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Could Smelly Feet Be a Weapon Against Malaria?
Mosquito netting and bug spray are common weapons in Africa's
fight against deadly malaria, but researchers now have identified
another contender: smelly feet.
In a new project funded by the Gates Foundation, scientists will
use foot odor to lure disease-carrying mosquitoes to a trap where
they will be poisoned, the
Associated Press reported Thursday. If successful, the
project could lead to development of mosquito traps for widespread
use outside the home, the news agency said.
Dr. Fredros Okumu, director of the research project at
Tanzania's Ifakara Health Institute, said he combines eight
chemicals to replicate the musky scent of human feet. He told the
news agency his customized scent attracts four times as many
mosquitoes as a human and that the poison eradicates nearly all of
the flying insects.
It was actually a Dutch scientist who discovered the mosquitoes'
fondness for feet, he said. Supposedly, the Dutchman undressed in
an unlit room and then observed where he was bitten.
Each year, more than 220 million new cases of malaria occur
worldwide and almost 800,000 deaths, the
Restaurant Chains Making Kids' Meals Healthier
Starting Wednesday, healthier kids meals are coming out of the
kitchens at 19 major U.S. restaurant chains participating in a new
program called Kids Live Well.
The chains -- Cracker Barrell, Burger King and Denny's, among
them -- have agreed to feature lower-fat, lower-sodium meals
containing 600 or fewer calories including an entree, side dish and
drink. In addition, only 35 percent of the calories can come from
These new children's menu choices will be designated by a red
USA Today reported.
Program sponsors are the National Restaurant Association and
"Kids can eat French fries, hamburgers and fried foods some of the time when they are eating out, but not all the time," Anita Jones-Mueller, founder of Healthy Dining, told USA Today.
Prognosis Good for Man With First Double Leg Transplant
A surgeon who oversaw the world's first double leg transplant
this week in Valencia, Spain, said if all goes well, the patient
might be able to walk with crutches in as little as six months.
Recovery for the patient, who is in his 20s, will require
extensive physical rehabilitation, said Dr. Pedro Cavadas, "If
everything goes as we hope it does, it would be realistic to think
that in six or seven months he could be walking" with crutches,
Cavadas said at a news conference, the
Associated Press reported.
The next few days will be critical in establishing strong blood
flow in the new legs, experts said. "If the blood supply stops, the
limbs are gone," Dr. Nadey Hakim, surgical director of the West
London Transplant Unit at Hammersmith Hospital in England, told the
AP. Hakim was not involved in the 10-hour operation that began Sunday night.
According to Cavadas, the patient lost his legs well above the
knees in an accident. He provided no details about the donor.
Previously, arms, hands and even faces have been
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