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Single-Dose Of Experimental Malaria Drug Clears Parasites In Mice, Represents Potential New Class Of Drugs To Treat Malaria In Humans

An experimental malaria drug was shown to effectively treat the disease in mice with only a single dose, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science, Reuters reports (Kelland, 9/2). The new drug, known as NITD609, “represents an entirely new class of medicines to treat malaria … Human trials, backed by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG, could begin later this year,” the Wall Street Journal writes (Naik, 9/3).

Nature News Examines How Scientists, Farmers Are Working To Meet The Growing Demand For Artemisinin

“From bust to boom to bust again: artemisinin, the key ingredient of front-line antimalarial drugs, is entering the third chapter of its turbulent history,” Nature News writes in an article that examines the challenges scientists and farmers are facing as they attempt to keep up with the growing demand for the compound just as a “$343-million initiative starts to battle malaria through hugely subsidized medicines.”

WHO Calls On Countries To Prevent, Control Spread Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Amid the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the WHO on Friday urged countries to take greater action to limit the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, CIDRAP News reports. “Calling such pathogens ‘a growing and global public health problem,’ the WHO said, ‘Countries should be prepared to implement hospital infection control measures to limit the spread of multi-drug resistant strains and to reinforce national policy on prudent use of antibiotics, reducing the generation of antibiotic resistant bacteria,'” according to the news service (Roos, 8/20).

Health Leaders Gather To Discuss WHO’s Work In Africa

Health leaders from 46 African WHO member states gathered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday for the 60th session of the Africa Committee of the WHO, Agencia AngolaPress reports. According to the news service, meeting attendees will discuss a report on the WHO Africa’s activity in the region during the 2008-2009 period to evaluate the success and challenges associated with efforts to improve health outcomes in Africa (8/30).

Also In Global Health News: Hunger In Guatemala; Flooding Worsens Niger’s Food Crisis; ‘New Delhi’ Gene Name Concerns

Effort To Combat Hunger ‘Indispensable’ In Guatemala; Advocates Say More Needed “The efforts of public agencies, non-governmental organisations, private entities and international agencies have become indispensable in addressing the food crisis” in Guatemala, however “activists believe a greater public effort is necessary,” Inter Press Service reports. The article examines efforts…

Also In Global Health News: Syphilis In China; HIV Vaccine Development; Tracking Malaria Outbreaks; Ecuador’s Maternity Law

Journal Perspective Piece Discusses Rising Number Of Syphilis Cases In China In 2008, almost 9,500 babies were born with syphilis in China, “a 12-fold increase over a five year period,” according to a New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece, the “China Real Time Report” blog reports, adding that the resurgence of the disease is…

Science Special Issue Reports On Malaria

This week’s issue of Science features news articles focusing on recent progress on malaria control in Africa and discussing future challenges, including drug resistance.