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2012-07-04 22:53:53

In most comprehensive review of a decade of data researchers confirm indoor insecticide treatments, dramatically reduce malaria; study finds world´s best drug still effective in African malaria 'hot zone' while researchers question for how long A pair of provocative studies in the July 2012 issue of The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH) provides a window into the intense ground war now underway against malaria. In one review, researchers offer new evidence...

2012-06-06 21:41:00

Giving young children medicine once a month during the rainy season to protect them against malaria could prevent tens of thousands of deaths each year in some areas of Africa, according to new research. A team of scientists analyzed the potential impact of a new strategy to control malaria in Africa which takes a similar approach to that used to protect travelers going to malaria endemic areas and found that even with moderate levels of coverage it could lead to significant public health...

2012-05-23 19:14:37

Scientists are reporting development of a new, higher-yield, two-step, less costly process that may ease supply problems and zigzagging prices for the raw material essential for making the mainstay drug for malaria. That disease sickens 300-500 million people annually and kills more than 1 million. The report on the process, which uses readily available substances and could be easily implemented by drug companies, appears in ACS' journal Organic Process Research & Development. David...

2012-05-22 08:55:38

Poor quality antimalarial drugs lead to drug resistance and inadequate treatment that pose an urgent threat to vulnerable populations, according to a National Institutes of Health study published May 22 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Emergence of malaria strains that are resistant to artemisinin drugs on the Thailand-Cambodia border make it imperative to improve the drug supply, stressed the authors. "Poor quality antimalarial drugs are very likely to jeopardize the...

Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading, Say Experts
2012-04-08 06:03:37

Scientists have expressed concerns that resistance to the primary treatment for malaria is increasing, potentially putting thousands of additional people at risk of losing their lives to the disease, according to various media reports. According to Brendan Trembath of ABC News Australia, lead researchers Francois Nosten, a researcher at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit in Thailand, and colleagues reported that they had discovered drug-resistant strains of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite...

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...

2012-02-28 21:51:51

A chemically altered osteoporosis drug may be useful in fighting malaria, researchers report in a new study. Unlike similar compounds tested against other parasitic protozoa, the drug readily crosses into the red blood cells of malaria-infected mice and kills the malaria parasite. The drug works at very low concentrations with no observed toxicity to the mouse. The researchers found the drug by screening a library of about 1,000 compounds used in previous efforts to target an important...

2012-02-22 10:21:54

In this week's PLoS Medicine, Michael Delves of Imperial College London, UK and colleagues compare the activity of 50 current and experimental antimalarials against liver, sexual blood, and mosquito stages of selected human and nonhuman parasite species, including Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium berghei, and Plasmodium yoelii. These results provide a valuable guide to help researchers decide which drugs and compounds show most promise as potential future antimalarial drugs for blocking the...


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