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2009-07-08 11:22:25

Current combination malaria therapies recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) provide adequate treatment for mild malaria, according to a Cochrane Systematic Review of the evidence. However, selected trials had high failure rates for some combinations and evidence for the effectiveness of anti-malarial therapies is lacking in some vulnerable groups.Malaria kills more than a million people each year and accounts for more than a third of public health expenditure in some badly...

2009-05-29 14:01:44

Malaria's resistance to treatment in western Cambodia could foretell a global health crisis, a British researcher said. Malaria in western Cambodia is proving resistant to the artemesinin family of drugs, until now the world's most effective drugs for treating the illness, said Nick Day, director of the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. In recent trials, it took up to five days to clear patients' blood of malaria parasites when the drugs previously worked in two or three days,...

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2009-05-29 15:16:08

The first evidence of resistance to the world's most effective drug for treating malaria has been found by international scientists. The scientists said that the trend in western Cambodia has to be urgently contained because full-blown resistance would be a global health catastrophe. Drugs are taking longer than before to clear blood of malaria parasites. This shows early signs of emerging resistance to a disease that kills a million people each year. The most effective drug cleared all...

2009-05-20 10:11:01

Methylene blue can curb the spread of malaria parasites when administered together with new malaria medication / Heidelberg researchers publish in PLoS One New combinations of agents based on the oldest synthetic malaria drug, the methylene blue stain, can curb the spread of malaria parasites and make a significant contribution to the long-term eradication called for by the international "Roll Back Malaria Initiative." In a study on 160 children with malaria in Burkina Faso, specialists in...

2009-05-18 13:01:26

Approximately 350 million to 500 million cases of malaria are diagnosed each year mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. While medications to prevent and treat malaria do exist, the demand for new treatments is on the rise, in part, because malaria parasites have developed a resistance to existing medications. Now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered one way to stop malaria parasite growth, and this new finding could guide the development of new malaria...

2009-04-28 09:50:10

A new study, carried out in primary care units in Zanzibar and published in this week's issue of PLoS Medicine, evaluates the impact of rapid malaria tests on prescribing practice and clinical outcomes. The findings suggest that routine use of such tests may reduce the number of people who are inappropriately given antimalarial drugs. Currently, malaria in sub-Saharan Africa tends to be diagnosed on the basis of symptoms alone (i.e. fever). However, such symptoms are not very accurate and...

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2009-04-24 06:40:00

A surprising 66 percent drop in the death rate as a result of malaria has been witnessed in Zambia since the year 2000, making the country a leader in treatment for Africans, the World Health Organization reported on Thursday.  According to the Associated Press, the UN agency attributes the significant progress in combating the disease to the distribution of 3.6 million long-lasting insecticidal nets in the last several years. "Zambia's efforts will be promoted as models for other...

2009-04-23 14:33:00

WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States, through the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), has helped 15 high burden countries in Africa to dramatically scale up highly effective malaria prevention and treatment interventions, according to the PMI third annual malaria report released today. Working with other development partners, the PMI has helped Rwanda, Zambia, and Zanzibar to achieve major reductions in the number of people infected with malaria. Declines at...

2009-04-08 10:47:17

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Coartem tablets (artemether and lumefantrine) for treatment of acute, uncomplicated malaria infections. The drug, to be administered to adults and children weighing at least approximately 11 pounds, is not approved for the treatment of severe malaria or to prevent the disease. Malaria is a global life-threatening disease, said Dr. Murray Lumpkin, deputy FDA commissioner for International and Special Programs. It is encouraging to have new...

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2009-02-26 07:10:00

A disease once thought to be somewhat under control with the use of prescription drugs is emerging at the Thai-Cambodian border as drug resistant. The World Health Organization said Wednesday the new strain of malaria could "seriously undermine" efforts to bring the disease under control. "Surveillance systems and research studies... are providing new evidence that parasites resistant to artemisinin have emerged along the border between Cambodia and Thailand where workers walk for miles...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.