Better Tea Than Pills

Schistosomiasis is a neglected disease in every sense. People are often infected for years before feeling side effects, quietly spreading it via water systems. It doesn’t garner much attention in pharmaceuticals and protocols haven’t evolved beyond praziquantel which, while effective, has uncomfortable side effects.
 
But the disease affects 200 million people a year, mainly those living in under-developed tropical regions. So a study by Université de Kolwesi/Lualaba, Democratic Republic of the Congo researchers that found a tea made from native plant sweet wormwood can kill infections faster and with fewer side effects is hopeful. But experts say elimination requires more—like investing in better water and waste systems.
 
NPR Goats & Soda

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