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Origin Of Deadly Human Malaria Parasite Linked To Primates In Africa
2014-02-21 14:47:20

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine An international team of scientists has traced the origin of Plasmodium vivax, the second-worst malaria parasite of humans, to Africa, according to a study published this week in Nature Communications. Until recently, the closest genetic relatives of human P. vivax were found only in Asian macaques, leading researchers to believe that P. vivax originated in Asia. The study, led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the...

2014-01-29 11:08:56

School-based intermittent screening and treatment programs for malaria may be unsuccessful in low to moderate transmission areas A school-based intermittent screening and treatment program for malaria in rural coastal Kenya had no benefits on the health and education of school children, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. The study, led by Katherine Halliday and Simon Brooker from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,...

2014-01-03 15:16:01

A newly identified protein and other proteins it interacts with could become effective targets for new drugs to control the parasite that cause toxoplasmosis, researchers led by investigators at Indiana University School of Medicine have reported. The discovery could also open new research pathways for treatments for malaria. The researchers determined that the protein, an enzyme called GCN5b, is necessary for the Toxoplasma parasite to replicate, so interfering with its activities...

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...

Chemical Modification In Human Malaria Parasite DNA Discovered
2013-12-11 13:24:24

University of California - Riverside Findings by UC Riverside researchers could help build a new drug to kill the deadly parasite that is becoming resistant to existing drugs Say "malaria" and most people think "mosquito," but the buzzing, biting insect is merely the messenger, delivering the Plasmodium parasites that sickened more than 200 million people globally in 2010 and killed about 660,000. Worse, the parasite is showing resistance to artemisinin, the most effective drug for...

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,...

2013-11-01 11:06:00

Continual reintroduction of P. vivax from North Korea could be the cause of change Malaria is one of the major infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitos, with enormous impact on quality of life. According to World Health Organization figures, as of 2010 there were over 219 million reported cases of malaria with an estimated 660,000 deaths. Plasmodium vivax, which is the second most prevalent species of the human malaria parasite, is widely distributed around the world especially in...

West African Bats Are Hosts To Multitude Of Different Haemosporidian Parasites
2013-10-21 13:55:21

Max Planck Institute In Europe, bats are normally discussed in the context of endangered species threatened by loss of their habitats. However, in recent years, bats have caught the eye of infection biologists. The animals are namely hosts to a surprising number of pathogens, many of which could be dangerous to humans. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin and the American Museum of Natural History have been able to identify in...


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