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Article ID: 706739

Understanding our early human ancestors: Australopithecus sediba

Dartmouth College

The fossil site of Malapa in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, discovered by Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in August 2008, has been one of the most productive sites of the 21st century for fossils of early human ancestors or hominins. A new hominin species, Australopithecus sediba (Au. sediba), was named by Berger and his colleagues, following the discovery of two partial skeletons just under two million years old, a juvenile male individual-- Malapa Hominin 1 (MH1)-- and an adult female, Malapa Hominin 2 (MH2). The skeletons are under the custodianship of the University of the Witwatersrand, where they are being kept.

18-Jan-2019 11:40 AM EST

Article ID: 706738

Body-Painting Protects Against Bloodsucking Insects

Lund University

A study by researchers from Sweden and Hungary shows that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites. It is the first time researchers have successfully shown that body-painting has this effect. Among indigenous peoples who wear body-paint, the markings thus provide a certain protection against insect-borne diseases.

18-Jan-2019 11:10 AM EST

Article ID: 706534

Mosquito Known to Transmit Malaria Has Been Detected in Ethiopia for the First Time

Baylor University

A type of mosquito that transmits malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time, and the discovery has implications for putting more people at risk for malaria in new regions, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher.

16-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST

Article ID: 706225

Elephants take to the road for reliable resources

Ecological Society of America

An elephant never forgets. This seems to be the case, at least, for elephants roaming about Namibia, looking for food, fresh water, and other resources.

9-Jan-2019 1:55 PM EST

Article ID: 705281

Pregnant Women, Young Children Most Likely To Use Bed Nets To Prevent Malaria

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When households in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have an adequate number of insecticide-treated bed nets, pregnant women and children under five are the most likely family members to sleep under the ones they have, leaving men and school-aged children more exposed to malaria, new Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) research suggests.

11-Dec-2018 3:40 PM EST

Article ID: 704623

Population Mapping Helps Measure Access to Surgery in Africa

University of Southampton

Research examining pressure on surgical units in sub-Saharan African countries estimates nearly 300 million people have a need for surgery in the region, placing a heavy burden on hospitals.

29-Nov-2018 11:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 703568

Studies Examine Sexual and Reproductive Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Women in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda are often pressured by family and through societal expectations to have more children, but commonly resort to covert or indirect means of contraception to maintain some reproductive autonomy. This is a central finding from a cross-country study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

7-Nov-2018 3:05 PM EST
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    15-Nov-2018 1:00 AM EST

Article ID: 703569

News Brief: 2018 International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

At the fifth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, Rwanda, taking place Nov. 12 to 15, 2018, there will be four new research findings presented. The 2018 ICFP is co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, which is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Rwanda.

7-Nov-2018 3:05 PM EST

Article ID: 703542

UIC to host event exploring Chicago's native communities

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Great Cities Institute and Native American Support Program will present Natives in Chicago, a discussion on the impact of policies and the work of community organizations to provide services and programs that contribute to the city's thriving native communities.

7-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Article ID: 703540

UIC scholar honored for work serving the 'public good'

University of Illinois at Chicago

Barbara Ransby, a University of Illinois at Chicago historian, writer and activist, is the recipient of the American Studies Association's 2018 Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship, which recognizes scholars who have applied or used their scholarship for the betterment of society.

7-Nov-2018 11:05 AM EST

Arts and Humanities

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