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Podcast: DNA Methylation Inhibitor Molecules Kill Plasmodium Parasites

January 3, 2020 - 18:12 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 3 January 2020

Researchers from the Pasteur Institute discover molecules that can kill the malaria parasite and researchers from LSTM identify a resistance mechanism for insecticides used on bed nets.

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Artemisia afra and blood pressure

December 17, 2019 - 20:03 -- Pierre Lutgen

 

Another important property of Artemisia plants. Might help us to better understand the high efficacy against tropical diseases.  Just published  in PPIJ! See pdf attached

 

And as Artemisia afra is endemic in so many African countries and used since generations as traditional medicine against malaria no further pre-clinical trials are required as per WHO/EDM/TRM/2000.1    

This traditional use is recognized by  WHO in the October 2019 statement WHO-CDS-GMP-2019.14

Podcast: World Malaria Report Places Emphasis on Pregnant Women and Children

December 10, 2019 - 09:42 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 6 December 2019

The WHO publish their annual World Malaria Report which, this year, places emphasis on protecting pregnant women and children from malaria.

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The World Malaria Report 2019 is out!

December 4, 2019 - 14:34 -- Malaria World

More pregnant women and children protected from malaria, but accelerated efforts and funding needed to reinvigorate global response, WHO report shows

The World malaria report 2019 provides a comprehensive update on global and regional malaria data and trends. The report tracks investments in malaria programmes and research as well as progress across all intervention areas: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, elimination and surveillance. It also includes dedicated chapters on the consequences of malaria on maternal, infant and child health, the “High Burden to High Impact” approach as well as biological threats to the fight against malaria.

The 2019 report is based on information received from more than 80 countries and areas with ongoing malaria transmission. This information is supplemented by data from national household surveys and databases held by other organizations.

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First malaria vaccine rolled out in Africa - despite limited efficacy and nagging safety concerns

November 28, 2019 - 13:29 -- Malaria World

Science, Nov. 26, 2019: by Jop de Vrieze

MALAWI—In a small room at the Phalula Health Centre in southern Malawi's Balaka district, two young mothers are sitting on a wooden bench, each with a 5-month-old baby on their lap. Across from them, behind a desk, sits Alfred Kaponya, a community health worker. A colleague is busy preparing a vaccine, tapping the syringe to dislodge bubbles. Kaponya explains the procedure to the women, writes down the vaccines' serial numbers in the children's vaccination booklets, and copies them onto a spreadsheet in his binder.

Why Artemisia stems are more important than leaves for antimalarial infusions

November 28, 2019 - 08:35 -- Pierre Lutgen

For figures see attached pdf

There are many anecdotic reports indicating that including stems and twigs with dried Artemisia leaves augments the power of the infusion. Operators of a palm oil plant in Burundi only drink infusions made with stems and stay malaria free.

Dried Artemisia annua herb of Chinese origin and sold in European pharmacies contains at least 70 % of stems.

Podcast: Traditional Soup Recipes Have Antimalarial Properties

November 22, 2019 - 11:22 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 22 November 2019

Schoolchildren find that some of their families’ soup recipes have antimalarial properties and a Swiss-led team of cell biologists identify hundreds of targets needed in drug and vaccine development.

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Podcast: Female Mosquitoes That Have Mated More Likely to Transmit Malaria

November 15, 2019 - 18:08 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 15 November 2019

Hormones received during mating boost the likelihood of malaria transmission and an ongoing autoimmune attack on uninfected red blood cells can ultimately anaemia.

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Podcast: Parasites Prepare for Human Infection in the Mosquito

November 8, 2019 - 16:16 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 8 November 2019

Research details how malaria parasites prepare for human infection and researchers evaluate the use of drones in spraying insecticide in irrigated areas of land in Zanzibar.

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The Fever - a film by Katharina Weingartner

November 5, 2019 - 12:42 -- Malaria World
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The Fever portrays the fight against malaria as a case study--in greed and courage. For The Fever Katharina Weingartner focuses on the complex history, present and future of malaria and observes the search for a solution. Could millions of deaths have been prevented, if ancient medical knowledge had been taken more seriously?

Podcast: Researchers Image Mode of Action of Quinoline Drug Class

November 1, 2019 - 10:01 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 1 November 2019

Researchers image the mode of action of quinoline drugs, the function of rhomboid proteases is dynamically detailed and the WHO declares that 7 million cases of malaria have been reported in Burundi this year.

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The Infravec2 consortium provides Vector Biology research resources at no cost

October 29, 2019 - 17:05 -- Malaria World

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New from MESA: Meet the MESA Correspondents that will cover the Keystone Symposia conference "The Malaria Endgame"

October 29, 2019 - 10:42 -- MESA Alliance

The MESA Correspondent volunteers report on the latest in malaria research from conferences around the world. The synopses are shared online, enabling people who could not attend the meeting to read about the latest advances. The MESA Correspondents Program is a collaboration between MESA and the conference organizers.

New from MESA: Conferences without walls

October 28, 2019 - 16:11 -- MESA Alliance

It’s Sunday evening in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and the four young career researchers that will cover the 6th Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) Annual Conference as MESA Correspondents have finally met each other. After many email exchanges, it’s time to put faces to names. While sharing a tasty Cameroonian meal, the group discusses how scientific meetings offer the opportunity of hearing cutting edge research and valuable lessons learnt from peers and mentors, but are also the perfect environment to exchange information, generate new ideas and gain knowledge and skills. Together with the MESA team, the group discusses the program and the presentations that each Correspondent will have to report on and realises how both broad and niche disciplines in the field of malaria and related topics will be covered in the meeting. Another point of discussion is the fact that a growing number of conferences are held globally, but as both calendars and budgets are limited, not everyone interested in all these meetings can attend.

Podcast: The Forgotten Insecticide Developed by the German Military

October 25, 2019 - 14:41 -- Malaria Minute

Malaria Minute, 25 October 2019

Scientists at New York University investigate a forgotten insecticide developed by the German military and researchers unearth why severe malaria is often accompanied by tissue damage and organ failure. Listen to this Pocast

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