News From The Early Online Journal Of Clinical Investigation

Evasion tactics of a malaria-causing parasite revealed Malaria caused by infection with the parasite Plasmodium falciparum is a major cause of death and morbidity. Among immune factors, antibodies that prevent P. falciparum from invading red blood cells (erythrocytes) are believed to be important components of immunity against malaria. However, the targets of these antibodies have […]

Less Drugs May Be Best Drugs For Treating Malaria

The current dosage of drugs used in treating malaria may be helping the parasites become resistant to the drugs faster, without improving the long-term outcome in patients. According to evolutionary biologists, studies using mice suggest that the optimal use of the drugs might slow the spread of drug resistance while making the patient just as […]

Mosquito Net Usage By Children Reaches 85% In Tombouctou, Mali

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Mali mobilized communities and partners in June/July 2007 to deliver nearly 200,000 LLINs free of charge to children aged between 6 and 59 months, via an integrated health campaign. As a result of this campaign in two of Mali’s hardest-to-reach regions, the number of mosquito nets per household doubled […]

Malaria Consortium Supports Launch Of Affordable Medicines Facility For Malaria In New Report

Today the All Party Parliamentary Malaria Group publishes a report on a new mechanism aimed at making malaria treatment affordable in the developing world. This new mechanism aims to increase access to life saving artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) by reducing the cost of the drugs to patients in poor countries who need them. “The Right […]

Devastating Social And Economic Losses Caused By Lymphatic Filariasis

Sri Lankans infected with lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis) experience severe loss of income, social isolation, and devastating stigma resulting in emotional distress, delayed diagnosis, and avoidance of treatment. These were the findings of a new study by Myrtle Perera (Marga Institute, Sri Lanka), David Molyneux (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK) and colleagues […]

New Genetic Lineage Of Ebolavirus Discovered In Great Apes

Since its discovery 30 years ago, Ebolavirus has struck repeatedly in several epidemics breaking out mainly in Central Africa. Gorillas and chimpanzees are also victims of the violent haemorrhagic fever attacks the virus triggers. With the aim of understanding more of Ebola’s action mechanisms, scientists collect viral RNA samples from infected individuals at each outbreak. […]