Latest Artemisinin Stories

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...

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...

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...

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