Caltech-Developed Method for Delivering HIV-Fighting Antibodies Proven Even More Promising

In 2011, biologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) demonstrated a highly effective method for delivering HIV-fighting antibodies to mice—a treatment that protected the mice from infection by a laboratory strain of HIV delivered intravenously. Now the researchers, led by Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, have shown that the same procedure is just as effective against a strain of … Read more

Study is first to explain type of antimalarial drug resistance

WASHINGTON — A Georgetown University professor published in the online journal PLOS ONE the first study explaining why drugs designed to fight off malaria stop working in some people with the disease. Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite, killed more than 650,000 people in 2010 – most of them children in Africa, according to the … Read more

HealthMobile – Medical App Built in Africa Launches at Tinapa.


Healthcare delivery around the globe is taking a new technological twist and it is  refreshing to know that Africa is not getting left behind. In this era of smart  devices and high internet connectivity, each of us deserves better access to  healthcare information from the ease of our mobile phones to better manage our  health … Read more

Researchers use nanoparticles to deliver vaccines to lungs

CAMBRIDGE, Mass– Many viruses and bacteria infect humans through mucosal surfaces, such as those in the lungs, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract. To help fight these pathogens, scientists are working on vaccines that can establish a front line of defense at mucosal surfaces. Vaccines can be delivered to the lungs via an aerosol spray, but … Read more

New whole plant therapy shows promise as an effective and economical treatment for malaria


Research by scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and UMass published today in PLOS ONE may point the way toward a new model for malaria treatment that could also be a socioeconomic stimulus for developing nations


Worcester, Mass. – In the worldwide battle to curtail malaria, one of the most prevalent and deadly infectious diseases of the developing world, drug after drug has fallen by the wayside as the malaria parasite has become resistant to it. Only artemisinin, derived from the sweet wormwood plant, Artemisia annua, remains as an effective treatment, but it is expensive to produce (particularly when combined with other antimalarial medications to make it less prone to resistance) and is frequently in short supply.

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