French professor faces disciplinary case over hydroxychloroquine claims
Didier Raoult stands accused of touting drug as a coronavirus treatment without evidenceA French professor who touts the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment – without evidence, scientists say – will appear before a disciplinary panel charged with ethics breaches, an order of doctors has said.Marseille-basedDidier Raoult stands accused by his peers of spreading false information about the benefits of the drug. His promotion of hydroxychloroquine wastaken up by the US and Brazilian presidents, Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, who trumpeted its unproven benefits in a way critics say put...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Agence France-Presse in Marseille Tags: France Coronavirus Europe Infectious diseases Science Medical research World news Health Drugs Microbiology Source Type: news

Africa: How Can Countries Continue to Combat Malaria During a Pandemic?
[African Arguments] With medical disruptions due to COVID-19 likely to kill more people in Africa than the disease itself, two countries provide interesting lessons. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 12, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gambia: 'Malaria Is Responsible for Many Deaths in Gambia'
[The Point] Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, the minister for Health says malaria is responsible for lots of deaths in The Gambia both in children and adults. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Southern Africa: SADC E8 Calls for Vigilance On Malaria Day Amid Covid-19
[SAnews.gov.za] The newly appointed chairperson of the SADC Elimination 8 Health Minister's Council, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has called on communities to remain vigilant in the fight against malaria, while battling the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Travellers Urged to Take Malaria Precautions
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Health has urged communities affected by malaria and travellers to malaria endemic areas to take the necessary precautions to prevent contracting the disease, and seek treatment when they experience signs and symptoms. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 6, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Southern Africa: As the Malaria Season Begins, Covid-19 Complicates the Picture
[The Conversation Africa] Two of the nine global public health awareness days are associated with malaria: World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April, and World Mosquito Day, which commemorates the discovery by Sir Ronald Ross on 20 August 1897 that Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria parasites to humans. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - November 6, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

When malaria parasites trick liver cells to let themselves in
(Instituto de Medicina Molecular) A new study led by Maria Manuel Mota, group leader at Instituto de Medicina Molecular, now shows that malaria parasites secrete the protein EXP2 that is required for their entry into hepatocytes. These findings, published today in the scientific journalNature Communications, open a new avenue for prophylactic anti-malarial strategies, since blocking or decreasing the infection of the liver can prevent the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Kole Families Stuck Over Malaria Drugs Shortage
[Monitor] Several mothers in Aboke Sub-county in Kole District are stranded with sick children at home due to the shortage of anti-malarial medication in the area. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 3, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UC researchers pioneer more effective way to block malaria transmission in mosquitoes
(University of California - Irvine) Employing a strategy known as 'population modification,' which involves using a CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive system to introduce genes preventing parasite transmission into mosquito chromosomes, University of California researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Malaria Ravages Villages in Tiaty Amid Drugs Shortage
[Nation] An upsurge of malaria cases has been reported in several villages in Tiaty East Sub-county, with hard-hit facilities reeling under a biting shortage of drugs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 2, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malaria test as simple as a bandage
(Rice University) A test for malaria looks like a bandage, but can diagnose the disease in minutes without the need for medical expertise or specialized equipment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Upping Anti-Malaria Intervention As Weapon Against Poverty
[This Day] Onyebuchi Ezigbo writes that the worrisome statistics of malaria prevalence in Nigeria has necessitated the need to up anti-malaria intervention as a weapon against pervasive poverty, especially in rural areas (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Exposure to suboptimal doses of antimalarial drugs could, under certain circumstances, increase mala
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Exposure to suboptimal doses of the antiparasitic drug artemisinin could increase the sexual conversion rate of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, thereby increasing the probability of transmission, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by " la Caixa " Foundation. The findings, published ineLife, may have public health implications, particularly in the context of mass antimalarial drug administration campaigns. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study reveals differences in malaria clearance between males and females
(eLife) Females are able to clear asymptomatic malaria infections at a faster rate than their male counterparts, says a study published today ineLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A Malaria Mystery, Partly Solved: What Happens When the Rains End?
A study in Mali suggests that malaria parasites hide out during the dry season by altering the properties of red blood cells. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Malaria Parasites Mosquitoes Immune System Spleen Nature Medicine (Journal) Africa your-feed-health your-feed-science Source Type: news

