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Genome structure of malaria parasites linked to virulence

Science Daily - February 4, 2019 - 20:40
An international research has found that malaria parasite genomes are shaped by parasite-specific gene families, and that this genome organization strongly correlates with the parasite's virulence. The findings highlight the importance of spatial genome organization in gene regulation and the control of virulence in malaria parasites.

Male birth control for the malaria parasite

Science Daily - January 31, 2019 - 19:33
Disrupting two genes involved in the preservation of RNA molecules inhibits the ability of the male form of the malaria parasite to mature and be transmitted from human blood into mosquitoes, interrupting a key stage in the parasite's life-cycle and cutting off an important step in the spread of the disease.

Insecticide resistance genes affect vector competence for West Nile virus

Science Daily - January 31, 2019 - 16:38
In a context of overuse of insecticides, which leads to the selection of resistant mosquitoes, it is already known that this resistance to insecticides affects interactions between mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit. Researchers demonstrate that mechanisms of insecticide resistance, observed in Culex quinquefasciatus vector, impact the transmission of West Nile virus.

To halt malaria transmission, more research focused on human behavior needed

Science Daily - January 22, 2019 - 17:55
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.

Mosquito known to transmit malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time

Science Daily - January 16, 2019 - 14:06
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.

Sex and malaria

Malaria.com news - January 15, 2019 - 10:02
Question: Can malaria be transmitted through oral sex? Answer: No. Malaria cannot be sexually transmitted, including oral sex. Malaria is a vector-borne parasite and is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. As the malaria parasite resides in blood, it can also be transmitted via blood transfusion or via donated organs (though most countries […]

Incomplete Dose of Malaria Drug

Malaria.com news - January 15, 2019 - 09:53
Question: If one doesn’t complete the malaria drug being prescribed, and takes multivitamin due to no appetite towards eating and later stop, does this cause the person spitting uncontrollable. Answer: I am not aware of any link between failure to complete a course of malaria medication and excess saliva, nor any link with taking multivitamins. The main […]

Transfer of parasite to mosquito

Malaria.com news - January 15, 2019 - 09:50
 I am working with rural African communities where we are struggling with contamination of farm products with residues from indoor residual spraying (ban on exports) - and are concerned about contamination of humans as well. Stepped up treatment of all persons diagnosed with malaria with AL. How do the mosquitoes get infected by the parasite so that they can infect humans?

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Malaria.com news - January 15, 2019 - 06:13
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Study: 'Post-normal' science requires unorthodox communication strategies

Science Daily - January 14, 2019 - 21:11
Proposals to fight malaria by 'driving' genes that slow its spread through mosquitoes is a high-risk, high-reward technology that presents a challenge to science journalists, according to a new report aimed at stimulating a fruitful, realistic public discussion of 'post-normal' science and technology.

Parasites from patients with cerebral malaria stick preferentially in their brains

Science Daily - January 11, 2019 - 14:51
Scientists 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.

Malaria vaccine passes test in humans

Science Daily - January 10, 2019 - 14:39
A vaccine against fatal pregnancy malaria shows promising results in the first tests in humans. The new study has taken a vaccine all the way from discovery of a mechanism through development and production to clinical trials in humans.

Fighting human disease with birth control ... for mosquitoes

Science Daily - January 8, 2019 - 19:13
A newly discovered protein that is crucial for egg production in mosquitoes opens a possibility for 'mosquito birth control.' The approach might offer a way to reduce mosquito populations in areas of human disease transmission without harming beneficial insects such as honey bees.

Pyronaridine-artesunate for treating uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria

Science Daily - January 8, 2019 - 15:12
Researchers have looked at the efficacy of using a novel artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), pyronaridine-artesunate, to treat malaria in areas where resistance to other ACTs is becoming a problem. The analysis finds it at least as effective as the currently used ACTs, if not better.

For first time, researchers can measure insecticide on surface of mosquito nets

Science Daily - January 2, 2019 - 17:54
Insecticide-infused mosquito netting is in widespread use around the world to limit the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. Researchers have now come up with a technique that measures how much insecticide is found on the surface of these nets -- paving the way for efforts to determine how long the nets are effective.

Insomnia with Artemether (Paluther)

Malaria.com news - January 2, 2019 - 15:53
Question: Does malaria treatment, especially with paluta injection cause insomnia. I have experienced this twice. Answer: If you are referring to injection with artemether (sold as Paluther), then yes, trouble sleeping has been recorded as a possible side effect. However, it should not persist for long after the medication has been administered, so you should consult […]

Gold-complexed ferrocenyl phosphines as potent antimalarials

Science Daily - December 19, 2018 - 16:56
Researchers have developed novel ferrocene-based molecules that impair the malaria parasite's metabolic function leading to parasite death.

Killing the liver-stage malaria parasite with baculovirus: a drug discovery approach

Science Daily - December 12, 2018 - 15:46
Currently, few antimalarial treatments exist that effectively kill liver-stage malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, which can lay dormant for months or even years. Researchers have reported a new drug that could eliminate liver-stage malaria parasites completely. Using an insect virus, known as a baculovirus, the researchers investigated the ability of baculovirus to mediate innate immunity against malaria infection. This work could pave the way for developing new and more effective antimalarial treatments.

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