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Last week at MalariaWorld: Genetically modified mosquitoes against malaria

November 27, 2015 - 10:41 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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Genetically modified mosquitoes to resist malaria
This week the press reported widely about the success of scientists at the University of California that have managed to modify a mosquito gene to make the insect's system turn on the malaria bug — and that the mosquitos will pass that gene on to successive generations. This technique still needs further testing and could be an add on to other malaria control techniques. A scientific succes and a public challenge.
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Pierre Lutgen and Mutaz Akkawi have contributed a new story in their Artemisia annua series... We welcome you to read his story: Zinc and beta-hematin inhibition.
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Testing for malaria reduces overprescription by over 70%

July 24, 2015 - 08:19 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Introducing rapid diagnostic tests in Ugandan drug shops improves treatment of malaria patients

Using malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) in registered drug shops in a highly endemic region in Uganda substantially reduced overdiagnosis of malaria, improving the use of valuable malaria drugs, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.

The International PfSPZ Consortium meets to review data and map out the clinical development pathway for the Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite-based vaccines

July 2, 2015 - 17:38 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Candidate vaccines based on injectable Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) sporozoites (SPZ), are being developed and tested. These include PfSPZ Vaccine, in which the PfSPZ are attenuated by irradiation; PfSPZ-CVac, in which fully infectious PfSPZ, PfSPZ Challenge, are attenuated in vivo by an anti-malarial drug, to allow only liver stage parasites to grow, and PfSPZ-GA1, in which the PfSPZ are attenuated by gene deletions.

Today is World Malaria Day: medicine fraud may be less than expected

April 25, 2015 - 13:40 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Poor quality and fake anti-malaria medicines can be deadly and cause a big problem in the fight against malaria. Previous reports indicated that up to 1/3 of the antimalarial medicines could be fake. A recent study of anti-malarials in Tanzania and Cambodia showed no evidence of fake medicines in these countries. So could it be that the problem of fake drugs in Africa is less than expected?


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