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Zinc, Covid and the elderly

December 16, 2020 - 14:21 -- Pierre Lutgen


Plasma Zn decrease is strongly related to age and may be a predictor of all-cause mortality in elderly population. In a study in Italy plasma zinc levels were measured in individuals having an age range of 10–93 years. No significant differences in plasma zinc concentrations were found between males and females. Up to the age of 50 years, the mean plasma zinc of normal individuals remained relatively constant at 70 ± 32µg/100 ml after which the levels decreased.

PAMCA-VectorBase Virtual Vector Meeting pre-recorded sessions available

December 15, 2020 - 10:28 -- Malaria World


Many of the talks that are available online have associated worksheets and activities that you can do. PAMCA and VectorBase have collaborated to host a free, virtual vector conference/workshop experience, primarily aimed at PAMCA student/ young investigators.

Artemisia twigs, nitrate, malaria, schistosomiasis and tuberculosis

December 12, 2020 - 18:06 -- Pierre Lutgen

Many anecdotical or scientific results indicate that leaves and stems of Artemisia annua have different therapeutical properties, often higher for leaves, sometimes lower.
Our efforts so far to elucidate key factors explaining these differences have failed. Artemisinin, polyphenols, essential oils are higher in leaves, scopoletin sometimes lower. If the therapeutical properties against malaria, bacteria or nematodes, really are proportional to the concentration of these organic key constituants, the healing power of stems and twigs should be close to zero.

Podcast: Parasite Biomarkers Predict Transmission Potential

December 11, 2020 - 08:31 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 11 December 2020
Researchers identify three biomarkers associated with gametocytes development that predict transmission potential, and the use of LAMP-based malaria diagnostic tools is evaluated.
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El Salvador's journey to malaria elimination

December 10, 2020 - 11:16 -- Malaria World

By Nothing but Nets, 30 November 2020

In 2020, El Salvador marked a major milestone in its long fight against malaria. It is the first Central American country to reach zero cases of malaria for three consecutive years and apply for the World Health Organization malaria-free certification. 

Plant the seed, fight the fever: a grassroots anti-malaria-campaign

December 10, 2020 - 10:10 -- Malaria World

What if there was an herb that could defeat the malaria parasite and save a thousand lives per day, every day? One you could grow in your backyard, which costs next to nothing, and could be easily available for everybody in need?

The Film THE FEVER portrays the fight against malaria in East Africa as a case study in greed, courage and self-determination. 

When are the words "malarias" and "plasmodia" incorrect?

December 2, 2020 - 16:41 -- Miles Markus

The misused plural words "malarias" and "plasmodia" have previously been mentioned in the MalariaWorld Newsletter (the former only in passing). Here, I highlight the usage problem by expanding on the subject.

New from MESA: Key takeaways from the ASTMH Annual Meeting by the MESA Correspondents

December 2, 2020 - 10:24 -- MESA Alliance


This ASTMH Annual Meeting was intense! If you missed any of the sessions or want to recap what was discussed, you can read the summaries of more than 25 symposia written by the MESA Correspondents.


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