• Mosquito-Feeding Study May Help Stem Dangerous Viruses
    Mosquitoes bite male birds nearly twice as often as they bite females, a finding that may help scientists understand how to stem some viruses from spreading to humans, new University of Florida research shows. In findings published online today in Royal Society Open ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Fighting Infectious Disease with Cloud Computing
    UC San Francisco (UCSF) is working to create an online platform that health workers around the world can use to predict where malaria is likely to be transmitted using data on Google Earth Engine. The goal is to enable resource poor countries to wage more targeted and ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Uncover New Way to Diagnose Malaria Using Magnetic Fields
    Over the past several decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a blood sample from a patient, a technician smears the blood across a glass slide, stains it with a special dye, and looks under a microscope for the Plasmodium parasite, which causes the ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Malaria's Clinical Symptoms Fade on Repeat Infections Due to Loss of Immune Cells
    Children who repeatedly become infected with malaria often experience no clinical symptoms with these subsequent infections, and a team led by UC San Francisco researchers has discovered that this might be due at least in part to a depletion of specific types of immune ...More
    August 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Cancer-Fighting Drugs Might Also Stop Malaria Early
    Scientists searching for new drugs to fight malaria have identified a number of compounds -- some of which are currently in clinical trials to treat cancer -- that could add to the anti-malarial arsenal. Duke University assistant professor Emily Derbyshire and colleagues ...More
    August 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Insights Into the Survival and Transmission Strategy of Malaria Parasites
    HP1 proteins are found in most eukaryotic organisms and are important regulators of gene silencing. In short, HP1 induces heritable condensation of chromosomal regions. As a result genes located within these regions are not expressed. Importantly, since this conformation is ...More
    August 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Alternative Protects Against Malaria in Mouse Model
    A study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers found that injecting a vaccine-like compound into mice was effective in protecting them from malaria. The findings suggest a potential new path toward the elusive goal of malaria immunization. Mice ...More
    August 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Resistance to Key Malaria Drug Spreading at Alarming Rate in Southeast Asia
    Resistance to artemisinin, the main drug to treat malaria, is now widespread throughout Southeast Asia, among the Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) parasites that cause the disease and is likely caused by a genetic mutation in the parasites. However, a six-day course of ...More
    July 30, 2014 Posted in News
  • One Route to Malaria Drug Resistance is Found
    Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug. The discovery, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, also is relevant for other infectious diseases including bacterial infections and tuberculosis. The ...More
    July 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Way to Trap, Kill Malaria Parasite
    Scientists may be able to entomb the malaria parasite in a prison of its own making, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report July 16 in Nature. As it invades a red blood cell, the malaria parasite takes part of the host cell’s ...More
    July 17, 2014 Posted in News
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