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Open Access | Viewpoint: Health systems strengthening through insurance subsidies: the GFATM experience in Rwanda

December 17, 2009 - 13:10 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Andreas Kalk , Natalie Groos , Jean-Claude Karasi and Elisabeth Girrbach
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Tropical Medicine & International Health Volume 15 Issue 1, Pages 94 – 97

This project intends to enhance financial access to health care by subsidising health insurance for the poor in order to combat the three diseases successfully.

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Open Access | Cell and Molecular Biology: Shape- and Chemical Feature-Based 3D-Pharmacophore Model Generation and Virtual Screening: Identification of Potential Leads for P. falciparum DHFR Enzyme Inhibition

December 17, 2009 - 13:08 -- Patrick Sampao
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Legesse Adane, Dhilon. S. Patel and Prasad V. Bharatam
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Chemical Biology & Drug Design, Volume 75 Issue 1, Pages 115 - 126

The hits reported in this article showed good potential to be inhibitors of the above Pf DHFRs based on their (i) best-fit values (ii) binding scores (iii) binding modes and (iv) interactions with the key amino acid residues (Asp54, Ileu/Leu164, Asn/Ser108 and Ile14).

Open Access | Clinical Microbiology: Are malaria treatment expenditures catastrophic to different socio-economic and geographic groups and how do they cope with payment? A study in southeast Nigeria

December 17, 2009 - 13:05 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Obinna Onwujekwe , Kara Hanson, Benjamin Uzochukwu , Hyacinth Ichoku , Edith Ike and Benjamin Onwughalu
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Tropical Medicine & International Health, Volume 15 Issue 1, Pages 18 – 25

To determine the inequities in the household income depletion resulting from malaria treatment expenditures, the sacrifice of basic household needs (catastrophe) and the differences in payment strategies among different socio-economic and geographic groups in southeast Nigeria.

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Short communication: Investigation of memory responses following Plasmodium chabaudi AS infection in mice distinct in susceptibility to clinical malaria

December 16, 2009 - 10:44 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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Jiraprapa Wipasa, Panida Hemsokana, Tunlaya Ruankham & Surat Hongsibsong
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Parasitology Research, Volume 106, Number 1 / December, 2009 : 283-287

This study aimed to investigate the development of memory responses in susceptible A/J and resistant C57BL/6 mice which differ in the degree of susceptibility to clinical malaria following P. chabaudi AS infection.

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Amaranthus oleracea and Euphorbia hirta: natural potential larvicidal agents against the urban Indian malaria vector, Anopheles stephensi Liston (Diptera: Culicidae)

December 16, 2009 - 10:34 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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Preeti Sharma, Lalit Mohan & C. N. Srivastava
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Parasitology Research, Volume 106, Number 1 / December, 2009 : 171-176

The present work highlights the larvicidal property of extracts of Amaranthus oleracea and Euphorbia hirta against the third instar larvae of Anopheles stephensi, the urban malaria vector.

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Plasmodium falciparum culture: The benefits of shaking

December 16, 2009 - 08:03 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Richard J.W. Allen, Kiaran Kirk
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Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, Volume 169, Issue 1, January 2010, Pages 63-65, doi:10.1016/j.molbiopara.2009.09.005

Here, extending previous work, we have quantified the favourable effects of continuous agitation on three indices of culture growth

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Open Access | Plasmodium falciparum Infection Significantly Impairs Placental Cytokine Profile in HIV Infected Cameroonian Women

December 15, 2009 - 21:00 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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Kfutwah A, Mary JY, Lemen B, Leke R, Rousset D, et al.
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PLoS ONE 4(12): e8114

These results show that P. falciparum infection profoundly modifies the placenta cytokine environment and acts as a confounding factor, masking the impact of HIV-1 in co-infected women.

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Open Access | Comparative Analysis of the Global Transcriptome of Anopheles funestus from Mali, West Africa

December 15, 2009 - 20:53 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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Serazin AC, Dana AN, Hillenmeyer ME, Lobo NF, Coulibaly MB, et al.
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PLoS ONE 4(11): e7976

In aid of future genomic sequencing of An. funestus, we explored the whole body transcriptome, derived from mixed stage progeny of wild-caught females from Mali, West Africa.

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Open Access | Synergy between Repellents and Organophosphates on Bed Nets: Efficacy and Behavioural Response of Natural Free-Flying An. gambiae Mosquitoes

December 15, 2009 - 20:47 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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Pennetier C, Costantini C, Corbel V, Licciardi S, Dabiré RK, et al.
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PLoS ONE 4(11): e7896

These field trials argue in favour of the strategy of mixing repellent and organophosphate on bed nets to better control resistant malaria vectors.

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Open Access | Antibody-Dependent Transplacental Transfer of Malaria Blood-Stage Antigen Using a Human Ex Vivo Placental Perfusion Model

December 15, 2009 - 20:42 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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May K, Grube M, Malhotra I, Long CA, Singh S, et al.
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PLoS ONE 4(11): e7986

Here we studied Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1) that is released upon erythrocyte invasion.

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