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Clinical implications of asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infections in Malawi

Asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infections are common in Malawi, however, the implications of these infections for the burden of malaria illness are unknown.

Discovery of novel malaria parasite behavior offers new target for treatment

The researchers have discovered that malaria parasites can occupy sites outside the bloodstream, specifically in the bone marrow and spleen where red blood cells are formed. The studies show in animal models and human infection that this is the major niche for the development of malaria transmission stages and a significant reservoir for the parasite's replicative stages.

Admission EEG findings in diverse pediatric cerebral malaria populations predict outcomes

Electroencephalography at hospital presentation may offer important insights regarding prognosis that can inform understanding of cerebral malaria (CM) pathophysiology and potentially guide patient selection and risk stratification for future clinical trials.

Gaining Ground Against Cerebral Malaria

Cerebral malaria remains a huge problem in sub-Saharan Africa, killing hundreds of thousands of children every year. Work being done in Malawi, however, may one day be able to change that. Adrian Burton investigates.

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.