App tells your doctor if you have malaria
Only a few spare seats remain in the crowded waiting room at Kiruddu General Hospital, overlooking Lake Victoria on Kampala's southern tip. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria, Diarrhoea Most Prevalent in FCT's Kobi Village
[This Day] Abuja -Malaria and diarrhoea have been discovered to be the most prevailing ailments in Kobi village, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory, which is behind Asokoro, a highbrow residential area within the same area council. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New Field Test Discerns Between Ebola and Lookalike Fevers
At the close of the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola crisis, the Paul G. Allen Foundation identified diagnostic gaps as one of the major deficiencies that had contributed to the outbreak’s spread. “The standard diagnostic tests that exist are very good, but they’re hard to do out in the field in the middle of an outbreak like we saw in West Africa,” said John Connor, a virologist at the Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL). Instead, samples need to be sent to a facility capable of running the tests, which means it could...
Source: MDDI - December 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Killing the liver-stage malaria parasite with baculovirus: a drug discovery approach
(Kanazawa University) Currently, few antimalarial treatments exist that effectively kill liver-stage malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax, which can lay dormant for months or even years. Researchers at Kanazawa University have reported a new drug that could eliminate liver-stage malaria parasites completely. Using an insect virus, known as a baculovirus, the researchers investigated the ability of baculovirus to mediate innate immunity against malaria infection. This work could pave the way for developing new and more effective antimalarial treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Simple and rapid test for Ebola diagnosis could improve outbreak control
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) David Sebba and colleagues have created a point-of-care diagnostic test that, in fewer than 30 minutes, distinguishes Ebola infections from other endemic diseases that share similar initial symptoms, such as Lassa fever and malaria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pregnant women, young children most likely to use bed nets to prevent malaria
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) When households in sub-Saharan Africa don't have an adequate number of insecticide-treated bed nets, pregnant women and children under five are the most likely family members to sleep under the ones they have, leaving men and school-aged children more exposed to malaria, new Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) research suggests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Health: In Remote Villages, Surprising New Measures Save Children With Malaria
Malaria quickly kills toddlers. But rapid diagnostic tests, a new suppository drug and bicycle ambulances can buy enough time to get stricken children to hospitals. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Malaria Children and Childhood Ambulances Bicycles and Bicycling Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Zambia World Health Organization Cipla Ltd Gates, Bill and Melinda, Foundation Africa Deaths (Fatalities) Source Type: news

What are Some of the Causes of SGA?
Discussion Intrauterine growth retardation or fetal growth retardation is due to a pathological process that causes decelerated fetal growth velocity. Small-for-gestational age (SGA) is an infant with growth parameters below the normal range for gestational age. More commonly, SGA is defined as a birth weight
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Half a million tests and many mosquitoes later, new buzz about a malaria prevention drug
(University of California - San Diego) Researchers spent two years testing chemical compounds for their ability to inhibit the malaria parasite at an earlier stage in its lifecycle than most current drugs, revealing a new set of chemical starting points for the first drugs to prevent malaria instead of just treating the symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Toward a chemical vaccine for malaria
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - December 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Phillips, M. A., Goldberg, D. E. Tags: perspective Source Type: news

Open-source discovery of chemical leads for next-generation chemoprotective antimalarials
To discover leads for next-generation chemoprotective antimalarial drugs, we tested more than 500,000 compounds for their ability to inhibit liver-stage development of luciferase-expressing Plasmodium spp. parasites (681 compounds showed a half-maximal inhibitory concentration of less than 1 micromolar). Cluster analysis identified potent and previously unreported scaffold families as well as other series previously associated with chemoprophylaxis. Further testing through multiple phenotypic assays that predict stage-specific and multispecies antimalarial activity distinguished compound classes that are likely to provide ...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Antonova-Koch, Y., Meister, S., Abraham, M., Luth, M. R., Ottilie, S., Lukens, A. K., Sakata-Kato, T., Vanaerschot, M., Owen, E., Jado Rodriguez, J. C., Maher, S. P., Calla, J., Plouffe, D., Zhong, Y., Chen, K., Chaumeau, V., Conway, A. J., McNamara, C. W Tags: Chemistry, Microbiology, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Zambia Pilot Demonstrates How to Save Lives, Scale Relief for Children Suffering from Malaria
ByCathy Green Senior technical adviser for community engagement, MAMaZ Against Malaria,Paula Quigley Technical lead, DAI Global HealthDecember 04, 2018The secret: motivated, well-trained community health volunteers.Thousands of infants and children in rural Zambia suffer or die unnecessarily from malaria each year because they lack access to high-quality medicines and proper medical care. But a recent pilot program shows how trained local volunteers administering crucial medicine can keep a child well enough to be transported to a health care facility for further, potentially lifesaving treatment.With technical and finan...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

