Malaria

Now, nanomimics to fight against malaria parasites

malariaLondon, Dec 10 - Scientists have recently developed nanomimics that would help fight against the malaria parasites, it has been revealed.

Researchers at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute have now developed so-called nanomimics of host cell membranes that trick the parasites.

Anti-cancer drugs may help curb malaria too

medicineWashington, Aug 26 - A new study has revealed that a search for new drugs to fight malaria has identified a number of compounds, some of which are currently under to treat cancer.

Laser optical tweezers provide insights into malaria parasites' RBC invasion

malariWashington, August 20 - Researchers have found interactions between the malaria-causing parasite and red blood cells using a tool called laser optical tweezers.

Scientists modify mosquitoes to produce only males as new method to eradicate malaria

malariaWashington, June 11 - Scientists from Imperial College London have modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create males, pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria.

In the study, scientists have tested a new genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite, so that the female mosquitoes that bite and pass the disease to humans are no longer produced.

New method to fight Malaria drug resistance discovered

MalariaWashington, Apr 18 - An anti-malarial treatment that lost its status as the leading weapon against the deadly disease could be given a new lease of life, with new research indicating that it simply needs to be administered differently.

How body's immune system fights off malaria

How body's immune system fights off malariaWashington, Jan 14 : By using a strain of mice that mimics many of the features of the human immune system and can be infected with the most common human form of the malaria parasite, a team of scientists has identified a key host defense mechanism.

Newly developed holograms may help end scourge of malaria

malariaWashington, Nov 6 - Researchers have developed digital holograms of malaria sperm which has given them fresh insights into the behaviour of these tiny life forms.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh and the Rowland Institute at Harvard University were able to see that malaria sperm move in an irregular, lopsided corkscrew motion, which enables them to twist to the left or the right, as well as go forwards and backwards.

Funding gap leads to slowdown of fight against malaria: WHO

 Funding gap leads to slowdown of fight against malaria: WHO	Geneva, Dec. 18 : Years 2010-2012 witnessed a slowdown in the global fight against malaria compared with previous years due to funding gap, said a World Health Organization (WHO) report on Monday. 

Overdiagnosis and mistreatment of malaria widespread in parts of Asia

  Overdiagnosis and mistreatment of malaria widespread in parts of Asia London, July 25 : Researchers have warned that substantial overdiagnosis and mistreatment of malaria is evident in south and central Asia.

With more than two billion people at risk of malaria in this part of Asia - larger than that of Africa - this is a major public health problem that needs to be confronted, they noted.

GM tobacco plants can fight drug-resistant malaria

 GM tobacco plants can fight drug-resistant malaria New Delhi, Feb 13 : Israeli scientists have developed genetically altered tobacco plants, which contain a natural compound that can fight drug-resistant malaria.

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