West Africa: Malaria Consortium to Pilot Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention Outside Sahel for First Time
[Malaria Consortium] Mozambique's Ministry of Health officials met with staff from Malaria Consortium at a kick off meeting to launch an exciting new research study that could see further gains made towards malaria elimination in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Global Fund Partnership Has Saved 38 Million Lives - but Covid-19 Could Wipe Out Progress
[Global Fund] Geneva -- A new report by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a call to action to urgently invest to protect decades of progress against HIV, TB and malaria that are being derailed as a knock-on effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: ALGON Endorses Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation's Malaria Eradication Project
[This Day] Abuja -- The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has endorsed the Malaria Eradication Project of the Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation, during a meeting between the association's leadership and Prince Ned Nwoko on Tuesday at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 23, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New RefSeq annotations for mouse, maize, sunflower and more!
In August and September, the NCBI Eukaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline released new annotations in RefSeq for the following organisms: Amphiprion ocellaris (clown anemonefish) Anopheles stephensi (Asian malaria mosquito) Aplysia californica (California sea hare) Bactrocera oleae (olive fruit fly) Branchiostoma floridae (Florida lancelet) Egretta garzetta (little egret) Folsomia candida (springtail) Fundulus heteroclitus (mummichog) Halichoerus grypus (gray seal) Helianthus … Continue reading New RefSeq annotations for mouse, maize, sunflower and more! → (Source: NCBI Insights)
Source: NCBI Insights - October 22, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: NCBI Staff Tags: What's New eukaryotic genome annotation RefSeq Source Type: news

Nigeria: May and Baker Set to Confront Malaria With New Brand
[This Day] Nigeria's leading pharmaceutical manufacturer, May and Baker Nigeria Plc. has introduced a new anti-malarial medicine that promises to revolutionise malaria disease treatment in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Treat Malaria As National Health Emergency, NEMP Tells Govt
[This Day] The Coordinator of National Malaria Elimination Programme, (NEMP), has asked the federal government to tackle malaria as a national health emergency in the same manner COVID-19 pandemic is being handled. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Preventive drugs halve malaria cases in African schoolchildren
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Giving preventive drugs to school-age children in Africa substantially reduces malaria infections and cases of anaemia, according to a new study in The Lancet Global Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study: Malaria-preventive drugs dramatically reduce infections in school children
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) Use of preventive antimalarial treatments reduces by half the number of malaria infections among schoolchildren, according to a new analysis published today in The Lancet Global Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: Indoor Residual Spraying Effective to Control Malaria, Says Expert
[Nyasa Times] Mana -- Malaria Control Programme Manager, Dr. Michael Kayange has said Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is an effective way of Malaria control if properly done. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sudan: Polio Cases Increase in Sudan, Malaria Rife in North Darfur
[Radio Dabanga] Wad Madani / El Fasher / Khartoum -- The Health Emergencies Committee of El Gezira, south of Khartoum, reported four new cases of polio in the state. In North Darfur, nearly 60,000 people are stricken by malaria. Between October 10 and 18, 39 new coronavirus patients were recorded in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The volunteers lining up for Covid-19 challenge trials
Non-profit organisation 1Day Sooner has attracted over 38,500 willing participantsCovid: firm secures £10m to infect young volunteers to hasten vaccineHuman challenge trials – in which young, healthy volunteers are intentionally infected with a virus to allow vaccines and treatments to be tested quickly – have been used in the fight against diseases ranging from typhoid and cholera to malaria.Withthe announcement on Tuesday of such trials to help develop a vaccine against Covid-19 there is a key difference – there are as yet very few proven therapies for the virus and we know little about its long-t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus UK news Infectious diseases Science Medical research Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria Parasites in Nigeria Are Genetically Diverse - a Danger but Also a Useful Tool
[The Conversation Africa] Malaria is one of the world's most dangerous parasitic disease and a major public health challenge, especially in Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Invasive Mosquito Species Could Bring More Malaria to Africa's Urban Areas
[The Conversation Africa] A species of mosquito that can carry malaria - known as Anopheles stephensi - has invaded eastern Africa and is quickly moving across the region. Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, asked Jeremy Herren and Clifford Mutero to provide insights into why this invasion is happening and what can be done to protect people from it. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New evidence to guide the practice of blood transfusions in children with severe malari
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Blood transfusions increase the survival of children admitted to the hospital with complications by severe malaria, and could be beneficial even at higher haemoglobin levels than those currently recommended. These are the main findings of a study led by ISGlobal, a centre supported by " la Caixa " Foundation, and published in The Lancet Haematology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: New Malaria Mosquito Threatens Mass Outbreaks in Africa
[SciDev.Net] Africa has just months to react to an invasive malaria mosquito that thrives in cities, before the situation escalates beyond control, experts warn. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

