Latest Artemisinin Stories

2009-02-14 14:25:00

Advances in biotechnology are laying the groundwork for a huge boom as it becomes more largely applied in fields of healthcare and alternative fuel production, according to scientists at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago. "What you have seen over the last 35 years of biotech are tremendous applications, immediate applications of biotech starting with recombinant therapeutics all the way through," Drew Endy, assistant professor of...

2009-01-27 15:11:30

The afflictions of impoverished Cambodia can be seen in the nation's western corner:  girls for hire standing outside restaurants, uneven dirt roads dotted with signs that warn "Danger Mines!" But a potentially greater danger lurks there, particularly for the outside world. The parasite that causes the most lethal form of malaria is showing initial signs of resistance to the best new drug that treats the disease, the New York Times reports. Combination treatments using the antimalaria...

2009-01-16 07:00:00

ROME, January 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The results of two new large scale trials show that the combination of dihydroartemisinin and piperaquine (DHA+PQP) not only is effective against uncomplicated malaria in a way which is comparable to other artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), but it also protects patients against new infections for at least two months after treatment. The DHA/PQP combination is very well tolerated with no significant side effects. These notable results were...

2008-12-02 01:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Population Services International (PSI) is launching a new comprehensive project that could dramatically reduce the number of African children dying every year from malaria. The program will provide free artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) given by local community health workers to poor children suspected of having malaria. This quick-response approach to treatment will be monitored to determine if it reduces the number of African...

2008-12-03 15:35:00

An anti-cancer compound found in broccoli and cabbage works by lowering the activity of an enzyme associated with rapidly advancing breast cancer, according to a University of California, Berkeley, study appearing this week in the online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The compound, indole-3-carbinol, is already undergoing clinical trials in humans because it was found to stop the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells in mice.The new findings...

2008-11-07 15:02:17

Representatives from more than 70 countries met in China on Friday for a two-day World Health Organization (WHO) event to exchange ideas on increasing the availability of traditional medicine. The event, which is structured around seminars on regulatory standards and folk medicine in various cultures from Japan to South Africa, is expected to conclude with member countries consenting to expand traditional medicine within their health care systems.  Traditional medicine, which can range...

2008-10-15 10:20:00

Researchers at the University of Washington have updated a traditional Chinese medicine to create a compound that is more than 1,200 times more specific in killing certain kinds of cancer cells than currently available drugs, heralding the possibility of a more effective chemotherapy drug with minimal side effects. The new compound puts a novel twist on the common anti-malarial drug artemisinin, which is derived from the sweet wormwood plant (Artemisia annua L). Sweet wormwood has been used...

2008-10-13 12:00:36

Amyris-Crystalsev Biocombustiveis (Amyris-Crystalsev Biofuels) announced today that former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Roberto Rodrigues, has become the founding member of its strategic advisory board. Amyris-Crystalsev Biofuels is a Brazilian venture formed by Amyris, a U.S.-based next generation renewable fuels company, and Crystalsev, one of Brazil's largest ethanol distributors and marketers. Rodrigues, a recognized leader in agricultural business and production, will advise the...

2008-09-19 15:00:08

Text of report by Nairobi-based online news service of UN regional information network IRIN on 19 September Kampala, 19 September 2008: The Ugandan government is to subsidize the most effective form of malaria treatment sold in the private sector. Although such treatment, Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT), is available free in public clinics, for most Ugandans, the first port of call in times of sickness is the local pharmacy. With the help of donors, the drugs will be available...

2008-08-25 09:01:58

Genzyme Corp. (Nasdaq: GENZ), a global leader in biotechnology, and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a not-for-profit virtual research and development (R&D) organization dedicated to reducing the burden of malaria, announced today a new collaboration with India's Advinus Therapeutics Ltd. The collaboration seeks to develop new, improved treatments for specific patient groups most at risk for malaria, an often fatal infectious disease of developing countries, particularly affecting...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'