
Some of these ingredients can have serious side effects, the study found. Especially in combination with other drugs that the patient can use, for example, for the treatment of HIV.
Malaria parasites may eventually develop a resistance to a certain type of medication.
So last happened with chloroquine and mefloquine.
The researchers warn that the fake drugs could lead to the same situation with artemisinin, which is currently the most effective tool against malaria.
According to researchers artemisinin used in small quantities in the manufacture of counterfeit medicines, with a view to passing their certification.
However, its content is not enough to heal the body of malaria parasites. On the contrary, it helps the parasites develop resistance to the drug.