South Africa: At Mandela 100, Global Fund Builds On South Africa's Progress Against HIV
[Global Fund] Johannesburg -The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strengthened its partnership with South Africa in the fight against HIV, announcing a new grant aimed at capitalizing on strong HIV programs to make even greater progress in treatment and prevention, in protecting and promoting human rights, and in strengthening health systems. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Researchers look at several Indonesian medicinal plants as potential natural cures for malaria
(Natural News) Malaria is a common parasitic disease, affecting more than 216 million people and putting more than 3.2 billion people at risk. Majority of the recorded malaria deaths can be attributed to Plasmodium falciparum infection since this parasite was observed to be resistant to most antimalarial drugs. Plants are now being explored for novel... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: ‘ From Nothing to Gangbusters ’ : A Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease Proves Effective in Africa
Already used in Western countries, hydroxyurea eased painful episodes in African children with the condition. It also reduced the risk of malaria infection. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Children and Childhood Sickle Cell Anemia Malaria Transfusions Africa New England Journal of Medicine Hydroxyurea Source Type: news

AI-health startups account for 7 of 10 IBM Watson AI XPrize finalists
The health startups use AI to tackle a range of problems including malaria, addiction and diabetes.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Nigeria: NGO Commences 1-Year Anti-Malaria Campaign in FCT
[Daily Trust] A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Fountain of Saints Outreach (FSO), will commence a malaria preventive programme in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from November 29 which will last till October 26, 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Featured Review: Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) combined with pyrethroids in insecticide ‐treated nets to prevent malaria in Africa
Review confirms that using pyrethroid-PBO treated nets to prevent malaria is more effective at killing mosquitoes in areas where there is a high level of resistance to pyrethroids.The distribution of nets treated with pyrethroid insecticides has been very effective in reducing malaria transmission during the past two decades in Africa. However, there has been a rise in the number of mosquitoes developing resistance to pyrethroids, which is the only class of insecticides currently used to treat nets.In a new Cochrane review, an independent team of review authors led byKatherine Gleave andNatalie Lissenden at the Liverpool S...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: To Stop Ebola, Health Workers Target Malaria in Outbreak Zone
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The town of Beni in North Kivu province, currently battling the worst Ebola outbreak in Congo's history, has also seen an eight-fold increase in malaria cases since last year (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Malawi Not On the List of 11 Malaria Concentrated Countries
[Malawi News Agency] Chikwawa -World Malaria 2018 report released on November 19, 2018 has shown that Malawi is not on the list of 11 Malaria concentrated countries in Africa and the World at large. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi: HI Has Proved Effective for Malaria Prevention
[Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -House Improvement (HI) has been proved as an effective way in malaria prevention following the research conducted by Majete Wildlife Reserve Malaria Project (MWRMP). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

BU study: Modified malaria drug proven effective at inhibiting Ebola
(Boston University) Robert Davey, professor of microbiology at Boston University School of Medicine and researcher at Boston University's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), discovered that certain derivatives of amodiaquine, a medication typically used to treat malaria, could provide a new therapeutic approach to treating patients infected with Ebola virus disease by blocking the viruses from entering cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Fight Against Malaria Needs Combination of Innovative Science and Communities
[The Conversation Africa] Current strategies to prevent malaria using bed nets and insecticides protect millions of people from malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Last year 175 million bed nets treated with insecticide were delivered across sub-Saharan Africa. Between 2000 and 2015 bed nets are estimated to have prevented an estimated 450 million malaria cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: Govt Urged to Intensify Campaign Against Malaria
[Ghanaian Times] Sunyani -Government has been urged to intensify its efforts at controlling malaria, particularly in the rural and farming communities in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rwanda: Rwanda Registers Drop in Malaria Cases
[New Times] Cases of people suffering and dying from malaria in Rwanda have reduced significantly, demonstrating that efforts to make the country a malaria free nation are paying off, according to latest statistics. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A new aspect in Plasmodium falciparum life cycle revealed: 'Express' sexual conversion
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Conversion from the asexual to the sexual phase of the malaria parasite is necessary for its transmission to the mosquito. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GM mosquito trial sparks ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ lab fears
Burkino Faso malaria test raises stakes at UN biodiversity conferenceThousands of genetically modified mosquitoes are to be released in Burkina Faso as a step towards the world ’s first field test of “gene-drive” technology.The trial, which has been funded by organisations linked to the Gates Foundation, Facebook, and – indirectly – the Pentagon, is part of a project to eradicate malaria, but it has prompted concerns among local civil society organisations, who say their country is being set up as a laboratory for “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” technology before the risks are fully ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 25, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jonathan Watts in Sharm el-Sheikh Tags: Malaria Burkina Faso Medical research Africa World news Genetics Biology US news Biodiversity Science Source Type: news

