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New vaccine offers fresh take on malaria fight

New vaccine offers fresh take on malaria fight

"The problem with most vaccines is that their effectiveness is often short-lived," said the study's lead author, Klaus Früh, Ph.D., of OHSU's Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute and a professor of molecular and cellular biosciences at the OHSU School of Medicine. "Our cytomegalovirus-based vaccine platform can create and keep immunity for life. With further research ...

Israeli AI firm fights malaria with machine learning

Israeli AI firm fights malaria with machine learning

Dozens of teams are competing to apply machine learning and artificial intelligence to solving serious social problems in the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. A relatively late entry is Zzapp Malaria, which is working to eradicate one of humanity’s most persistent diseases. The company was recently named as one of the current top 10 teams in ...

New study raises hopes of eradication of malaria

New study raises hopes of eradication of malaria

After major global successes in the battle against malaria, the positive trend stalled around 2015—apart from in Zanzibar in East Africa, where the disease is increasingly rare. In a new study published in <i>BMC Medicine</i>, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden explain why this was and show that new strategies are needed to eradicate the disease. ...

Is malaria research leaving out the human factor?

Is malaria research leaving out the human factor?

What people do at night, when the risk of infected mosquito bites is highest, is especially critical, the authors say. There is substantial research into when malaria mosquitoes bite, when they are most active, and which species are most likely to spread disease, says April Monroe, senior program officer at the Johns Hopkins University’s Center ...

To halt malaria transmission, more research focused

To halt malaria transmission, more research focused

Wherever possible, researchers should not just focus on mosquito behavior when working to eliminate malaria, but must also consider how humans behave at night when the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito is highest, new findings from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) suggest. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins ...

Mosquito known to transmit malaria has been detected

Mosquito known to transmit malaria has been detected

A type of mosquito that transmits malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time, and the discovery has implications for putting more people at risk for malaria in new regions, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher. The mosquito, Anopheles stephensi, normally is found in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and ...

Parasites from patients with cerebral malaria stick

Parasites from patients with cerebral malaria stick

A team at LSTM with their collaborators in Malawi and Denmark have provided, for the first time, evidence which links the ability of red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite to bind to the cells lining the blood vessels of the brain, with the clinical syndrome cerebral malaria. Cerebral malaria is a life-threatening complication ...

Malaria vaccine passes test in humans

Malaria vaccine passes test in humans

For many years, a team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen have been focussing on developing a vaccine that can protect against the disease pregnancy malaria from which 220,000 people die every year. Now they have come a significant step closer to being able to introduce such a vaccine in the market. In a ...

Fighting human disease with birth control … for mosquitoes

Fighting human disease with birth control … for mosquitoes

Depending on where you live, the buzz of a nearby mosquito can be a nuisance, or it can be deadly. Worldwide, more than 500 million people suffer from diseases transmitted by the blood-feeding insects, including malaria, Dengue Fever, Zika, and West Nile, and nearly a million deaths are attributed to mosquito-borne illnesses each year. Researchers ...