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In her first running of the Boston Marathon, Edna Kiplagat powered across the finish line of the 2017 Boston Marathon nearly a minute ahead of her closest rival.

37-year-old Kiplagat took in her two neices after the tragic death of her sister, Alice. 

While also aising her own two biological children, the star athletadopted another child whose parents passed away.

Balancing being a mother of five and a world-class athlete, Kiplagat bought a Kenyan farm with her husband/coach Gilbert Koech.

"It's about organizing yourself and making sure that everything is done at the right time," she says. npr.org
The unpredictable annual flow of the Nile River is legendary, as evidenced by the story of Joseph and the Pharaoh, whose dream foretold seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine in a land whose agriculture was, and still is, utterly dependent on that flow. Now, researchers at MIT have found that climate change may drastically increase the variability in Nile’s annual output.

Being able to predict the amount of flow variability, and even to forecast likely years of reduced flow, will become ever more important as the population of the Nile River basin, primarily in Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, is expected to double by 2050, reaching nearly 1 billion. The new study, based on a variety of global climate models and records of rainfall and flow rates over the last half-century, projects an increase of 50 percent in the amount of flow variation from year to year.

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, was carried out by professor of civil and environmental engineering Elfatih Eltahir and postdoc Mohamed Siam. They found that as a result of a warming climate, there will be an increase in the intensity and duration of the Pacific Ocean phenomenon known as the El Niño/La Niña cycle, which they had previously shown is strongly connected to annual rainfall variations in the Ethiopian highlands and adjacent eastern Nile basins. These regions are the primary sources of the Nile’s waters, accounting for some 80 percent of the river’s total flow. mit.edu
When the standard malaria medications failed to help 18 critically ill patients, the attending physician in a Congo clinic acted under the “compassionate use” doctrine and prescribed a not-yet-approved malaria therapy made only from the dried leaves of the Artemisia annua plant. In just five days, all 18 people fully recovered. 

Details of the cases are documented in the paper “Artemisia annua dried leaf tablets treated malaria resistant to ACT and i.v. artesunate: case reports” by an international team lead by Pamela Weathers, PhD, professor of biology and biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), who has pioneered the use of dried leaves of Artemisia annua (DLA) as a malaria therapy.

“To our knowledge, this is the first report of dried-leaf Artemisia annua controlling ACT-resistant malaria in humans,” the authors of the Phytomedicine paper note, adding that more comprehensive clinical trials on patients with drug-resistant malaria are warranted.

“Successful treatment of all 18 ACT-resistant cases suggests that DLA should be rapidly incorporated into the antimalarial regimen for Africa,” they added, “and possibly wherever else ACT resistance has emerged.” wpi.edu
The Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Gehry-designed gallery in Paris, which must be visited to be believed. And, as of this week, even more of an incentive – the opening of a new exhibition, Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, which, as the title (with the help of Google Translate) suggests, is a new studio show dedicated to African Art.

The works on show will be assembled from every corner of the African continent, and, considering the size of said continent, the show is, understandably, split into three sections.

The first, titled “The Insiders”, offers a selection of works from renowned collector Jean Pigozzi’s personal treasure trove of contemporary African work. The second, “Being There”, will focus specifically on work from South Africa, one of the most dynamic centres of African art today.

Bringing the two together are works from Fondation Louis Vuitton, which look beyond Africa to include artists working outside their home countries. Call it all bases covered. Now, who’s going to pay for my Eurostar? 10magazine.com
The world's first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi - starting in 2018.

The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the jab had the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.

But it is not yet clear if it will be feasible to use in the poorest parts of the world.

The vaccine needs to be given four times - once a month for three months and then a fourth dose 18 months later.

This has been achieved in tightly controlled and well-funded clinical trials, but it is not yet clear if it can be done in the "real-world" where access to health care is limited.

It is why the WHO is running pilots in three countries to see if a full malaria vaccine programme could be started. It will also continue to assess the safety and effectiveness of the vaccination. bbc.com
An unexpected surge in voters in the primaries for Kenya's ruling party overwhelmed authorities and led them to partially cancel the vote, the President announced on Saturday. President Uhuru Kenyatta said large voter turnout sparked chaos and confusion during voting on Friday, leading to a shortage in voter materials.

His Jubilee Party took the "unprecedented and difficult decision to cancel the entire nominations exercise, because doing anything to the contrary may have resulted in a subversion of the democratic will of the people," the president said.

Protesters blocked streets and alleged rigging in the election. They voiced fear. Police used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse crowds at some places on Friday, newspaper "Daily Nation" reported.

Primaries in all 21 counties scheduled on Friday were cancelled - and it was unclear whether voting would proceed in the remaining 26 counties scheduled for next week. The country's general elections are scheduled for August 8.Kenyatta said the cancelled primaries would be rescheduled shortly. dw.com
An unexpected surge in voters in the primaries for Kenya's ruling party overwhelmed authorities and led them to partially cancel the vote, the President announced on Saturday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said large voter turnout sparked chaos and confusion during voting on Friday, leading to a shortage in voter materials. "Primaries usually do not experience the kind of turnout we saw yesterday," Kenyatta said at a press conference.

His Jubilee Party took the "unprecedented and difficult decision to cancel the entire nominations exercise, because doing anything to the contrary may have resulted in a subversion of the democratic will of the people," the president said. dw.com