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2012-05-03 15:57:25

Gaming system a new step for telepathology and other telemedicine fields Online crowd-sourcing – in which a task is presented to the public, who respond, for free, with various solutions and suggestions – has been used to evaluate potential consumer products, develop software algorithms and solve vexing research-and-development challenges. But diagnosing infectious diseases? Working on the assumption that large groups of public non-experts can be trained to recognize...

Scientists Find 5,300-Year-Old Blood In Oetzi The Iceman
2012-05-02 10:43:02

Image Credit: © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology Research of wounds on a 5,300-year-old body found frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991 has produced the oldest red blood cells ever identified, and suggests the well preserved “Iceman” did not immediately die from his injuries, nor did he live for a few days, scientists report in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The bloody discovery is a first for the “Iceman,” called Oetzi, which has been...

2012-04-26 06:25:50

BETHESDA, Md., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, today announced his alliance with PVH Neck Wear to benefit Malaria No More and end malaria deaths in Africa. Johnson has championed numerous causes in the U.S. and abroad, particularly throughout Western Africa and in an effort to highlight the importance of and build awareness of World Malaria Month, he has designated the profits of his latest business endeavor, RLJ...

2012-04-11 22:20:45

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As a leader in the development of sustainable, African-led health systems, Accordia Global Health Foundation launched a campaign in preparation for World Malaria Day on April 25 to highlight Africa's malaria burden as well as emerging locally-proven solutions, like those proposed by Dr. Kamija Phiri of Malawi--Accordia's 2012 Merle Sande Award recipient. Despite the many control measures over the decades, malaria continues to be the leading cause of...

2012-04-05 21:19:01

Genetics study identifies key genome region underlying artemisinin resistance in malaria parasite Evidence that the most deadly species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is becoming resistant to the front line treatment for malaria on the border of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) is reported in The Lancet today. This increases concern that resistance could now spread to India and then Africa as resistance to other antimalarial drugs has done before. Eliminating malaria might then...

2012-04-05 21:17:39

Emergence of resistance to the drug artemisinin in western Thailand has created a critical point in global efforts to control and eliminate malaria worldwide, according to a new study published in the Lancet, a British Medical Journal, by researchers at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and their collaborators in Thailand. A second study, published concurrently in the journal Science by the same research groups, identifies a major region of the malaria parasite genome associated with...

2012-04-03 09:48:11

Scientists from the University of Liverpool are working with computer modeling specialists in India to predict areas of the country that are at most risk of malaria outbreaks, following changes in monsoon rainfall. The number of heavy rainfall events in India has increased over the past 50 years, but research has tended to focus on the impact this has on agriculture rather than the vector-borne diseases, such as malaria and Japanese Encephalitis. The University's School of Environmental...

2012-04-02 20:51:06

Malaria infections among infants can be cut by up to 30 per cent when antimalarial drugs are given intermittently over a 12 month period, a three-year clinical trial in Papua New Guinea has shown. The trial showed the drug regime was effective against both Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax malaria, the first time antimalarial drugs have been shown to prevent infections by both species of malaria. The treatment regime, called intermittent preventive treatment (IPT), protected the...

2012-03-28 12:15:08

Research: Risk factors for mortality from imported falciparum malaria in the UK over 20 years: An observational study Tourists who have visited a malaria-infected country and are over the age of 65 are almost 10 times more likely to die from the disease than those who are aged 18-35, reveals a study published on bmj.com today. The death rate among tourists is particularly high when returning from a 'winter sun' holiday in the Gambia, West Africa. Authors from the London School of...