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New Recommendations for Mefloquine Use in Pregnancy

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends the antimalarial drug mefloquine for pregnant women both as a malaria treatment option and as an option to prevent malaria infection for all trimesters. Previously mefloquine was not recommended for the treatment of malaria in pregnant women. The change in recommendations is based on the recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) re-categorization of mefloquine from a pregnancy category C drug to category B, based on their...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends the antimalarial drug mefloquine for pregnant women both as a malaria treatment option and as an option to prevent malaria infection for all trimesters. Previously mefloquine...

Malaria Finding Points to Possible New Vaccine

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By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) - A vaccine or new drugs against malaria could be developed, British scientists said, after they made a critical discovery about the way the most deadly species of malaria parasite invades human red blood cells.

Researchers from the Sanger Institute pinpointed a single receptor for a protein that is critical for the parasite to gain entry into red blood cells before multiplying and spreading.

Blocking it could halt the killer disease in its tracks and may...

Promising Malaria Vaccine May Save Children's Lives

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Phase 3 study finds it's not perfect, but could still prevent tens of millions of cases a year

TUESDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- In an important first, a new vaccine has been shown to cut the risk of malaria in young African children by about half, according to research announced Tuesday.

Although the effectiveness shown in this Phase 3 trial is far less than the near-100 percent effectiveness often seen in childhood vaccines for other illnesses in the West, the findings are promising...

Many Nations on Course to Eliminate Malaria: WHO

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By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Nearly a third of all countries affected by malaria are on course to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease over the next 10 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.

In a progress report published by the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership at the start of an international Malaria Forum conference in Seattle, the United Nations health body said "remarkable progress" had been made.

Up to a third of the 108...

Mosquito Resistance to Bednets Fuels Malaria Worries

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By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) - Mosquitoes can quickly develop resistance to insecticide-treated nets, a study from Senegal shows, raising fears that a leading method of preventing the disease may be less effective than previously thought.

Researchers who studied malaria infections in a village in the West African country found that growing resistance to a common type of insecticide by Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes -- the species responsible for transmitting malaria to humans in Africa --...