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Talk of the Unknown- Chagas Disease: The Silent Killer

Chagas disease(CD) is a parasitic disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi mainly transmitted by vectors like triatomines (ex. kissing bugs) ^13.  This disease is endemic to Latin America, affecting 8-10 million people with an average of 41,200 new cases every year^7. However, the disease now has spread worldwide, affecting 300000-400000 people annually in non-endemic countries^5. This is because, many people from endemic regions migrate to non-endemic countries and some of them unknowingly have CD. To add to this, there are over 150 possible vectors all over the world and this disease has no functional vaccine. ^13. Therefore, a minor population carrying CD could easily spread the disease to a completely new population.  Read More

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A Look Into The Drought-Stricken Present: The Forgotten World of Millets

Millets

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Introduction:

Millets comprise a family of warm-weather, annual cereals that have been grown for centuries worldwide, owing to their minimal soil requirements and high nutritious value. They are grainy and small in appearance; a trademark of many cereals showing little or no dependency on weather.  This, combined with a relatively short growing season makes them an ideal drought crop. The pearl millet, commonly known as Bajra in many parts of India has been a staple dish for centuries whereas the finger millet, a sub family of millets called Ragi is extremely popular in South India. Read More