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2013-03-25 10:35:50

Griffith University researchers map out new approach An international study, involving researchers from Griffith University's Eskitis Institute, has discovered a molecule which could form the basis of powerful new anti-malaria drugs. Professor Vicky Avery from Griffith University's Eskitis Institute is co-author of the paper "Quinolone-3-Diarylethers: a new class of drugs for a new era of malaria eradication" which has been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine....

2013-03-06 10:31:54

Early diagnosis and treatment with antimalarial drugs (ACTs–artemisinin based combination treatments) has been linked to a reduction in malaria in the migrant population living on the Thai-Myanmar border, despite evidence of increasing resistance to ACTs in this location, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. These findings are important as this study suggests that alternative treatments are urgently needed to replace the failing...

2013-02-27 11:10:53

Screening method created to expedite the development of new drugs in the fight against tropical diseases such as malaria and African sleeping sickness A novel tool exploits baker's yeast to expedite the development of new drugs to fight multiple tropical diseases, including malaria, schistosomiasis, and African sleeping sickness. The unique screening method uses yeasts which have been genetically engineered to express parasite and human proteins to identify chemical compounds that target...

2013-02-19 11:32:24

New research has revealed that immature malaria parasites are more resistant to treatment with key antimalarial drugs than older parasites, a finding that could lead to more effective treatments for a disease that kills one person every minute and is developing resistance to drugs at an alarming rate. University of Melbourne researchers have shown for the first time that malaria parasites (Plasmodium falciparum)in the early stages of development are more than 100 times less sensitive to...

2013-02-18 23:02:23

The Journal of Parasitology presents a study featuring a new method of identifying parasites in various fish species. The results allow researches to identify known parasites in a similar fish species to estimate parasite compatibility with the host they are studying. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) February 18, 2013 The Journal of Parasitology — We can learn a lot about fish from their parasites. One population of fish, for instance, might be distinguished from another of the same species by...

2013-02-01 13:30:24

Malaria in pregnancy causes a range of adverse effects, including abortions, stillbirths, premature delivery and low infant birth weight. Many of these effects are thought to derive from a placental inflammatory response resulting from interaction of infected red blood cells with the placental tissue. In a study published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS Pathogen, a researchers' team led by Carlos Penha-Gonçalves at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC),...

2012-12-21 14:31:15

Resistance has cut the useful life of nearly every malaria therapy tried so far Malaria brings misery and death to millions in the developing world each year, and fighting it keeps medical researchers up at night because the mosquito-borne parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which causes the deadliest form of the disease, has developed resistance to every drug thrown at it. Resistance has cut short the useful life of nearly every therapy tried so far, experts say. But now molecular...

2012-12-12 12:11:36

New research, presented this morning at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), has identified important associations between Plasmodium falciparum  (Pf) malaria and endemic Burkitt Lymphoma (eBL) that may help researchers identify young children who are more susceptible to eBL. Unlike previous studies in which malaria infection alone was considered the important factor, this study approached the evolving complexity and heterogeneity of the humoral immune...

Masquerade Ball For Malaria Parasite Could Be Coming To An End
2012-12-03 12:16:51

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Hebrew University researchers discover how the deadly malaria parasite evades the immune system and make progress toward developing a cure More than a million people die each year of malaria caused by different strains of the Plasmodium parasite transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. The medical world has yet to find an effective vaccine against the deadly parasite, which mainly affects pregnant women and children under the age of five. By figuring out...

2012-11-14 11:40:38

Speaking at ASTMH Annual Meeting, researchers say breakthrough could make it much easier to evaluate new drugs and vaccines while also becoming a vaccine itself In a breakthrough that could accelerate malaria vaccine and drug development, scientists announced today that, for the first time ever, human volunteers were infected with malaria via a simple injection of cryopreserved sterile parasites that were harvested from the salivary glands of infected mosquitoes in compliance with...


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