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Using cancer-fighting drugs against malaria

Scientists have identified a several compounds that may lead to different ways to fight the malaria. Specifically, a university team has identified 31 enzyme-blocking molecules that could halt malaria before symptoms start.

For West African nations, Ebola is but the tip of the iceberg

The Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa has certainly caught the world's attention, especially with WHO declaring it an international health emergency. But as some people suggest, the move was merely a symbolic gesture. Actually, Ebola is not the problem.

Fighting malaria by targeting genes

A new approach to preventing malaria by knocking out parasite's genes has been proposed. Biological engineers have demonstrated that a new genome-editing technique can disrupt a single parasite gene with a success rate of up to 100 percent.

Rise in drug resistant malaria

Washington - A new study indicates that drug-resistant malaria is spreading in South East Asia, and that it has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border.

Mosquitoes attracted by odor

Mice infected with a malaria-causing parasite emit odors that are more attractive to malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, according to new research.

Genetically engineering mosquitoes to combat malaria

A science group has proposed that introducing genetic engineering to eliminate the population of female mosquitoes is key to fighting malaria. Other scientists have expressed concerns about the ethics of species elimination.

Bacterial infection could help to fight malaria

Perugia - A bacterial infection in two species of Anopheles mosquitoes (called Wolbachia) appears to reduce the incidence of pathogen infections in mosquitoes and has the potential to be used in controlling malaria-transmitting mosquito populations.

Protein discovery could help prevent malaria deaths

Stockholm - Malaria can be mild or deadly. However, there is no way to tell which patients are at risk of developing more dangerous forms of the disease. New research suggests that different proteins affect the seriousness of the disease.

How does the immune system protect children from malaria?

Some children who live in regions of the world where malaria is common can mount an immune response to infection with malaria parasites. Scientists have investigated why this response takes place.

Global warming amplifying malaria risk

Paris - Global warming will expose millions more people to malaria as parasite-bearing mosquitoes move to higher altitudes, according to new research into the health perils from climate change.

Revealed: How malaria parasite beats top insecticides

Paris - Gene detectives on Tuesday said they had discovered how the parasite that causes malaria becomes resistant to DDT and to insecticides used in anti-malaria bednets.The secret lies in just one change in the DNA code on a single gene, they said.

Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries

Paris - Gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in 10 countries, according to a study published on Wednesday by The Lancet medical journal.Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coas...

Searching for a new way to halt malaria

A research team have identified a way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying. It is hoped that this could become the basis of a new treatment.

Malaria cases in U.S. at 40-year high

The number of malaria cases in the US has reached a 40-year high, with 1,925 cases reported in 2011 — the highest number since 1971.

Significant range of malaria parasites found in bats

Scientists have discovered a surprising diversity of malaria parasites in West African bats. The new study reveals that two bat-infecting parasites are closely related to parasites in rodents.

Symposium wants greater innovation towards eliminating malaria

A Malaria Consortium symposium has highlighted the need for increased innovation as part of malaria elimination efforts, during the Sixth Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Malaria Conference in Durban.

How to make people 'invisible' to mosquitoes

Scientists think that it is possible to make an "invisibility cloak"’ to protect people against the blood-sucking insects. The basis of the cloak is the drug used in illegal "party pills."

Breakthrough in Malaria vaccine

The U.S. Navy along with the federal government and the medical industry have developed the first ever complete vaccine against malaria. So far it is still under the development stage.

Antimalarial drug warning due to side-effects

The U.S. FDA has issued a warning to patients and healthcare professionals about an antimalarial drug due to serious psychiatric and nerve side effects.

Anti-mosquito patch attracts $164,000 in crowd-sourced funding

The Kite Mosquito Patch is billed as a safe way to keep away mosquitoes for 48 hours, and its inventors recently achieved their Indiegogo fundraising goal of $75,000 by receiving more than $164,000.

New antimalarial drugs in development

Lisbon - Researchers have discovered a new class of highly potent antimalarial compounds. These chemicals, developed to fight cancer, appear to be able to kill the malaria causing parasite.

U.K. cautious about spending more to tackle global malaria

A number of world governments have announced an increase funding globally for the fight against malaria. However, the U.K. is more cautious, arguing that countries in receipt of aid need to reform before more money is given.

Mosquitoes in cooler climes are less likely to transmit disease

Mosquitoes which transmit diseases like West Nile fever and Chikungunya fever are less likely to infect people and are also more susceptible to insecticides if they are reared in cooler climates.

Successful project delivers malaria nets to Ghana

Accra - The Promoting Malaria Prevention and Treatment (ProMPT) Project has proposed a model for distributing over 12 million mosquito nets to prevent malaria in Ghana.

Chimps contract malaria at the same rate as people

Chimpanzees have been studied for the first time relation to the incidences of malaria. The conclusion is that chimps can contract malaria just as easily as people and have similar survival rates if untreated.

Malaria mosquitoes are attracted by human smells

Mosquitoes infected carrying the malaria parasite are more likely to land on and examine materials laced with human body odor than materials untainted by 'the human smell'.

Bacteria used to combat malaria

A new study has shown that transmission of malaria via mosquitoes to humans can be interrupted by using a strain of the bacteria Wolbachia in the insects.

Could climate change bring malaria to the UK?

Epidemiologists are calling on the government to take action against the growing threat that mosquito-borne diseases, including potentially fatal malaria, could soon arrive in the UK.

FDA searches for counterfeit malaria drugs

The US Food and Drug Administration has launched a new program aimed at detecting counterfeit and ineffective malaria drug treatments around the world.

Soccer ball juggling on World Malaria Day — Nothing but nets

Salt Lake City - Former pro soccer player Jared Montz encouraged soccer players worldwide to juggle to save lives. The event, which takes place on World Malaria Day, raises funds for Nothing but Nets, prior to April 25. It includes soccer players of all ages.
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Yanomami children.
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the lovely blooming of a brugmansia suaveiolens plant.
the lovely blooming of a brugmansia suaveiolens plant.
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The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awar...
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awareness to residents that malaria is a serious global issue. They urged people to donate money to buy a net for those refugees living in African camps.
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A mosquito in the process of biting someone
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The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awar...
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awareness to residents that malaria is a serious global issue. They urged people to donate money to buy a net for those refugees living in African camps.
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The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awar...
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awareness to residents that malaria is a serious global issue. They urged people to donate money to buy a net for those refugees living in African camps.
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This finding comes from a recent study that revealed the closest  genetic match between malaria that...
This finding comes from a recent study that revealed the closest genetic match between malaria that infects humans and malaria that infects gorillas. The result contradicts previous studies that point to chimpanzees as the potential reservoir of malignant malaria.
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Glass representation of the parasite that causes malaria
Glass representation of the parasite that causes malaria
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Electron micrograph of the malarial parasite Plasmodium
Electron micrograph of the malarial parasite Plasmodium
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