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Is your coffee contributing to malaria risk?

Is your coffee contributing to malaria risk?

Researchers at the University of Sydney and University of São Paulo, Brazil, estimate 20 percent of the malaria risk in deforestation hot spots is driven by the international trade of exports including: coffee, timber, soybean, cocoa, wood products, palm oil, tobacco, beef and cotton. “What does this mean for affluent consumers?” asks senior author Professor …

Experimental anti-malarial drug shows promise in first clinical trial

Experimental anti-malarial drug shows promise in first clinical trial

A fast-acting anti-malarial compound discovered at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was well tolerated and showed promising anti-malarial effects in the first study in humans. The findings appear online first this week in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. “The results support further development of the compound SJ733 as a fast-acting component of combination anti-malarial therapy,” …

Diseases That Cause Most Deaths Among Vulnerable People

Diseases That Cause Most Deaths Among Vulnerable People

London -Diseases like tuberculosis and malaria largely ravage low-income countries, with the situation made worse by poor nutrition and sanitation Deadly viruses and diseases, like tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, have historically hit poorer nations harder as many are treatable or preventable and eliminated in wealthier nations. So-called “poverty diseases” largely ravage low-income countries, with the …

WHO urges countries to ensure the continuity of malaria services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the resilience of robust health systems around the world. Recognizing the heavy toll that malaria exacts on vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the region’s fragile health infrastructure, WHO underlines the critical importance of sustaining efforts to prevent, detect and treat malaria. “As COVID-19 continues its rapid spread, …

Could Malaria Drugs Effectively & Safely Treat COVID-19 Patients?

Could Malaria Drugs Effectively & Safely Treat COVID-19 Patients?

In the race to find a treatment for COVID-19, two malaria drugs, chloroquine and its derivative hydroxychloroquine, have reared their heads as promising candidates.  Although evidence that these drugs could effectively and safely treat those with COVID-19 is still anecdotal, many health experts and politicians are confident they will work, without causing too many side …

Malaria breakthrough drugs testing research study

Malaria is an incredibly devastating disease that regularly infects hundreds of millions of people every year, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths. In tropical areas, the disease runs rampant as infected mosquitoes spread the parasite from person to person. The most common preventative measures to curb the spread are mosquito nets and pesticides to keep ...

Gene tweak kills whole population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in lab

Scientists have killed a whole population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in their lab by using modified genes that make the killer insects infertile. Researchers at London's Imperial College used "gene drive" technology to spread a genetic modification that blocks female reproduction while letting male mosquitoes continue to spread those altered genes. The results, published Monday in ...