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    Administering Malaria Drugs to Mosquitoes

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -- In a Disneyesque animated film, one could imagine thousands of anthropomorphized mosquitoes dressed in military fatigues waiting in long lines to be administered their antimalaria pills before they shuffle off to the battlefront. Obviously, in the real world, the method of administration would be much different, but the concept would be similar—dosing mosquitoes with drugs that would prevent them from being susceptible to the malaria parasite. In that vein, investigators from Imperial College London have identified compounds that could prevent malaria parasites from being able to infect mosquitoes, halting the spread of disease. Findings from the new study were published today in Nature Communications through an article titled “ A high throughput screen for next-generation leads targeting malaria parasite

    New compound could prevent malaria parasites from maturing inside mosquito

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -- Researchers have identified compounds that could prevent malaria parasites from being able to infect mosquitoes, halting the spread of disease.

    Platelets kill circulating parasites of all major Plasmodium species in human malaria

    Thursday, September 20, 2018 -- Platelets are understood to assist host innate immune responses against infection, although direct evidence of this function in any human disease, including malaria, is unknown. Here we characterized platelet–erythrocyte interactions by microscopy and flow cytometry in patients with malaria naturally infected with Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium malariae, or Plasmodium knowlesi. Blood samples from 376 participants were collected from malaria-endemic areas of Papua, Indonesia, and Sabah, Malaysia. Platelets were observed binding directly with and killing intraerythrocytic parasites of each of the Plasmodium species studied, particularly mature stages, and was greatest in P vivax patients. Platelets preferentially bound to the infected more than to the uninfected erythrocytes in the bloodstream. Analysis of intraerythrocytic parasites indicated the frequent occurrence of platelet-associated

    Drugs that stop mosquitoes catching malaria could help eradicate the disease

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -- Researchers have identified compounds that could prevent malaria parasites from being able to infect mosquitoes, halting the spread of disease.

    Malaria-infected children give off a distinctive smell that makes them even MORE attractive to mosquitoes

    Saturday, September 15, 2018 -- (Natural News) According to a study, malaria-infected children emit a unique smell through their skin and it makes them “even more attractive to mosquitoes.” The study was published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and it involved researchers from Cardiff University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Wageningen University.  The study is the first of its... Read More