August 11, 2014
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 8/8/2014
Wading across an Amazonian river, naked save for loin straps and face paint, the tribesmen who recently emerged from isolation in Brazil have stirred up the world’s imagination and concern. It is the most dramatic contact with such a remote group in more than a decade, and the video of their encounter with government officials near the border with Peru went viral after it was released last week.
But after initial amazement, the focus has now turned to the difficult task of keeping the group safe and free from disease, as well as trying to understand why they were driven to cross the threshold into modern society – a step that has often proved fatal in the past.
Largely unheard of until last month and still unidentified, this community of about 50 hunter-gatherers who roam the Upper Envira river region of Acre state has now attracted global attention. The Brazilian government’s indigenous people’s authority, known as Funai, has dispatched a team of ethnologists, linguists and doctors to receive them and prepare for a possible vaccination campaign against the “white-man’s flu” that has wiped out other tribes.
August 11, 2014
Fox News Latino, 8/9/2014
The devastating news didn’t make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy?
Freitaz confesses he knew little about the virus when he was diagnosed in 2004. He didn’t understand the difference between the infection and the disease it caused: AIDS. He was confused by the lack of obvious symptoms.
“It’s like I was living in a different part of the world, and I felt immune.”
August 11, 2014
AP – The Sydney Morning Herald, 8/9/2014
Women seeking education jobs in Brazil’s most populous state should not be required to submit to gynaecological exams or prove their virginity, according to women’s rights advocates.
The education department of Sao Paulo state requires female prospective teachers to undergo a pap smear to prove they are free of a variety of cancers, or to present a doctor’s statement verifying they have not been sexually active.
Until recently, it also required women to have a colposcopy, a type of visual examination used to detect disease.
August 7, 2014
Vincent Bevins – Los Angeles Times, 8/7/2014
A drought in Brazil has led to a water crisis and the country’s largest population center is facing the prospect of rationing.
Brazil’s Public Ministry, a federal regulatory agency, has recommended that Sao Paulo state immediately commence water rationing to avoid a “collapse of reservoirs,” but the state government missed an initial deadline on Wednesday to take action.
Because of scarce rain in 2014, water levels are low, especially at Sao Paulo’s Sistema Cantareira watershed. The Public Ministry says the watershed could soon run dry.
August 6, 2014
Market Watch, 8/6/2014
DS Healthcare Group, Inc. DSKX -3.91% , a leading developer of personal care products and specialty pharmaceuticals, announced today it has signed a distribution agreement with Drogaria Venancio , a leading Rio de Janerio-based pharmacy chain. Drogaria Venancio will sell DS Healthcare’s clinically proven personal care products including its Revita and Spectral hair re-growth and hair care products. DS Laboratories, its flagship line can already be found on retail shelves throughout Rio de Janeiro. Drogaria Venancio operates wholesale distribution centers and premium retail pharmacy locations. Founded in 1979, the pharmacy chain employs 1600 people.
This marks DS Healthcare’s third distribution agreement in Brazil and it’s second in Rio de Janeiro. DS Healthcare’s have already been selling through CSB Drogaria which has two retail pharmacy chains with 85 stores in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in Sao Paulo through the Drogaria Iguatemi pharmacy chain. Retail sales are also growing through DS Healthcare’ Brazilian ecommerce site . According to market research firm Euromonitor, the Brazilian beauty industry generated $42 billion in sales in 2012.
“We are experiencing extremely robust sales growth in Brazil while building strong brand recognition and loyalty for our products. While we are successfully achieving market penetration into two of Brazil’s largest cities, we also intend to expand distribution beyond these metropolitan areas into other regions of the country. In addition, we’ve seen our e-commerce platform that services customers in regions where we have yet to be present, do extremely well, further endorsing our belief that Brazil will be one of our key markets worldwide” stated DS Healthcare President and CEO Daniel Khesin.”
August 6, 2014
Karina Toledo – Agência FAPESP, 7/30/2014
Researchers from the University of São Paulo (USP) have identified an RNA known as INXS that, although containing no instructions for the production of a protein, modulates the action of an important gene in the process of apoptosis, or programmed cell death.
According to Sergio Verjovski-Almeida, professor at the USP Chemistry Institute and coordinator of a research funded by FAPESP, INXS expression is generally diminished in cancer cells, and methods that are capable of stimulating the production of this non-coding RNA can be used to treat tumors.
In experiments on mice, the USP scientists were able to effect a 10-fold reduction in the volume of subcutaneous malignant tumors by administering local injections of a plasmid – a circular DNA molecule – containing INXS. The findings were published in the most recent issue of the journal Nucleic Acids Research.