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New link between sickle cell and severe malaria found

January 4, 2022 - 09:40 -- Malaria World

31.12.2021 - SciDev.Net

Malaria parasites may have adapted so that they can cause severe malaria in people with sickle cell disease, a study suggests.

Sickle cell, a group of conditions which can cause red blood cells to become sickle shaped, is become common in Africa because the genes responsible for the disease can help prevent malaria during early childhood, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Request for proposal: Global Grand Challenges - Building Malaria Modeling Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa

December 23, 2021 - 09:46 -- Malaria World

Organisation: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Initiative: Grand Challenges Global Call-to-Action
Deadline for proposals: Jan 13, 2022, 11:30 am PST

Concealed Erythrocytic Parasites and Elimination of Plasmodium vivax

December 22, 2021 - 22:53 -- Miles Markus

In the malaria research field, prior events are sometimes overlooked (or ignored). Being formerly of a mild disposition (not always entirely so now, if provoked by displays of poor ethics), thirty years elapsed before I drew attention to one of these events. An analogy is that when you tread on the tail of a dinosaur, there can be a long delay before it turns its head.

Podcast: Wolbachia can control Anopheles malaria mosquito via ‘cytoplasmic incompatibility’

December 22, 2021 - 15:38 -- Johns Hopkins

Podcast #8 | 24 December 2021: Research on the Wolbachia bacteria is applied to the malaria-transmitting Anopheles mosquito, with exciting implications for vector control.

Artemisia afra, pancreas, diabetes

December 16, 2021 - 17:00 -- Pierre Lutgen

A few years ago, whilst running the clinical trials against malaria and bilharzia with Artemisia plants in Maniema, RDCongo, Dr. Jerome Munyangi noticed that these plants had cured or alleviated the diabetes of several patients.

     Munyangi J, Idumbo M, Mupenda B, Lutgen P. Five case reports on treatment of diabetes by Artemisia annua and Artemisia afra herbal tea. Pharm Pharmacol. Int J. 2020; 8(2):79‒85. DOI: 10.15406/ppij.2020.08.00283

This finding was recently confirmed by a case study in Burundi (see annex 1).

All you need to know about... the MESA Deep Dives

December 14, 2021 - 12:06 -- MESA Alliance

What are the Deep Dives?

The Deep Dives show -as far as possible- the state of the art of the main malaria research topics. Taking MESA Track as the information source, the Deep Dives gather all the projects around a specific research question and classify them according to research areas, timelines and geographic locations. The Deep Dives also include information on funding sources, principal institutions and principal investigators.


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