To Decolonize Global Nursing and Midwifery, Let ’s Rethink How We Train Health Workers
By Stembile Mugore, Senior advisor for health sector performance and sustainability, IntraHealth International Beatrice Aciro, midwife and graduate of Good Samaritan School of Nursing& Midwifery, conducts a practical exercise with students. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth InternationalOctober 15, 2020When I trained as a nurse/midwife in the United Kingdom, I learned about heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. They were part of the curriculum because they were among the most common diseases in the UK.But when I went back home to Zimbabwe—a country that had just declared its independence from a col...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Midwives Nurses Source Type: news

Covid-19: training dogs to sniff out the virus
What does a disease smell like? Humans might not have the answer, but if they could talk, dogs might be able to tell us. Able to sniff out a range of cancers and even malaria, canines ’ extraordinary noses are now being put to the test on Covid-19. Nicola Davis hears from Prof Dominique Grandjean about exactly how you train dogs to smell a virus, and how this detection technique could be used in managing the spread of Covid-19Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Nicola Davis and produced by Madeleine Finlay and David Waters Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science Medical research Microbiology Dogs Animals Source Type: news

Scientists shed new light on mechanisms of malaria parasite motility
(eLife) New insight on the molecular mechanisms that allow malaria parasites to move and spread disease within their hosts has been published today in the open-access eLife journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Chemists create new crystal form of insecticide, boosting its ability to fight mosquitoes and malaria
(New York University) Through a simple process of heating and cooling, New York University researchers have created a new crystal form of deltamethrin -- a common insecticide used to control malaria -- resulting in an insecticide that is up to 12 times more effective against mosquitoes than the existing form. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 12, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COVID-19: Examining Theories for Africa ’ s Low Death Rates
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post COVID-19: Examining Theories for Africa’s Low Death Rates appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Africa Headlines Health Source Type: news

‘It’s a Game for Them.’ Scientists Around the World Are Teaching Dogs to Sniff Out COVID-19
Steve Lindsay, a public health entomologist at Durham University, is midway through explaining how dogs might play a role in detecting COVID-19 infections when a decidedly less-well trained canine interrupts our conversation. “If you’ll excuse me for a minute, I’ve got a naughty black Labrador out in the back garden doing something it shouldn’t be doing,” Lindsay says. He disappears. I hear barking. He returns accompanied by a chocolate lab. “She’s not as skilled as the detection dogs,” Lindsay says as the pup tries to lick his face. “But it’s really interesting t...
Source: TIME: Health - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

