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NPR Examines Legacy Of Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Institute Of Research In Battle Against Malaria

“As the Walter Reed Army Medical Center decamps from its D.C. campus this month and merges with the Bethesda Naval Hospital five miles away,” NPR reports on the legacy of “the center’s Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, housed for the past decade on its own campus in Maryland, just outside Washington, [as] one of the world’s premier research centers for infectious diseases.” The piece, which is part of the news agency’s series on the closure of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, notes, “No other place has done as much to prevent and treat malaria. And certainly, no one has done it so cheaply.”

Using High-Speed Lasers To Zap Mosquitoes In The Fight Against Malaria

In this post on CNN’s Global Public Square, journalist Amar Bakshi interviews Nathan Myhrvold, former chief technology officer of Microsoft and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, about an anti-malaria project “that use[s] lasers and digital image processing techniques to not only find mosquitoes … but also to determine the gender of the mosquito” before zapping female…

Researchers Targeting Ancient Algal DNA In Malaria Parasites

NPR’s health blog “Shots” describes how scientists are targeting biological structures called apicoplasts in malaria parasites in developing new medications to fight the infection. Without apicoplasts, which are not common in most species, malaria parasites die, so a drug developed to target them would theoretically kill the parasites, the blog notes.

Disappearance Of Mosquitoes From Some Parts Of Africa Puzzles Researchers

“Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are disappearing in some parts of Africa, … indicat[ing] controls such as anti-mosquito bed nets are having a significant impact on the incidence of malaria in some sub-Saharan countries,” researchers report in a paper published in Malaria Journal, according to BBC News. But the team of Danish and Tanzanian “researchers say mosquitoes are also disappearing from areas with few controls,” and “[t]hey are uncertain if mosquitoes are being eradicated or whether they will return with renewed vigor,” the news agency writes (McGrath, 8/26).

ABC News Features Six Videos On Global Health Issues

ABC News on Thursday posted six videos in its “World In 3” health series. The three-minute videos examine malaria in Uganda, neglected tropical diseases in Niger, pneumonia in the Philippines, sleeping sickness in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tuberculosis in South Africa, and parasitic worms in Brazil (8/25).

Faith-Based Organizations Assist In Fight Against Malaria

Natasha Bilimoria, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses the importance of faith-based organizations in battling malaria in this post on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Reaching people where they live, work and worship is as important for supporters as…

Global Fund To Resume Suspended Grants To China

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which “froze disbursements of its AIDS grant to China in November and all other grants in May over suspected misuse of the money and the government’s reluctance to involve community groups, … said Tuesday that it was lifting the freeze on financing to ensure that AIDS work in China continued while it worked with government officials, representatives from United Nations agencies and private groups to resolve the dispute,” the Associated Press reports.

Gains Against Malaria Recognized On World Mosquito Day

Sarah Kline, executive director of Malaria No More UK, writes in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” about World Mosquito Day, which is recognized annually on August 20 to commemorate the discovery 114 years ago that female mosquitoes transmit malaria among humans.

New Open Access Journal On Malaria

A post in the “Malaria Matters” blog announces “a new open access journal on malaria: Malaria Chemotherapy, Control and Elimination,” which “has been recently launched by Ashdin Publishing.” According to the blog, “[t]he journal aims to bridge basic and applied malaria research in tropical and other settings” (Brieger, 8/21).

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