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The 2017 KFWH Holiday Newsletter!

Dear Friends and Families of Kids for World Health, We at Kids for World Health Home Base in Larchmont, New York wish all of you a joyful Holiday Season and a peaceful and meaningful New Year! Our focus in 2016-2017 has been on the treatment of Chagas Disease, a potentially fatal parasitic disease carried into mud huts by its vector bug called the Vinchuca.  The Student Policy Board, KFWH Founders, KFWH Student Members, and KFWH Board of Directors Team all thank you with sincere appreciation for your contributions to our 2016-2017 school year’s Immediate Goals that have included the following: To create awareness of neglected diseases that cause unnecessary deaths to people in impoverished communities across our globe. To learn about our primary focus, Chagas Disease, a very prevalent and potentially fatal disease found in Asia, South America, Central America, and currently in small percentages within the United States. To complete three major equal and sustainable Actions with our partners Dr. Patricia Dorn, Dr. Carlotta Monroy and the villagers...

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Alert! Important New Research:

African sleeping sickness: Study suggests new way to help the immune system fight off parasite Some infectious diseases are particularly difficult to treat because of their ability to evade the immune system. One such illness, African sleeping sickness, is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, transmitted by the tsetse fly, and is fatal if left untreated. […] Now, new research from postdoctoral scientists Danae Schulz and Erik Debler, working in the Papavasiliou and Blobel labs at Rockefeller University, reveals a method to manipulate trypanosomes in the mammalian bloodstream to acquire fly stage characteristics, a state that makes it easier for the host immune system to eliminate the invader. Read more at Science...

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NPR: “Kissing Bug Disease: Latin America’s Silent Killer Makes U.S. Headlines”

NPR: “Kissing Bug Disease: Latin America’s Silent Killer Makes U.S. Headlines”

“El Almohadon De Pluma” (The Feather Pillow), written in 1905, is a classic of Latin American literature. Uruguayan author Horacio Quiroga tells the tale of Alicia, a newlywed who begins mysteriously and rapidly losing weight. Soon she’s bedridden with severe anemia. The doctors are perplexed. She dies in no time. As the maid is cleaning out the bedroom, she calls the widower in: The pillow where Alicia used to rest her head has dark blood stains. She tries to lift the pillow up, but it’s too heavy. So they cut it open. “The servant shrieked with terror …” Read the rest of the riveting backstory, plus an update on where Chagas Disease is moving and why, at NPR’s...

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Huffington Post: Deadly ‘Kissing Bug’ Found In Southern States

Huffington Post: Deadly ‘Kissing Bug’ Found In Southern States

“Triatomine bugs, known more commonly as “kissing bugs,” have been found in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bug is native to the southern United States, South America, Central America and Mexico, and can carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes the potentially deadly Chagas disease.” Read more on the Huffington...

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