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2011-10-18 12:00:00

LONDON, BRUSSELS, SEATTLE and NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- First results from a large-scale Phase III trial of RTS,S, published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), show the malaria vaccine candidate to provide young African children with significant protection against clinical and severe malaria with an acceptable safety and tolerability profile. The results were announced today at the Malaria Forum hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in...

2011-10-14 09:51:11

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), among others, have taken the first step in developing a new type of vaccine to protect chickens against coccidiosis, the most important parasite of poultry globally. A vaccine of this type -- based on proteins from the coccidiosis bug rather than being derived from a live parasite -- could be produced on a larger scale than is currently possible so could be used to provide much more widespread...

2011-10-06 09:09:04

North American babies who acquire toxoplasmosis infections in the womb show much higher rates of brain and eye damage than European infants with the same infection, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Eighty-four percent of the North American infants studied had serious complications of the parasitic infection, including calcium deposits in the brain, water on the brain and eye disease that caused visual impairment or blindness. By contrast, few...

Tick Responsible for Equine Piroplasmosis Outbreak Identified
2011-10-03 11:34:18

The cayenne tick has been identified as one of the vectors of equine piroplasmosis in horses in a 2009 Texas outbreak, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. The United States has been considered free from the disease since 1978, but sporadic cases have occurred in recent years. In October 2009, in Kleberg County, Texas, a mare was presented for veterinary care with clinical signs of infection, including poor appetite and weight loss. Subsequent investigation and...

2011-09-27 15:02:32

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Monash University, and Virginia Tech have used a set of novel inhibitors to analyze how the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, uses enzymes to chew up human hemoglobin from host red blood cells as a food source. They have validated that two of these parasite enzymes called peptidases are potential anti-malarial drug targets. The research appeared in the Aug. 15 early online issue of the Proceedings of the...

2011-09-23 07:58:00

KOLDING, Demark, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bestnet A/S today announced the international launch of their new "Show You Care" campaign. The new and innovative Netprotect® long-lasting insecticide incorporated mosquito nets (LLINs) being introduced are the only WHOPES recommended LLINs for malaria control that can be custom printed with a logo or message at an affordable price. Netprotect® Customized Logo Nets are intended for purchase by aid...

2011-09-21 19:08:10

Toxoplasma gondii parasites can invade your bloodstream, break into your brain and prompt behavioral changes from recklessness to neuroticism. These highly contagious protozoa infect more than half the world's population, and most people's immune systems never purge the intruders. Cornell researchers recently discovered how T. gondii evades our defenses by hacking immune cells, making it the first known parasite to control its host's immune system. Immunologists from the College of...

2011-09-19 11:04:00

ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action Tracks Malaria Data, Spurs Action and Drives Progress toward Goal of Ending Malaria Deaths by 2015 NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- African Heads of State and Government and international partners convened at the United Nations General Assembly meetings today to launch a new, innovative tool to track progress in the fight against malaria: the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action. Created at the request of members...

2011-09-14 16:00:00

Blood-Stage Vaccine Would Prevent Illness and Transmission of Deadly Disease BALTIMORE, Sept, 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists have identified the first effective blood-stage malaria vaccine, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study from University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers, in collaboration with the University of Bamako in Mali, West Africa, and other partners. Development of a blood-stage vaccine has been a major goal of malaria prevention...

2011-09-09 14:14:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Before joining this season's cast of Dancing with The Stars, actor David Arquette took his first trip to Africa with nonprofit organization Malaria No More. While there, David distributed mosquito nets to families in need, talked with parents who are working to protect their children from malaria and met with village chiefs to learn how their communities are fighting the deadly disease. Inspired by his trip and work to raise awareness and...