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The Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is a large scale dental clinic that runs a yearly event which gives free oral healthcare to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care.  In 2013 MOMOM donated over $960,000 in free care!  They had 1,777 patients come in that weekend, and had over 1,000 volunteers help.  This year the event will be held on the campus of St Louis University May2-3rd.  To find out more information, go tohttp://www.modental.org/.

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

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New research published on nature.com shows promising evidence for a future vaccine for HIV.  In the study, monkeys were given a vaccine developed from the cytomegalovirus (CMV).  Later, they were infected with the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) which is a more deadly form of HIV found in monkeys.  The vaccine completely cleared the virus from over half of the monkeys.

Prof Louis Picker, from the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, stated: "It's always tough to claim eradication - there could always be a cell which we didn't analyse that has the virus in it. But for the most part, with very stringent criteria... there was no virus left in the body of these monkeys."

Researchers are now discussing the possibilities of human testing.

 

And that's what's good,

Jon

 

References:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12519.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24051860

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Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso, and Gerard Niyondiko from Burundi, have invented a soap that repels mosquitos!  Their invention, titled "Fasoaop" is made from shea butter, lemongrass oil, and other secret ingredients.

"After using the soap, it leaves on the skin a scent that repels mosquitoes," said Niyondiko. "In addition, waste water products contain substances that prevent the development of mosquito larvae, because the sanitation problem in Africa is one of the causes of mosquito vectors of malaria."

Malaria is an essential issue to tackle.  In 2010, there were 660,000 malaria deaths, 90% of which occurred in Africa.  Most of the affected individuals cannot afford medicines and anti-mosquito creams.

"So we thought of a repellent and larvicidal mosquito soap which will be accessible and affordable to the majority of the population, seeing that soap is a commodity product and especially not going to add other additional costs to the population," says Niyondiko.

Their invention earned them the $25,000 grand prize in the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC).  This competition, created by Berkeley MBA students, is designed to help entrepreneurs from around the world create ideas with a positive impact.  Niyondiko and Dembele came ahead of 650 other competitors from over 40 countries.  This is the first time that an African has win the competition.

"It is a feeling of joy and pride for us and for Africa in general," said Niyondiko. "It also shows that in Africa we are not back(ward) and that Africa's problems can be solved by Africans themselves."

And that's what's good,

Jon

References: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/10/world/africa/students-invent-soap-malaria-fasoap/index.html?sr=fb071013soaphelpmalaria6p

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