Man is First in His Village to Receive a Refrigerator

Many of us in the first world take appliances for granted. Sure, when there is a power outage you realize how much you rely on them but then the power is restored and we forget how important that appliance is to our lives again. 

There is a story on BBC news about Santosh Chowdhury who lives in the village of Rameshwarpur in India, just outside of Calcutta. Santosh is a tailor and his wife Sushoma tends the home and cooks meals every single day. They are also the first people in their village of 200 to have a refrigerator. According to Santosh, Sushoma was cooking every single day for their family yet had no where to store any left overs. They were spending money at the market everyday and wasting leftover foods so they decided to purchase a refrigerator. 

The couple has dreamed of owning a refrigerator for the last ten years but the cost of one is greater than a month’s pay for Santosh. They family saved as much as they could though and were finally able to purchase their dream appliance. When it was delivered the neighbors in their village stopped by to marvel at it and it’s possibilities. The Chowdhury’s have agreed to help some of their neighbors out and store things for them.

Reader Lee G. Lovett was wondering what the first items they put in the fridge were. The answer? Eggs, milk, a tomato, and an eggplant.

Possible Malaria Cure To Begin Clinical Trials

Malaria has sickened people around the world for generations. The side effects of this disease include: gastroenteritis, flu-like symptoms, jaundice, convulsions, blood in urine, retinal damage, and, at times, death. There has yet to be a cure to malaria, which is caused by mosquito bites. There might finally be a drug compound that could possibly cure malaria. This is good enough news to tea me away from shopping on Qnet.
Research doctors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been working tirelessly to perfect a molecule that will attack red blood cells infected with malaria. Plans are in the works to prepare the (+)-SJ733 compound for clinical trials. Only adult patients with malaria with be included in the first round of testing. Hopeful doctors predict that the (+)-SJ733 compound will slow the spread of malaria through the body.
The end goal is to have a cure that only requires one treatment and is not costly. Africa would benefit the most from a cure to malaria. The most malaria related deaths occur there and the most potential for lives to be saved lie in Africa.

Ebola Reaches India

Ray Lane observes that containment of the Ebola virus is still lacking as new cases have been spotted around the world. This time, the virus has popped upon in India with new victims.

New cases of Ebola have been recently identified in Southern Asia. In New Delhi on November 18th, authorities discovered that a 26-year-old man who landed back home after a trip to Liberia displayed Ebola symptoms. He tested positive. Another case registered in Rajastan is also a suspected case of Ebola.

The infected Indian who returned from the travel reached home on November 10th, after being in a health facility abroad as a suspected Ebola patient. He returned with a certificate issued by the Liberian health officials, which claimed that their former patient was healthy. 

The tests were conducted on body fluids at the National Centre for Disease Control and at the National Institute of Virology, and the decision to keep him in quarantine has been taken. At least three weeks of isolation are planned for him by the Health Ministry. 

The health officials contend that it is risky to let him go, since the virus can continue to be positive in body fluids like urine and semen for a long time. Ignoring the precaution procedures in India can lead to a very fast spread of the disease, especially given that the dense population and sanitary conditions are far from the best.

Delhi Has The Most Polluted Air On Earth Right Now

As stated in AQICN, a new website that aims to monitor the pollution of air all around the world in real-time, Delhi right now has the most polluted air in the whole world.

This is due in large part due to the concentration of people in India. The vast majority of billions live in cramped urban centers, which generate huge quantities of pollution.

According to the site, there is a scale to measure air quality in the world, if the scale was below 50; this indicates that the air in this area or city is considered of little or no risk. If it was 100 this means that air was still good, but has some polluting materials that could be of little effect on a minority of the people.

Until it reaches 150, this indicates that people with allergies and sensitivities might find difficulties adapting to the weather. Between 150-200 means the air in the region is unhealthy.

If it happens to reach 200-300 this means that it is very unhealthy for people, and that is an emergency for normal people may suffer health problems. The highest number on the scale is above 300, which means that everyone healthy and unhealthy would suffer health problems due to the extreme pollution in the area.

The website team of researchers is based in Beijing, China and they are getting support from a lot of different support groups and organizations, including environmental ones. Big thanks to my friend Mark Ahn for sharing this story with me.