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A new drug that could treat three deadly parasitic infections
Animal tests of an experimental new drug, codenamed GNF6702, found it was able to treat sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis. These three diseases, each caused by similar parasites, infect 20 million people and kill 50,000 each year and current treatments are expensive and often impractical for those living in poor areas.
China announces plans to tackle water pollution
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has outlined plans to spend $65 billion to help curb water pollution, and to reduce pollution caused by the mining industry. The spending will increase the quality of China’s water supplies, and aims to undo damage caused to rivers by unregulated chemical runoffs and untreated wastewater.
Scientists invent a dissolvable battery
Scientists have come up with a dissolvable battery that could be used to reduce waste from discarded electronics. The battery, which can power a desktop calculator for 15 minutes, dissolves when it comes into contact with water.
A possible new treatment for kidney stones
Researchers have identified a natural fruit extract, hydroxycitrate, which appears capable of dissolving calcium oxalate crystals, the most common component of human kidney stones. This compound could be key in preventing growth of kidney stones, which affect 12% of men and 7% of women.