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A "vaccine" against malaria from Africa: ARTAVOL®.

December 5, 2012 - 17:33 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The guest blog below was provided by Dr. Pierre Lutgen.
 
Since 5 years a group of scientists at the Ministry of Health of Uganda is working on plant extracts which might have a prophylactic effect against malaria. Since 12 months a product is available in the pharmacies of Uganda. The product has been released after clinical and community trials over 3 years which have demonstrated that if taken regularly during one year it renders a person immune against malaria. It also reduced the asymptomatic malaria cases in an adult population by 60%.

Cinderella science

December 1, 2012 - 14:43 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The guest blog below was contributed by Prof. Matt Thomas, of Penn State University. Read more about Professor Thomas here.

Everybody would like to see the burden of malaria reduced and while there might be some disciplinary biases, most would agree that long-term sustainable management of malaria requires integrated strategies built on solid foundations of local knowledge and capacity. 
 
Of the broad approaches available (and by available I include potential tools somewhere along the development pipeline), vector control is clearly pivotal. This is not to diminish the importance of other technologies, such as drugs or diagnostics, but much of the recent decline in malaria can be attributed to wide-scale implementation of vector control tools such as long lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLINs) and indoor residual insecticide sprays (IRS). Furthermore, in nearly every historical case where malaria has been substantially reduced or locally eliminated, vector control has been key. 

Genetic control via population replacement: where do transgenics stand?

November 30, 2012 - 16:43 -- Mark Benedict

It is said that predictions are very difficult – especially when they concern the future. No doubt Scott O’neil and his Eliminate Dengue team never would have expected to be where they are now 10 years ago. In contrast, those who dreamt of releasing malaria-refractory transgenic mosquitoes two decades ago in the Tucson desert would have been surprised too.

'The Epidemiology and Control of malaria in Palestine' by I Kligler1930

November 30, 2012 - 09:00 -- Anton Alexander

It may be of interest to readers of MalariaWorld that the long-forgotten, overlooked, but still relevant book by Dr I Kligler, published in 1930, entitled 'The Epidemiology and Control of malaria in Palestine' is now available without charge to be read in its entirety at www.kligler1930.com . Kligler was the architect in Palestine of probably the first successful national malaria-eradication campaign in the world, the campaign was begun in 1922 and it was conducted without vaccines and without reliance on mosquito bednets. The website includes the review in 1930 by Science Magazine.

Free Book for MalariaWorld Members!

November 27, 2012 - 21:45 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This week I was contacted by Dr. Dana Dalrymple with a very unusual offer. He wishes to provide all MalariaWorld subscribers free access to his book 'Artemisia annua, Artemisinin, ACTs & Malaria Control in Africa' published just seven months ago. This is truly remarkable and we highly appreciate this gesture!

In his email he said: "This will get it to the heart of the international malaria community and doubtless reach many who otherwise may not have heard of, or had access to, it." That is the spirit of truly open and global collaboration we aim to achieve with MalariaWorld. So a big 'Thank you' to Dr. Dalrymple! If you download it, why not send him a private message through the platform (available to subcribers) to let him know you appreciate his action...

Mosquito nets used for keeping trapped falcons fresh

November 14, 2012 - 08:55 -- Henk Bouwman

It is known that mosquito nets are used to trap fish.

Recently however, shocking news from India sowed that Amur Falcons are trapped by the thousands for human consumption.

http://www.conservationindia.org/campaigns/amur-massacre

120 000 to 140 000 falcons are estimated to be trapped and killed per season.

To keep the falcons fresh, they are kept under mosquito netting, or what the reporters called mosquito netting. Pictures on the website shows what looks like netting used as cages. It is not reported how many nets are used for this purpose.

mosquito tweets

November 6, 2012 - 13:03 -- Patrick Sampao

There have been quite a number of mosquito tweets on my timeline lately. I ve seen "I had this good dream" this silly mosquito woke me up. "I smeared a mosquito on the wall, feels quite nice actually" If you think you are too small to make an impact try sleeping in the same room with a mosquito.

At this rate mosquitobite hashtag will soon trend. Or maybe its because its raining in Kenya and breeding sites are quite many.

Mercedes-Benz should win Cannes creativity award!

October 23, 2012 - 22:00 -- Bart G.J. Knols

In July I was approached by a Dutch radio station that brought a most interesting YouTube video to my attention. It features an award winning idea by Go Outside magazine (based in Brazil), this being the 'Repellent radio'. It was created by the Sao Paulo-based advertising agency Talent, and it won the Radio Grand Prix award 2012 at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Take a look...

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