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For some time now, artemisinin, derived from a Chinese herb, has been the most powerful treatment available against malaria.
A large study from Africa, published in this week's PLoS Medicine, has found that in a direct comparison, three types of new, fast-acting antimalarial artemisinin-based combination therapy drugs (ACTs), which comprise artemisinin derivatives in combination with a partner antimalarial drug, AL (artesunate–mefloquine), ASAQ (artesunate–amodiaquine) and DHAPQ (dihydroartemisinin–piperaquine) are all effective for treating children with uncomplicated malaria.
Malaria is not only native to the New World, but it has been present long before humans existed and has evolved through birds and monkeys.
A new research technology is revealing how humans develop immunity to malaria, and could assist programs aimed at eradicating this parasitic disease.
A new malaria vaccine could be the first to tackle different forms of the disease and help those most vulnerable to infection.
Indoor spraying with the insecticide bendiocarb has dramatically decreased malaria transmission in many parts of Benin, new evidence that insecticides remain a potent weapon for fighting malaria in Africa despite the rapid rise of resistance to an entire class of mosquito-killing compounds.
Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Monash University, and Virginia Tech have used a set of novel inhibitors to analyze how the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, uses enzymes to chew up human hemoglobin from host red blood cells as a food source.
For the first time, a malaria vaccine that uses the entire malaria parasite has proven safe and shown promise to produce a strong immune response in a clinical trial.
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