‘It’s a Game for Them.’ Scientists Around the World Are Teaching Dogs to Sniff Out COVID-19
Steve Lindsay, a public health entomologist at Durham University, is midway through explaining how dogs might play a role in detecting COVID-19 infections when a decidedly less-well trained canine interrupts our conversation. “If you’ll excuse me for a minute, I’ve got a naughty black Labrador out in the back garden doing something it shouldn’t be doing,” Lindsay says. He disappears. I hear barking. He returns accompanied by a chocolate lab. “She’s not as skilled as the detection dogs,” Lindsay says as the pup tries to lick his face. “But it’s really interesting t...
Source: TIME: Science - October 9, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Nigeria: Chevron Invests $5m in Fight Against TB/HIV
[Leadership] Chevron has revealed that it is spending over $5 million (about N1.9 billion) to support the federal government's fight against tuberculosis, malaria and HIV in the country since 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 9, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Curb Malaria Threat
[Nation] The national attention may now be riveted on the raging Covid-19 pandemic, but there are also other serious health challenges that must not be ignored. Should the health authorities take their eyes off some of these perennial scourges, the consequences could be more devastating, as the deadly coronavirus, which has been wreaking havoc for more than six months, is not over yet. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NYUAD researchers discover immune evasion strategy used by Malaria-causing parasite
(New York University) A team of researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has found that the Plasmodium parasite, which transmits malaria to humans through infected mosquitos, triggers changes in human genes that alter the body's adaptive immune response to malarial infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hydroxychloroquine does not counter SARS-CoV-2 in hamsters, high dose of favipiravir does
(KU Leuven) Virologists from the KU Leuven Rega Institute in Belgium have shown that a treatment with the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not limit SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus replication in hamsters. A high dose of the anti-flu drug favipiravir, by contrast, has an antiviral effect in the hamsters. The team published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Superstition, Fuel Woes Stall Malaria Prevention Measures
[The Herald] Meandering on the belly of Shamva, about 123km from Harare, is Mazowe River which is rich in gold deposits, making it a source of livelihood for many. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 8, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New model may explain rarity of certain malaria-blocking mutations
(PLOS) A new computational model suggests that certain mutations that block infection by the most dangerous species of malaria have not become widespread in people because of the parasite's effects on the immune system. Bridget Penman of the University of Warwick, U.K., and Sylvain Gandon of the CNRS and Montpellier University, France, present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 8, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Africa: The United States Announces Humanitarian Assistance for the Sahel Crisis Response
[State Department] Today, the United States announced nearly $152 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region countries of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Mali. This funding includes nearly $67 million from the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and more than $85 million from U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 8, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Togo: Malaria Consortium Expands Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention to Togo
[Malaria Consortium] Malaria Consortium is pleased to announce the expansion of its seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) programme to support implementation in Togo. Bringing extensive experience of SMC delivery, Malaria Consortium will support the government's National Program for the Fight Against Malaria (PNLP) to deliver this highly effective, lifesaving intervention to around 180,000 eligible children in the Savanes region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 7, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria - 90% of Life-Saving Interventions Still On Track - Official
[Premium Times] Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, over 90 per cent of life-saving malaria intervention campaigns scheduled for this year are still on track. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 7, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: 90% of Life-Saving Malaria Interventions Still On Track - Official
[Premium Times] Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, over 90 per cent of life-saving malaria intervention campaigns scheduled for this year are still on track. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 7, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Experts Say Africa Must Scale-Up Malaria Protection for Pregnant Women
[Vanguard] Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, malaria - one of the world's oldest diseases - is impacting disproportionately on pregnant women and children aged under five. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 6, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: How Smartphones Could Help Improve Child Health
[The Conversation Africa] Many low- and middle-income countries, such as Malawi, continue to experience high child mortality rates. Most of these deaths are caused by preventable and treatable diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 6, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Global Fund and Chevron - United Against HIV, TB and Malaria
[Global Fund] Geneva -- The Global Fund and Chevron Corporation have celebrated a 12-year partnership that served as an example of the private sector's contribution to the fight against infectious diseases and to building resilient health systems. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news