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Zambia trial cuts severe malaria deaths by 96 percent

Zambia trial cuts severe malaria deaths by 96 percent

A suppository form of the common antimalarial artesunate has dramatically cut child deaths from severe malaria in a trial in rural Zambia, one of the organisations behind the programme has said"] The suppository formulation was given to children who were assessed before referral to a health facility. “Knowledge of severe malaria danger signs at a community level improved ...

World Malaria Report 2018: Progress and Peril

World Malaria Report 2018: Progress and Peril

This post lays out the main takeaways from this year's World Malaria Report: Progress: Seven million lives have been saved since 2000, that’s a 60% reduction of malaria cases and deaths. The report shows that the efforts to fight malaria from countries like India, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Pakistan have been successful, the tide is turning, cases are slowly but ...

Protection against Malaria: A matter of balance

Protection against Malaria: A matter of balance

A balanced production of pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines at two years of age protects against clinical malaria in early childhood, according to a new study. The results also indicated that early exposure to the parasite does not affect the risk of developing the disease, although it could affect the parasite-specific immune response later in life. ...

Disrupting parasites’ family planning could aid malaria fight

Disrupting parasites’ family planning could aid malaria fight

Scientists investigating how the human immune system defends against malaria have uncovered a rare phenomenon: antibodies working together to bind to a vulnerable spot on the parasite. Scientists have found that the reproduction strategy used by the disease-causing parasites is more sophisticated than previously thought, and is similar to that seen in more complex organisms. ...

Fighting mosquitoes in your backyard with scientists’ help

Fighting mosquitoes in your backyard with scientists’ help

Thanks to an innovative mosquito control approach, residents in several Maryland neighborhoods reduced populations of invasive Asian tiger mosquitoes by an impressive 76 percent, on average. The Rutgers-led project, called Citizen Action through Science (Citizen AcTS), mobilizes neighbors guided by scientists to address local problems, according to a study in the journal Scientific Reports this week. This ...

Scientists capture images of antibodies working together against malaria

Scientists capture images of antibodies working together against malaria

Scientists investigating how the human immune system defends against malaria have uncovered a rare phenomenon: antibodies working together to bind to a vulnerable spot on the parasite. Scientists investigating how the human immune system defends against malaria have uncovered a rare phenomenon: antibodies working together to bind to a vulnerable spot on the parasite. The ...

High risk of malaria detected in blood for transfusions

High risk of malaria detected in blood for transfusions

The high prevalence of malaria parasites in blood for transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa could be a major setback in the fight against the disease in the region, a study suggests. The study presented this month (15-20 April) at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan African Malaria Conference in Dakar, Senegal, was a systematic ...

New malaria drug starts clinical trials

New malaria drug starts clinical trials

After decades a new drug against malaria has been developed and first clinical trials of this new investigational drug is soon to begin. Enrolment for the same has already started. This study is to be sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is ...

How malaria is killing Ghanaians

How malaria is killing Ghanaians

Malaria remains one of the most severe causes of illness particularly in sub-saharan Africa, where according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), was home to 90 percent of malaria cases and 92 percent of malaria deaths recorded in 2015. The disease is estimated to cost the African continent more than $12 billion every year. Ghana ...