Initiatives, Grants, Programs and Annual Reports

Listing of current initiatives and projects planned, in development or underway. Inclusive of Annual reports

About the Go Africa Health Mobile solution

More details and information on the Go Africa Health Mobile solution Go Africa Health Mobile Solution will utilize processes and technologies that deliver efficiencies in the following areas: Training and development of indigenous Healthcare resources Processes, Integration & Workflows for the seamless transfer of information to Government entities and related partners. This level of efficiency …

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Music Cuts through the Fog of Alzheimer’s

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Listening to music that evokes happy memories can change the tenor of lives debilitated by dementia. And with no new medical treatments since the approval of memantine in 2004, helping some of the 5-million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease feel better with music therapy sounds good to Joshua Grill, PhD, director …

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Can Knee Cartilage Be Regrown?

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Stanford Magazine   STANFORD WILL SHINE ANOTHER SPOTLIGHT on the curative potential of stem-cell technology this year with an innovative approach to treating damaged cartilage and osteoarthritis. Already enthused by results from the lead-up work, Jason Dragoo, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, is preparing to launch a human trial for …

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Role of Genes in Obesity and Body Fat Distribution

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA Tracy Hampton, PhD Lab Reports | April 7, 2015 By analyzing genetic samples from 224 459 individuals, researchers identified 49 genomic loci associated with waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), 33 of which are novel (Shungin D et al. Nature. 2015;518[7538]:187-196). Of these 49 loci, 19 showed significant sex-specific differences, suggesting that genetic regulation of fat …

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Researchers Look to MRI and Biomarkers to Help Improve Detection of Aggressive Prostate Cancers

follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA A patient’s wife once told urology surgeon Peter Pinto, MD, that there was no way she’d agree to have a dozen biopsy needles stuck blindly into her breast just because a blood test suggested she might have cancer. But that’s exactly what happens with many men whose cancer screening …

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Want rice with HALF the calories? Cook it with coconut oil and refrigerate it overnight before eating

follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Scientists say cooking the rice this way can cut the calories by up to 60% The method increases the amount of resistant starch (RS) in the rice RS is indigestible to the human body and so is not turned into sugar or fat However, doctors have warned reheating rice can …

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Toward Primary Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA April 21, 2015, Vol 313, No. 15 > The incidence of type 1 diabetes has been progressively increasing during the past several decades, particularly among children younger than 5 years.1 At the same time, there has been substantial progress in understanding the pathogenesis of the disease and identifying those …

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Unraveling the Influence of Gut Microbes on the Mind

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA May 5, 2015, Vol 313, No. 17  Within the last decade, the phrase “gut feelings” has taken on a whole new meaning. Traditionally, scientists have focused on the role of the central nervous system in regulating our moods and behaviors, but a paradigm shift is afoot, with new research …

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Food Antioxidants to Prevent Cataract

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA JAMA Ophthalmology Total Antioxidant Capacity of the Diet and Risk of Age-Related Cataract: A Population-Based Prospective Cohort of Women Susanne Rautiainen, PhD; Birgitta Ejdervik Lindblad, MD, PhD; Ralf Morgenstern, PhD; Alicja Wolk, DMSc Importance To our knowledge, no previous epidemiologic study has investigated the association between all antioxidants in …

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Meditation Promotes Better Sleep in Older Adults

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA Mindfulness meditation improved sleep quality for older adults with moderate sleep disturbance compared with a structured program focused on changing poor sleep habits and establishing a bedtime routine (Black DS et al. JAMA Intern Med. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.8081 [published online February 16, 2015]).