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2012-07-25 12:23:39

Research: Overdiagnosis and mistreatment of malaria among febrile patients at primary healthcare level in Afghanistan: observational study Substantial overdiagnosis and mistreatment of malaria is evident in south and central Asia, warns a study published on bmj.com today. With more than two billion people at risk of malaria in this part of Asia — larger than that of Africa - this is a major public health problem which needs to be confronted, say the authors. Malaria remains one...

2012-07-18 12:39:38

Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are the first to document the characteristics of invading parasites, using malaria in New Zealand bird species. The study, published today in Ecology Letters, identifies the factors influencing the success of parasites unintentionally introduced to new environments. Avian malaria is a disease caused by species of parasites, of the genus Plasmodium, which infects birds. Just like human malaria, it is spread by mosquitoes, and the...

Can Genetics Prevent The Transmission Of Malaria?
2012-07-17 07:52:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Malaria kills more than 800,000 people worldwide every year and many of those victims are children. Researchers are now reporting that they have genetically modified a bacterium commonly found in the mosquitos mid gut and found that the parasite that causes malaria in people does not survive in mosquitoes carrying the modified bacterium. The researchers, from the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, modified the bacterium...

2012-07-11 10:23:15

BETHESDA, Md., July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today refuted media headlines implying a deadly link between cat ownership and toxoplasmosis. The organization cited statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which show that cats are rarely the source of toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, and that people are unlikely...

Common Parasite Of Cat Litter May Increase Suicide Risk In Women
2012-07-03 09:11:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What do unwashed vegetables, undercooked meat, and dirty kitty litter all have in common? For one, they are all known to likely harbor a nasty parasite, which in a recent study has been linked as a killer among women who come into contact with the common critter. To be more specific, the parasite -- Toxoplasma gondii -- has been linked with an increased risk of mental health problems and attempted suicide in women who become...

2012-06-26 18:20:19

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27: MOSQUITO CONTROL Profile America -- Wednesday, June 27th(. )It's summer, and one of the perennial pests of the season is mosquitos. While most people think of them as inconvenient, there is a deadly side to these flying insects, in the form of West Nile virus and...

2012-06-13 14:23:28

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sanaria Inc., a privately held company in Rockville, Maryland, and the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) of the University of Maryland College Park announce the receipt of a multi-year Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant, worth nearly $3 million over a 3 year...

Mosquitoes Incapable Of Transmitting Malaria Created
2012-06-12 13:10:31

Advance provides genetic options for controlling spread of deadly disease Mosquitoes bred to be unable to infect people with the malaria parasite are an attractive approach to helping curb one of the world´s most pressing public health issues, according to UC Irvine scientists. Anthony James and colleagues from UCI and the Pasteur Institute in Paris have produced a model of the Anopheles stephensi mosquito – a major source of malaria in India and the Middle East – that...

Butterflies And Bats Aid In Research About Infectious Diseases
2012-06-11 12:08:09

[ Watch the Video ] Human activity, habitat disruption may affect migration patterns and spread of infectious diseases There's a most unusual gym in ecologist Sonia Altizer's lab at the University of Georgia in Athens. The athletes are monarch butterflies, and their workouts are carefully monitored to determine how parasites impact their flight performance. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Altizer and her team study how animal behavior, including long distance...

2012-06-08 10:21:23

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have, for the first time, determined the function of a series proteins within the mosquito that transduce a signal that enables the mosquito to fight off infection from the parasite that causes malaria in humans. Together, these proteins are known as immune deficiency (Imd) pathway signal transducing factors, are analogous to an electrical circuit. As each factor is switched on or off it triggers or inhibits the next, finally leading...