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Dengue mosquito is Queensland's biggest threat for spreading Zika virus

Science Daily - April 23, 2019 - 15:40
Researchers have found that the dengue fever mosquito common to north and central Queensland poses the greatest danger of spreading the Zika virus in Australia. The researchers showed that not only was the dengue mosquito effective at transmitting Zika, the virus was also in the mosquitoes' reproductive organs. This finding suggests that Zika could persist in mosquito populations by females passing it to their offspring.

Sugar entering the brain during septic shock causes memory loss

Science Daily - April 22, 2019 - 19:10
The loss of memory and cognitive function known to afflict survivors of septic shock is the result of a sugar that is released into the blood stream and enters the brain during the life-threatening condition.

Ghana Prepares for Large-Scale Trial of RTS,S Vaccine

The Malaria Minute podcast - April 18, 2019 - 05:00

The latest malaria news, in 60 seconds.

Ghana prepares for trials of the RTS,S malaria vaccine, it’s announced that the PfSPZ vaccine will be tested in early 2020. Venezuelan malaria cases reached 1 million in 2018 and Bill Gates celebrates World Mosquito Week.

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Ghana Takes Delivery of RTS,S Vaccine

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PfSPZ Vaccine Trial

Malaria Cases in Venezuela Reach 1 Million

Bill Gates Recognises World Mosquito Week

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David Beckham Launches Voice Petition To End Malaria

The Malaria Minute podcast - April 12, 2019 - 05:30

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A new film using AI technology reveals David Beckham speaking nine languages, calling on people to join the world’s first voice petition to end malaria. Hear from Elvis Eze, who is part of the campaign.

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David Beckham Launches Voice Petition To End Malaria

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Identifying regions that would most benefit from an innovative strategy against malaria

Science Daily - April 9, 2019 - 12:32
A new analysis identifies African regions where ivermectin administration to livestock would have the greatest impact on malaria transmission. The results point to West Africa, below the Sahel, where malaria prevalence is very high.

Australian Veteran Calls for Royal Commission into Tafenoquine

The Malaria Minute podcast - April 5, 2019 - 05:30

The latest malaria news, in 60 seconds.

Combining data on parasite genetics and human movement provides greater insight into how malaria spreads, Nigeria loses N132 billion to malaria each year and Stuart McCarthy, an Australian veteran, calls for a Royal Commission into Tafenoquine.

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Combine Data to Improve Malaria Tracking

Nigeria Loses N132 Billion to Malaria Each Year

Veteran Calls for Royal Commission into Tafenoquine

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Capturing mosquito waste could speed up virus detection

Science Daily - April 4, 2019 - 14:43
Public health officials could soon be able to detect viruses in mosquitoes in the wild much more quickly and easily -- thanks to the insect equivalent of a urine test. A new study shows that two kinds of commonly used mosquito traps can be readily modified to collect mosquito excreta, or liquid waste droplets, to be tested for signs of viruses.

Cyclone Idai Causes ‘Spike’ in Malaria Cases

The Malaria Minute podcast - March 29, 2019 - 06:30

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Cyclone Idai causes ‘spike’ in malaria cases, Oxford Uni researchers head to Africa to sequence mosquito DNA and the NothingButNets Leader Summit takes place in the US capitol.

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WHO Expects Spike in Malaria After Cyclone

Oxford University Researchers Win Land Rover Bursary

Nothing But Nets Leadership Summit

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Modelled climate change impact on mosquito-borne virus transmission

Science Daily - March 28, 2019 - 19:08
Mosquito-borne viruses, such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, already threaten over a billion people globally. A study predicts that climate change and rising global temperatures will lead to both increased and new exposures to humans of diseases carried by mosquito vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus.

How mosquitoes smell human sweat (and new ways to stop them)

Science Daily - March 28, 2019 - 15:25
Female mosquitoes are known to rely on an array of sensory information to find people to bite, picking up on carbon dioxide, body odor, heat, moisture, and visual cues. Now researchers have discovered how mosquitoes pick up on acidic volatiles found in human sweat.

Control of mosquito-borne diseases

Science Daily - March 26, 2019 - 15:28
Researchers have developed an innovative method for analyzing the genome of the Wolbachia bacterium. This endosymbiotic bacterium infects more than 70 percent of insects and is capable of influencing insect transmission of pathogens such as dengue or Zika virus.

Malaria Funding Cut in US Budget Proposals

The Malaria Minute podcast - March 22, 2019 - 06:30

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US budget proposals make significant cuts to global health programs, the RBM Partnership announce their new CEO and the Australian government announce a $2.1 million program to support veterans concerned about Mefloquine and Tafenoquine.

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Malaria Funding Cut in US Budget Proposals

RBM Partnership Announce New CEO

Australia Launch $2.1 Million Mefloquine Program

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Neglected diseases continue to require attention despite progress

Science Daily - March 21, 2019 - 17:03
Few novel drugs have been developed to treat neglected diseases in recent decades, Brazilian researchers warn.

Protecting homes with netting window screens can reduce malaria parasite infection

Science Daily - March 21, 2019 - 14:28
Protecting houses against mosquitoes with netting window screens can suppress malaria vector populations and dramatically reduce human parasite infection prevalence, according to new research.

Potential new combination treatment for pancreatic cancer

Science Daily - March 20, 2019 - 20:49
Researchers have identified a possible new therapeutic strategy using two types of drug inhibitors at once to treat one of the world's deadliest cancers.

New mobile element found in mosquito parasite has potential for disease control

Science Daily - March 20, 2019 - 18:10
An interdisciplinary team of scientists has identified a new mobile DNA element in the Wolbachia parasite, which may contribute to improved control strategies for mosquito vectors of diseases such as Dengue and West Nile virus.

Ivermectin Successful in Blocking Malaria Transmission

The Malaria Minute podcast - March 15, 2019 - 06:30

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Treating children and adults with ivermectin blocks malaria transmission, an experimental drug called ‘DSM265′ cures seven of malaria and the British Department of Health spends £56 million on research into the health impacts of climate change.

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Ivermectin Blocks Malaria Transmission

‘DSM265’ Cures Seven of P. Falciparum Malaria

Climate Change Could Bring Malaria to UK

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Anti-malarial shows promise in human clinical study

Science Daily - March 11, 2019 - 17:31
An experimental drug, called DSM265, cured seven volunteers of a Plasmodium falciparum infection, a malaria parasite that is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The goal of this research is to find a cure for malaria with a single dose, and ultimately, eradicate the parasite.

Protection from Zika virus may lie in a protein derived from mosquitoes

Science Daily - March 11, 2019 - 16:53
By targeting a protein found in the saliva of mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus, investigators reduced Zika infection in mice. The finding demonstrates how researchers might develop a vaccine against Zika and similar mosquito-borne viruses, the study authors said.

Venezuelan Migration “Could Spread Malaria to US”

The Malaria Minute podcast - March 8, 2019 - 08:30

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Migration from Venezuela could spread malaria to other countries, applying antimalarial drugs to mosquito nets could reduce malaria transmission and Bayer launches the world’s first combination indoor insecticide.

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Migration From Venezuela Could Spread Malaria to US

Antimalarial Drugs to Reduce Malaria Transmission

Bayer Launches Combination Insecticide

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