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Falciparum malaria parasite carried by mosquitoes might be cerebral but has it been outsmarted? PA/Danny Lawson

New twist in age-old war against malaria parasite

Cerebral malaria, or malaria of the brain, means being deeply unconscious with perpetual cycles of seizures and spasms. It can cause death, or often disability. About 600,000 people suffer this terrible…
Enjoy it while it lasts. DeGust

Fighting malaria requires new diagnostic tools

Malaria hits rural dwellers in poor countries the hardest. Those bitten by the wrong mosquito often do not know for many days that they have contracted malaria. Some have little or no access to doctors…
Mosquito nets can protect at-risk children from malaria. Flickr: YoHandy

Poorest children twice as likely to catch malaria

About half of the world’s population are at risk of contracting malaria. In 2011, there were 26m reported cases and more…
Bill Gates is in Australia as part of efforts to secure funds for global health initiatives, particularly polio and malaria eradication. Gates Foundation

Polio eradication efforts need money and political commitment

Global health campaigner Bill Gates is in Sydney today to lobby prime minister Julia Gillard to spend more money on global health, particularly the fight against malaria and polio. But while money may…
Despite predictions of a close election, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak celebrates with senior party members after their ruling party managed to retain power. EPA/Shamshahrin Shamsudin

Malaysian election: keeping the status quo

In Malaysia, disgruntlement and promise of change tends to result in the retention of the status quo. Enthusiastic reformers (pretenders or otherwise) are noisier rather than effective. Voters, at the…
The new research boosts our understanding of how the human body fights malaria infections transmitted from mosquitoes. http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeweed/3553113835/

Research reveals how the body fights malaria

New Australian research has, for the first time, shown exactly how blood cells called platelets kill the parasite that causes…

Genome of malaria parasite sequenced

Scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of the malaria-causing parasite, plasmodium vivax. The parasite shows the…

Step forward for malaria treatment

A new drug compound has successfully cured malaria in mice models, according to University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers…
Aedes aegypti causes about 100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide every year. Stephen Doggett/Medical Entymology

Time to regulate the release of GM mosquitoes – and here’s how

Mosquito-borne diseases remain one of the greatest global threats to human health. Genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes hold great potential to reduce the burden of disease but as research moves from the…
Up to one million Africa children die of malaria every year. US Army Africa

Genetically modifying parasites to find the best malaria vaccine

The great burden of death and disease caused by the malaria parasite often goes unnoticed in the developed world. But it’s the leading cause of death in children under five years old in many sub-Sahara…

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