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How Ancient Chinese Remedies and a Secret Research Program Led to a Nobel Prize
“These drugs have had a huge impact. We were in danger of running out of effective drugs to use in Southeast Asia—the artemisinins have been a life-saver there,” said Dr. Terrie Taylor, a malaria expert and researcher at Michigan State University. “In sub-saharan Africa, the artemisinin combination therapies are affordable and safe, and when used in combination with rapid diagnostic tests for malaria, make rapid and effective diagnosis and treatment more widely available than ever before.”
Malaria Doesn't Have to be a Death Sentence
The sad truth about malaria is that it continues to be one of the most deadly conditions in the world. In 2013, 128 million people contracted malaria, of whom more than half a million died, and 1.2 billion people were at high risk of contracting the infection. Every minute a person dies from malaria, and by the time you are finished reading this piece, nearly three people will have died.