The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared, "A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century". With few signs of new drugs becoming available, the rising trend of resistance to antimicrobial pharmaceuticals is one of the most critical and worrying issues facing the global community and has the potential to relegate humanity back to an era not experienced in decades.
With repeated exposure, germs develop resistance to antimicrobials which, eventually, cease to be effective in the treatment of particular illnesses. More and more resistant organisms, which include bacteria, fungi, viruses and some parasites, are withstanding attacks by antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, and antimalarials, so that treatments are increasingly proving ineffective, allowing infections to persist.
Researchers published promising findings, while a pharmaceutical company applied for the first-ever regulatory approval of malaria vaccine
Celebrating a new treatment for malaria is one thing. Celebrating a new way to infect people with the parasite is another.
Access to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) and quinine in malaria holoendemic regions of western Kenya
Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) has been adopted as the most effective treatment against malaria in many endemic countries...
Last year, Prof Henk Bouwman of North-West University and co-authors published a paper in a respectable journal, Environmental Research, claiming that DDT spraying led to thinning of bird eggshells.
The environmental science journal Environmental Research has published an article by nine malaria experts exposing major errors in a research paper on DDT and bird eggshells.
In Southern Africa, the malaria season typically begins with the summer rains in November and ends in April. In this region, the co-ordination of malaria control efforts between neighbouring states has dramatically reduced the incidence of malaria.
Al Jazeera's report by Mara Kardas-Nelson (DDT's pesky proponents Apr. 21, 2014) rakes over old ground and is replete with misstatements and falsehoods.
Claims that climate change will increase the spread of malaria are not new and have been made countless times. Repeatedly making the claim, however, does not make it true.
An MSF report found that malaria cases in Bossangoa had more than tripled to 6,507 in May with almost two-thirds of those children under the age of five.
A new assay is inexpensive, simple, and can tell whether or not one of the primary drugs being used to treat malaria is genuine - an enormous and deadly problem in the developing world.
Scientists undertaking a "Herculean study" in malaria parasite development recently announced that they are getting closer to disrupting the life-cycle of the parasite—one of the world's deadliest diseases.
A new formulation of the popular anti-malarial drug Coartem has been launched in Kenya.
Scientists in Britain believe they have a promising new lead in preventing the transmission of malaria.Read more »
While significant advances have been made in the prevention and treatment of malaria in recent years, these successes continue to fall short of the World Health Organization (WHO) goals for malaria control and elimination.
Albeit pregnancy-associated malaria (PAM) poses a potential risk for over 125 million women each year, an accurate review assessing the impact on malaria in infants has yet to be conducted.
"We have become doctors for ourselves": motives for malaria self-care among adults in southeastern Tanzania
Prompt and appropriate treatment of malaria with effective medicines remains necessary if malaria control goals are to be achieved.
Identification of morphological and chemical markers of dry- and wet-season conditions in female Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes
Increased understanding of the dry-season survival mechanisms of Anopheles gambiae in semi-arid regions could benefit vector control efforts by identifying weak links in the transmission cycle of malaria.
Towards rapid genotyping of resistant malaria parasites: could loop-mediated isothermal amplification be the solution?
Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is an innovative molecular technique that has been validated for point-of-care testing to diagnose malaria.Read more »