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  • Reply to: World Malaria day: Vestergaard infographic about insecticide resistance   12 hours 21 min ago
    p3

    it is not a bit strange that in 3 studies WHopes made, there is no better control of P3 than of P2, but in two studies VF paid for in Nigeria, there is a better control. And here the lead scientist of these studies demand that strategies must be made to maximize its use (that means, it's sales). But i do recognize that the WHO organisation is sending out confusing messages. On one side, you have Whopes directed studies that clearly says that Permanet 3 - and especially Pemanet 3 washed - is not better than P2 on resistant Anopheles and Culex. On the other side you have a new committee of WHO that says that Vf provided evidence that Permanet 3 was in a new category. When you read what this group should use as evidence, it should be transmission impact to recognize a "new paradigme". But the group writes that there was NO evidence of transmission effect of P3 in areas with metabolic resistance, but still they conclude that here is a new paradigme. Maybe WHO has become so eager to show they are flexible, that they forget the rules they defined themselves ?

  • Reply to: Geophagia, Artemisia afra and Tuberculosis   1 day 10 hours ago

    Buruli, leprosy and tuberculosis are among the major killers in Africa. And endless suffering. Because chemical drugs sold by pharmaceutical companies from the North have failed or the resistance of mycobacterium to these drugs is becoming overwhelming.

    It is very encouraging to find on internet the following project in Ghana

    IN-VITRO SUSCEPTIBILITY OF MYCOBACTERIUM ULCERANS TO HERBAL PREPARATIONS
    www.who.int/buruli/events/16.Addo_ENG.pdf

    For several of the herbs involved in this project the inhibition of mycobacteria is equivalent or better than for Pefloxacin and/or Miconazole.

    But the most encouraging are the conclusions of this WHO sponsored project :
    A single herb is never a single compound but a group of compounds which potentiate each other or create synergy. The use of an herb or herbal cocktail would simulate combination therapy, which may prevent, or at least delay the development of microbial resistance.

  • Reply to: Antiplasmodial activity of atisinium chloride from the Bhutanese medicinal plant, Aconitum orochryseum   2 days 16 hours ago
    What is the aconite orocrycum
  • Reply to: Should Artemisia annua (wormwood) tea be used as a prophylactic in endemic countries?   3 days 1 hour ago
    Poppycock to the Guest who claims use of the tea will create resistance and will lead to short supplies. Parsley grows in anyone's back garden. Artemisia annua can do the same. A resistance to synthetic artemisia analogues has already happened and the increased dosage of these synthetic drugs, resorted to in response, is causing other life threatening complications in patients. For what purpose? To make more money for the patent holder? Your argument does not stack up with any sensible reader. Grow the tea, it's a more humane solution.
  • Reply to: NOT Open Access | Plasmodium vivax malaria in the UK   3 days 18 hours ago
    I am very interested to know about the reason why is P.vivax is increasing nowadays than previous time. I think as it is in the journal it could be the global warming. In addition it could be the drug resistance issue and the relapsing behavior of P.vivax.