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2013-12-23 11:07:23

Scientists have taken an important step towards new malaria treatments by identifying a way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying. In a study published in Nature Chemistry, they show that blocking the activity of an enzyme called NMT in the most common malaria parasite prevents mice from showing symptoms and extends their lifespan. The team are working to design molecules that target NMT more potently, and hope to start clinical trials of potential treatments within four years. A...

Potential Malaria Vaccine Blocks Parasite
2013-12-17 09:59:38

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online There is new hope for the billions of people exposed to malaria each year. Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have discovered a way to block the malaria parasite from invading the blood cells. Using this new research, scientists from NTU are seeking to team up with the vaccine development industry to produce a malaria vaccine. If the process is accelerated by these companies, lead scientist...

2013-12-04 10:38:28

An analysis of patients from across the malaria endemic world suggests that a key antimalarial treatment could be improved by better dosing in young children Antimalarial drug resistance has hampered malaria control programs for almost 60 years. A key factor in combatting this threat is to ensure that all antimalarial drugs are deployed in a way that ensures that the maximum number of patients are completely cured. A study published this week in PLOS Medicine explores this issue by...

Possible New Weapon Identified To Attack Parasites That CAuse Malaria
2013-11-27 17:08:48

University of California - San Diego Using advanced methodologies that pit drug compounds against specific types of malaria parasite cells, an international team of scientists, including researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, have identified a potential new weapon and approach for attacking the parasites that cause malaria. Their findings are published in the November 27, 2013 advanced...

2013-11-14 12:45:34

Partners agree on approach for developing vaccines capable of reducing malaria cases by 75 percent, and to enable malaria elimination The world should aim to have vaccines which reduce malaria cases by 75 percent, and are capable of eliminating malaria, licensed by 2030, according to the updated 2013 Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap, launched today. This new target comes in addition to the original 2006 Roadmap's goal of having a licensed vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum malaria,...

2013-09-18 15:46:44

Recurrent episodes of malaria cause chronic inflammation in blood vessels that might predispose to future infections and may increase susceptibility to cardiovascular disease, a Wellcome Trust study in Malawian children finds. The findings could explain the indirect burden of malaria on childhood deaths in areas where the disease is highly prevalent and children experience multiple clinical episodes of malaria in a year. Malaria is caused by infection with a parasite that starts by...

Drugmaker Develops 100 Percent Effective Malaria Vaccine
2013-08-08 15:25:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists have for the first time developed a vaccine for malaria that has been found to be 100 percent effective in a small clinical trial. The vaccine, known as PfSPZ Vaccine, was developed by Sanaria Inc. in Rockville, Maryland and has so far been shown to be safe, generating an immune system response in healthy adults. Publishing the results of the early-stage clinical trial in the August 8 issue of Science,...

Adult Wild Chimpanzees Have Developed A Certain Immunity Against Malaria Parasites
2013-05-29 09:57:59

Max Planck Institute Wild great apes are widely infected with malaria parasites. Yet, nothing is known about the biology of these infections in the wild. Using fecal samples collected from wild chimpanzees, an international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin has now investigated the effect of the animals´ age on malaria parasite detection rates. The data show a strong association between...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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