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New Compounds Might Help Stop Spread of Malaria

Posted 22 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 – Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites, but scientists report they have discovered compounds that might keep mosquitoes from spreading the sometimes deadly disease. "Current anti-malarial drugs can cure a person of the disease, but that person is still infectious to mosquitoes, and can therefore still cause someone else to become infected," ...

New, Natural Pesticides Effective Against Mosquitoes: Study

Posted 20 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 – A new class of natural-based mosquito repellents appears to be effective, researchers report. Each year, nearly 700 million people worldwide contract mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, West Nile, Zika and dengue fever, resulting in more than 1 million deaths. Many mosquito species have become resistant to commonly used pyrethroid-based insecticides, so an urgent ...

FDA Approves Arakoda (tafenoquine) for the Prevention of Malaria

Posted 10 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – 60 Degrees Pharmaceuticals (60P) announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Arakoda (tafenoquine) tablets for the prevention of malaria in patients aged 18 years and older. For the first time in more than eighteen years, the U.S. FDA approved a new drug for the prevention of malaria. Millions of healthy individuals travel to ...

Thirsty Mosquitoes May Bite More in Droughts

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Your blood mght be a thirst quencher for mosquitoes during a drought. A new study found that while female mosquitoes need the protein in blood to lay eggs, they also bite you to stay hydrated. According to the research team from the University of Cincinnati, learning more about how often these insects need to drink blood in dry conditions could lead to new ways to fight ...

Malaria-Causing Parasite Mutating to Resist Multiple Drugs

Posted 3 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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