Research shows efficacy of malarial drug Chloroquine in treating Zika infection

Zika virus remains a major global health risk. In most adults, Zika causes mild flu-like symptoms. But in pregnant women, the virus can cause serious birth defects in babies including microcephaly a neurological condition in which newborns have unusually small heads and fail to develop properly. There is no treatment or way to reverse the … Continue reading Research shows efficacy of malarial drug Chloroquine in treating Zika infection

Malaria drug Chloroquine helps fight treatment resistant brain cancer

After her brain cancer became resistant to chemotherapy and then to targeted treatments, 26-year-old Lisa Rosendahl's doctors gave her only a few months to live. Now a paper published in the journal eLife describes a new drug combination that has stabilized Rosendahl's disease and increased both the quantity and quality of her life: Adding the … Continue reading Malaria drug Chloroquine helps fight treatment resistant brain cancer

Novel diagnostic test for malaria using holographic imaging and artificial intelligence using deep learning

Duke researchers have devised a computerized method to autonomously and quickly diagnose malaria with clinically relevant accuracy -- a crucial step to successfully treating the disease and halting its spread.In 2015 alone, malaria infected 214 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 438,000. While Western medicine can spot malaria with near-perfect accuracy, it can be difficult … Continue reading Novel diagnostic test for malaria using holographic imaging and artificial intelligence using deep learning

New vaccine targets found for Plasmodium vivax Malaria

Thousands died and more than 13 million people fell ill with malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium vivax last year. There is no vaccine for the disease, partly because multiple strains of P. vivax circulate globally, making it difficult to develop a vaccine. Now, researchers studying a protein crucial for the parasite's survival have found … Continue reading New vaccine targets found for Plasmodium vivax Malaria