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2009-07-30 11:10:00

A new study suggests that scientists may finally be on the right track to developing an effective vaccine against malaria, one of mankind's top killers, The Associated Press reported. European researchers called it only a small proof-of-principle test that isn't practical on a large scale, but in a daring new experiment, the researchers actually used mosquitoes to deliver a "vaccine" of live malaria parasites to people through their bites. The results showed that everyone in the vaccine...

2009-07-30 09:16:36

Malaria parasites in western Cambodia have become resistant to artemisinin-based therapies, the first-line treatment for malaria, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine today. Resistance to the drugs makes them less effective and could eventually render them obsolete, putting millions of lives at risk.Signs of artemisinin resistance have been reported in the region already, but this new research is the first detailed study of the problem. The study was funded by...

2009-07-21 13:43:00

A new subsidy designed to increase access to life-saving antiretrovirals must remain focused on quality patient care if it is to succeed, argues Tido von Schoen-Angerer and colleagues in this week's open access journal PLoS Medicine. The subsidy, called the Affordable Medicines Facility"“malaria (AMFm), will be rolled out in 2009 and is designed to address concerns of poor access to artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) for malaria, and fears about growing resistance to the drugs....

2009-07-14 08:44:01

Eliminating polio everywhere will require global cooperation on several fronts, including lowering the cost for poor countries to vaccinate with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), says a leading global health researcher in the July/August Health Affairs thematic issue on global health.Eradicating the wild polioviruses was supposed to have been achieved by 2000, but the effort to fight the disease is still ongoing. Polio cases reached an all-time high this century --1,997 cases -- in 2006. In...

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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