FT Health: Progress stalls in fight against malaria
Mental health costs, DNDI’s Bernard Pécoul, sleep bonus (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Uganda: Malaria Cases Increase - Report
[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda registered an estimated increase of more than 100,000 malaria cases between 2016 and 2017 despite the various preventive interventions against the disease, the World Malaria Report 2018 reveals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Domestic Resources Needed in Fighting Malaria - Who
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -A new report on malaria which was released yesterday came along with a call from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for countries to mobilise domestic resources to combat it. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Namibia Makes Strides in Tackling Malaria
[allAfrica] The Namibian government and its health partners seem to be at the forefront of the battle against malaria, as WHO launches a new country-driven "High burden to high impact" response plan to support countries with the most malaria cases and deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Faith Leaders Mobilize Distribution of 26,000 Mosquito Nets to Eliminate Malaria in Rural Namibia
[J.C. Flowers Foundation] J.C. Flowers Foundation, which is working toward eliminating malaria in southern Africa, has joined forces with BASF, one of the world's leading chemical companies, to deliver 26,000 Interceptor ® long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets to rural and remote Namibia. Today, community and Anglican faith leaders gathered in the northern town of Ondangwa to mobilize a broad-reaching initiative that aims to reduce and ultimately eliminate malaria from the border regions of southern Afric a. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 21, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria progress stalls, new report says
Malaria has killed one person per minute this year. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Malawi: NGO Distributes 8.2 Million Mosquito Nets
[Nyasa Times] In its first phase in the campaign to fight malaria, World Vision Malawi has distributed 8.2 million mosquito nets in the distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) in the country's 28 districts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Among Worst Malaria Hit Countries in 2017 - WHO Report
[Daily Trust] About 70 percent of all malaria cases and deaths recorded in 2017 occurred in Nigeria and 10 other countries, the 2018 World Malaria Report has revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: WHO Launches Plan to Tackle Malaria in Nigeria, Others
[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched an action plan to reduce global rates of infections and deaths from malaria, especially in Nigeria and 10 other countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Getting the Global Malaria Response Back on Track
[allAfrica] The foreword to the 2018 World malaria report by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization: (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Health Groups Kickstart Country-Based Drive to Reverse Stalled Prevention Efforts
[Malaria Consortium] The annual World Malaria Report, which is published today, reveals that progress against one of the world's biggest killers has stalled. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Malaria Cases Rise Again, Prompting Drive to Fight Back
[Malaria Consortium] The latest World Malaria Report, published today by the World Health Organization, shows that malaria cases have increased for the second consecutive year, with an estimated 219 million cases globally in 2017 - a rise of more than 2.5 million. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: World Health Agency Launches New Bid to Control Malaria
[WHO] Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World Malaria Report 2018. To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WHO: Malaria reductions stall after progress
The World Health Organization says reductions in the number of people contracting malaria have stalled after several years of global declines (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Faltering malaria fight should refocus on high-risk countries, says WHO
Global health authorities need to counter a worrying lull in the fight against malaria by focusing their efforts on the near-dozen mostly African countries where it claims most lives, the World Health Organization said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Malaria on the rise in more than 13 countries, experts warn
After almost two decades of decline, malaria cases have significantly risen in 13 countries, prompting concern that much more is needed to combat the epidemic. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill
Deaths from the disease plummeted from 2000 to 2013, but are now stuck at over 400,000 a year. Donor giving is flat, and some countries are not doing enough to protect their citizens. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Malaria Mosquito Nets Pesticides Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria President's Malaria Initiative World Health Organization Africa Nigeria Artemisinin Southeast Asia Source Type: news

Anti-Malaria drugs have shown promise in treating cancer, and now researchers know why
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Anti-malaria drugs known as chloroquines have been repurposed to treat cancer for decades, but until now no one knew exactly what the chloroquines were targeting when they attack a tumor. Now, researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania say they have identified that target -- an enzyme called PPT1. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 15, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Disrupting parasites' family planning could aid malaria fight
(University of Edinburgh) Malaria parasites know good times from bad and plan their offspring accordingly, scientists have found, in a development that could inform new treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 15, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Protection and Security Before, During, and After Insecticide Use
Source: World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Published: 11/2018. This training package contains a series of training videos for vector control program workers in the Region of the Americas. Diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Chagas disease have become important public health problems; the successful use of pesticides depends on their appropriate use in controlling these diseases. These videos cover personal protective measures and biosafety (before, during, and after insecticide fogging); operation, calibration, and maintenance of public health equipment u...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about quinine in tonic water
Doctors have used quinine to treat malaria for centuries. It is also what gives tonic water its bitter taste. Learn more about quinine here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Stronger Referral Systems Are Saving Lives in Senegal
November 14, 2018Communities in two regions can now transport urgent cases from health huts to larger facilities —and more are following suit.en fran çaisImagine you are a mother in a remote village and your one-year-old daughter is diagnosed with severe malaria. If left untreated, it will kill her.  Imagine that the nurse at the nearest health post tells you he doesn ’t have the medicine necessary to help your daughter.Imagine there is no ambulance, no safety net, and no way for you to get her the urgent help she needs, leaving you with one unimaginable option —watching her die. In Seneg...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Africa: Novel Approach Brings African Scientists Closer to a Malaria Vaccine
[The Conversation Africa] Malaria is still a major problem in Africa. There are over 200 million clinical cases each year and approximately half a million deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 14, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news