Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Basis. All rights reserved.. African leaders, Chirac unite to combat fake drug manufacturing, distribution Leaders from Benin, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Congo-Republic, On Monday joined former French President Jacques Chirac in Cotonou Niger and Senegal, Benin, in a campaign against the sale and production of fake pharmaceutical items, Reuters reports . ‘While counterfeit medications are a relatively small problem in the U.S. And Europe – found primarily as ‘lifestyle medications’ purchased over the internet – some studies have suggested that most malaria drugs and other essential treatments for serious illnesses in parts of Africa and Asia are false and killing sufferers,’ the Financial Times writes.Stuart Turvey, professor of pediatric immunology at the University of British Columbia, stated at the news headlines conference that it is ‘not surprising how important early lifestyle is.’ In the first 100 days of life, gut makeup influences the immune response that protects or causes kids from asthma, he said. Testing for these bacteria in infants may help identify children who have a high risk of developing asthma, Turvey said. ‘These kids could be followed and treated quicker if they end up with asthma,’ he said.