Tag Archives: malaria

How Malaria Killed 450000 Romans?

An analysis of 2,000-year-old human remains from several regions across the Italian peninsula has confirmed the presence of malaria during the Roman Empire, addressing a longstanding debate about its pervasiveness in this ancient civilization. The answer is in mitochondrial genomic evidence of malaria, coaxed from the teeth of bodies buried in three Italian cemeteries, dating back to the Imperial period ...

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Forget Mosquitos Developing Resistance, Insecticide-Treated Nets Still Effective: Study

Despite resistance in malaria-causing mosquitoes to insecticides, researchers say insecticide-treated nets may still help prevent malaria. These nets have contributed to the prevention of millions of deaths due to malaria, but in recent years, there has been growing concern that mosquitoes are becoming resistant to the pyrethroid insecticides used on the nets, making them less effective. However, the impact of ...

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India targets Malaria Elimination by 2030, Is it Feasible?

Every new government in India vows to keep Malaria at bay and so is the current government which has launched a National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India 2016-2030 with Health Minister J. P. Nadda reiterating that the country stands committed to “to allocating infrastructure and financial resources to this task.” The launch announcement was aligned with the 2014 regional ...

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How to Keep Dengue Mosquitoes Away? India Under Dengue Attack

More than 30 people have lost their lives in Delhi alone due to Dengue outbreak, which is becoming a bigger threat in Bangalore now. Delhi faced its worst dengue crisis in five years, with 4,500 positive cases have already registered so far this year, and the Indian capital is paying the price for not taking proper preventive measures to stem Dengue which ...

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Did You Know Dengue Can Affect Your Eyesight?

As Dengue cases are soaring high in India, especially in the national capital; another dreadful aspect of it being able to cause loss of eyesight has been discovered. As explained by a research, published in the journal “Survey of Ophthalmology” some ordinary ocular expressions due to dengue are subconjunctival, edema and retinal hemorrhages with symptoms ranging from scotomata, floaters and ...

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New Study Shows How Malaria Parasite Enters the Body

Malaria is one of many diseases that don’t have a vaccine yet, although it takes several lives each year. Now, a new study by American journalists has indicated a possible area through which the malaria parasite enters the body. Malaria is originated from a parasite called “Plasmodium falciparum” that is transferred to human bodies through mosquito bites. The report stated ...

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New trial drug shows promise to cure, prevent malaria in single dose

Researchers across U.S and Australia have discovered a new drug, which though in its trial stage, has showed promise to cure malaria in only one single dose, besides being an effective preventive therapy too. The new study by Dr. Margaret Phillips who is the professor of Pharmacology at Southwestern showed that DSM265 – the new drug, could fall “among the first single-dose cures ...

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Harsh Vardhan Reveals New Promising Drugs for Malaria, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Union science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan, a physician himself and former health minister, said India has made a breakthrough in developing drugs for malaria, osteoporosis and diabetes, which will be released into markets soon. These are the three major ailments Indians are facing currently. Harsh Vardhan, former health minister, who has been moved to Science and Technology now, said ...

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Scientists reveal how ‘O’ blood group protects against malaria

Many South africans, especially those fron Nigeria, have been known for malaria resistance and now for the first time Scandinavian scientists have decoded the reason why the protection in the form of ‘O’ blood type is inherent in them naturally. The team from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden identified a new and important piece of the puzzle by describing the key part ...

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‘Vitamin A’ Highly Effective in Saving Kids from Malaria: study

Vitamin A, known for its properties to fight off infection, is highly effective in  protecting children against the mosquito-borne malaria parasite, a study said. Children under the age of 5 in sub-Saharan Africa were 54 percent less likely to develop malaria if they had been given a single large dose of vitamin A, the study showed. “Our research found that ...

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Existing drug found effective to treat cerebral malaria: study

Rapamycin, a drug recently approved for treating neurological diseases, was found to be effective in treating even cerebral malaria, research has found. In another interesting twist, the researchers discovered that stopping food or reducing food intake during the first two days of infection could protect against the disease. In animal model, treating mice with the drug rapamycin protected them against ...

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Malaria Parasite’s Drug Resistance Decoded, Reveals Study

A recent study has revealed that malaria parasites slow down their own growth to develop resistance against powerful anti-malarial drugs. According to an international team of researchers from 11 countries, knowing how the malaria parasites develop drug resistance will help healthcare workers treat malaria patients in a better manner. “To find out exactly what the parasite cell is doing to ...

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Malaria Drug Resistance in South East Asia: Cause Identified

Growing resistance to malaria drugs in Southeast Asia is caused by a single mutated gene inside the disease-causing Plasmodium falciparum parasite, a Columbia University-led study has found. The finding provides public health officials around the world with a way to look for pockets of emerging resistance and potentially eliminate them before they spread. As per the report, though malaria deaths ...

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Dramatic Fall in Malaria Deaths, reports WHO

The number of people dying due to malaria has reduced dramatically since 2000 as more people are treated and due to the use of more bed nets, according to the annual report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). As per the report, the number of people infected fell from 173 million in 2000 to 128 million in 2013. The organisation ...

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Anti-Malarial Compound to Eliminate Parasite

An anti-malarial compound was discovered by a team of researchers that tricks the immune system into rapidly destroying red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite without harming healthy cells. The compound named (+)-SJ733 was developed from a molecule identified in previous research from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that helped to jumpstart worldwide anti-malarial drug development efforts. In this ...

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60 Malaria-Transmitting Mosquito Species Identified

A genetic study has revealed that not every mosquito but only 60 species of mosquitoes have evolved to better spreading malaria parasite out of 450 different species. These are genetically better at transmitting malaria than even some of their close cousins, the study said. The study may advance understanding about the biological differences between mosquitoes that transmit malaria, and ultimately, ...

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Rishi Kapoor Released from Lilavati Hospital

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor has been discharged from the hospital where he was admitted with malaria. The 62-year-old Kapoor family icon was hospitalised on Wednesday at the Lilavati hospital in Mumbai with malaria but was discharged after his recovery by night, reported IANS quoting sources. “Rishi Kapoor is absolutely fine now and he got discharged last night (Thursday night),” a ...

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Be ready to combat vector borne diseases

A small bite by a seemingly trifling organism can really turn your life upside down. Can you believe the fact that Vector borne diseases cause more than one million deaths each year? Yes, the number of deaths from vector born diseases is increasing alarmingly. Under tropical conditions of excessive heat and high humidity, man is subject to serious physical and ...

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