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Malaria-Causing Parasite Mutating to Resist Multiple Drugs

Posted 3 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – An outbreak of multidrug-resistant malaria in southeast Asia likely stems from two mutations of the malaria-causing parasite that combined a decade ago, according to new research. The parasite and mutations, carried by mosquitoes, spread rapidly in the region for five years before the malaria outbreak became apparent, the researchers said. Now, to reduce the risk of the ...

Swatting Teaches Mosquitoes a Lesson They Won't Forget

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Those pesky mosquitoes may be smarter than you thought: Turns out that swatting them away may actually teach them to leave you alone. Researchers found mosquitoes can be taught to associate the odor of a person or animal to a mechanical shock similar to being swatted. Once the pests learn the link, they'll avoid that scent – and their target. "Once mosquitoes learned ...

Genetic Tweaks in Mosquitoes Might Curb Malaria Transmission

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – Two new methods of genetic modification may reduce the risk of mosquitoes spreading the infectious disease malaria to people, researchers report. Malaria kills more than 400,000 people worldwide each year. It's a disease that's transmitted by mosquitoes to people. The majority of those who die from the disease are children aged 5 and under in sub-Saharan Africa. The ...

Malaria Drug Protected Mouse Fetus From Zika: Study

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – A malaria drug protected mice fetuses from the Zika virus, researchers report. In humans, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause severe brain damage in infants. In this study with pregnant mice, investigators found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine prevented Zika from crossing the placenta. "We found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine effectively blocks ...

Travelers Bring Malaria Back to U.S., With High Costs

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – Malaria sickens thousands of Americans and leads to millions of dollars in health care costs each year, a new study finds. Transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in the United States was stamped out decades ago. But it still affects Americans who travel to regions where it remains common, such as Africa, Asia and Latin America, and then bring it back home. Between ...

New Clues to Huge Jump in U.S. Mosquito Population

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – New research hints at why the number of mosquitoes has jumped 10-fold in the past 50 years in certain U.S. states: Increased urbanization and shrinking levels of the pesticide DDT in the environment could be major factors. "At first glance, recent increases in mosquito populations appear to be linked to rising temperatures from climate change, but careful analyses of data ...

Chickens Make Malaria Mosquitoes Fly the Coop

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Although a chicken may seem a strange choice for a bedfellow, sleeping with a poultry partner next to your bed could protect you from malaria, a new study suggests. Researchers found that one of the main mosquito species (Anopheles arabiensis) that transmits malaria in sub-Saharan Africa avoids chickens when looking for a meal of blood. The mosquitoes use their sense of ...

Malaria Vaccine Protection Short-Lived in Young Children

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – The world's most promising malaria vaccine appears to offer short-lived protection, fading away within a matter of years, a new clinical trial reveals. Even worse, the vaccine – dubbed RTS,S/AS01 – might increase children's long-term risk of contracting malaria if they live in a region with heavy transmission of the mosquito-borne parasite, the researchers found. The ...

Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Study

Posted 10 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – An experimental malaria vaccine protects a majority of adults against the mosquito-borne virus for up to one year, according to the results of a small study. The findings also showed those who were vaccinated couldn't spread the virus to others. "These results are really important," researcher Kirsten Lyke, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, ...

Zika Virus Was in Haiti Long Before Brazil Outbreak: Study

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – New research suggests the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti months before Brazil's first cases were reported last spring. "We know that the virus was present in Haiti in December of 2014," said Dr. Glenn Morris, director of University of Florida's Emerging Pathogens Institute. "And, based on molecular studies, it may have been present in Haiti even before that date." ...

Life-Saving Health Care in Poor Nations Would Cost $5 Per Person: Study

Posted 10 Apr 2016 by

SUNDAY, April 10, 2016 – The cost of health care that could save the lives of millions of children and their mothers every year would be less than $5 per person, researchers report. The money would expand basic health services – such as birth control, nutritional supplements and medication to treat serious illnesses such as pneumonia and malaria – in 74 low- and middle-income countries. Those ...

Combo Treatment Protects Pregnant Women, Fetuses From Malaria in Study

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – A combination drug therapy widely used to treat malaria in adults also protects pregnant women and their fetuses from the disease, according to a new study. Malaria is a leading cause of premature birth, low birth weight and death among infants in Africa, the researchers said. Most Africans develop immunity to malaria by adulthood, but women lose some of this immunity ...

Preventable Ills Cause Nearly 8 Million Childhood Deaths Globally

Posted 25 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Most of the nearly 8 million deaths of children and teens around the world in 2013 were avoidable, a new report says. More than 6 million children younger than 5 lost their lives because of treatable conditions like malaria, diarrhea and respiratory tract infections, according to pediatric researchers who've analyzed results of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. ...

Pediatricians' Group Urges Action on Climate Change

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 – Dirtier air, heat stress, greater exposure to Lyme disease – these and other threats to children will increase because of climate change, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns. Doctors and policy makers must take steps to protect youngsters from the hazardous effects of climate change, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a new policy statement. "Every child ...

Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to have led to an increase in malaria deaths last year, a new study finds. Research in Guinea, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, indicates an extra 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014, compared to previous years. As a result, deaths associated with malaria (a mosquito-borne disease) also rose ...

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