malaria http://kplu.org en Seattle-based PATH to help produce anti-malarial drug at cost http://kplu.org/post/seattle-based-path-help-produce-anti-malarial-drug-cost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Malaria remains one of the&nbsp;world’s biggest killers&nbsp;and also a massive economic drag on poor countries, poor families.</span></p><p>One of our best weapons against this scourge is a drug known as&nbsp;artemisinin, which is harvested from the plant sweet wormwood and, as a crop, is about as predictable as corn or hog futures.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:58:48 +0000 Tom Paulson 8380 at http://kplu.org Seattle-based PATH to help produce anti-malarial drug at cost Elixirs Made To Fight Malaria Still Shine On The Modern Bar http://kplu.org/post/elixirs-made-fight-malaria-still-shine-modern-bar This week, our colleagues over at the Shots blog have been talking a lot about malaria. And, here at The Salt, that got us thinking about one thing: gin and tonics.<p>As you probably know, tonic is simply carbonated water mixed with quinine, a bitter compound that just happens to cure a malaria infection, albeit not so well.<p>Turns out, gin and tonics aren't the only drinks with ties to the feverish disease. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:42:52 +0000 7433 at http://kplu.org Elixirs Made To Fight Malaria Still Shine On The Modern Bar Can spiders fight malaria? UW students think so http://kplu.org/post/can-spiders-fight-malaria-uw-students-think-so <p>By <strong>Cyan James</strong>, Humanosphere correspondent</p><p>A fresh crop of Changemakers has been identified by the Washington Global Health Alliance&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wghalliance.org/Media/WGHAAnnouncements/WGHANewsDetail/tabid/148/ArticleId/99/Announcing-the-winners-of-Be-the-Change-2012.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Be the Change</strong> </a>student competition. Among the three first place winners was a group of UW students who want to enlist a spider to fight malaria ...</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/05/changemakers-enlisting-spiders-to-fight-malaria/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 00:37:42 +0000 KPLU 5058 at http://kplu.org Can spiders fight malaria? UW students think so Infectious hope: When getting malaria makes sense http://kplu.org/post/infectious-hope-when-getting-malaria-makes-sense <p>By <strong>Cyan James</strong>, Humanosphere correspondent</p><p>Despite the potential annoyances&mdash;hours spent being screened , frequent health checks, irritating bites, painful twice-daily blood draws for weeks, not to mention the slamming headaches and vicious chills of malaria itself&mdash;people like Rasberry say being a malaria trials volunteer is worth it.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/04/infectious-hope-when-getting-malaria-makes-sense/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:56:59 +0000 KPLU 4872 at http://kplu.org Infectious hope: When getting malaria makes sense Bill Gates says innovation will beat malaria http://kplu.org/post/bill-gates-says-innovation-will-beat-malaria <p>Technology can triumph over one of the oldest plagues of humanity. That was the underlying theme of Bill Gates&rsquo; pep talk to malaria researchers gathered this week in Seattle:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;A key reason I think we will succeed is that we have the ability to innovate. This is really behind most of the improvements in the human condition. Innovation is one of&nbsp; the most powerful forces in the world.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:07:44 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2934 at http://kplu.org Bill Gates says innovation will beat malaria Malaria vaccine pushed by PATH and Gates shows some success http://kplu.org/post/malaria-vaccine-pushed-path-and-gates-shows-some-success <p>Leaders at the Seattle non-profit group PATH &ndash; and their sponsors at the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation&ndash; say they&rsquo;re <a href="http://path.org/news/pr111018-rtss-results.php">excited about the latest results from a malaria vaccine trial</a> in Africa. The interim results don&#39;t guarantee it will be a success, but it&rsquo;s the best any malaria vaccine has ever done.</p><p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 22:07:14 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2932 at http://kplu.org Malaria vaccine pushed by PATH and Gates shows some success Bill Gates vs. the mosquitoes, who's winning? http://kplu.org/post/bill-gates-vs-mosquitoes-whos-winning <p>Four years ago the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation called for the eradication of malaria. Since then it has spent <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/annual-letter/2011/Pages/malaria.aspx">nearly $2 billion in the effort</a>.</p><p>While there has been success, many still wonder: What factors are driving malaria away? What&#39;s causing the success? There are also many confounding factors at play ranging from climate change to the mysterious disappearance of mosquitoes in east Africa.</p><p> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 23:13:19 +0000 Keith Seinfeld & Tom Paulson 2909 at http://kplu.org Bill Gates vs. the mosquitoes, who's winning? Insecticide-resistant mosquitoes challenging Gates malaria efforts http://kplu.org/post/insecticide-resistant-mosquitoes-challenging-gates-malaria-efforts <p>The World Health Organization has long been worried over reports that <a href="http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110705/full/475019a.html">mosquitoes were increasingly resistant</a> to chemical-treated bed nets, a mainstay in the Gates Foundation-led, worldwide campaign against malaria.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:43:07 +0000 Larry Johnson 2359 at http://kplu.org Insecticide-resistant mosquitoes challenging Gates malaria efforts Microwaving malaria among winners of Gates grants http://kplu.org/post/microwaving-malaria-among-winners-gates-grants <p>The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded its latest set of grants supporting innovative scientific research aimed at solving problems in global health.</p><p>The grants, awarded through the Gates Foundation&rsquo;s $100 million Grand Challenges Exploration program, for this go-round appear to favor novel methods aimed at combating malaria.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/07/microwaving-malaria-and-the-other-latest-winners-of-gates-foundation-research-grants/">Read more</a></strong>.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:05:14 +0000 Tom Paulson 2078 at http://kplu.org Microwaving malaria among winners of Gates grants Seattle malaria researcher reacts to newly discovered mosquito http://kplu.org/post/seattle-malaria-researcher-reacts-newly-discovered-mosquito <p>One of the big news stories in the malaria world recently is the discovery, announced last week in the journal <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6017/596.abstract" jquery1297210612345="23" target="_blank"><strong><font color="#3366cc">Science</font></strong></a>, of a previously unknown type of mosquito that some reports said could threaten malaria control efforts in Africa.</p><p>Here’s the problem: Most malaria control efforts in Africa — bednets, spraying — are aimed at preventing mosquitoes from biting humans indoors at night. This newly discovered mosquito, dubbed “Goundry” (after the community in Burkina Faso where it was identified), appears to operate <strong>outdoors</strong>.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/02/new-skeeter-bugs-malaria-control-campaign/">Read More</a></p><p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:49:36 +0000 Tom Paulson 746 at http://kplu.org Seattle malaria researcher reacts to newly discovered mosquito Humanosphere: Prevented Malaria Deaths Made Visible http://kplu.org/post/humanosphere-prevented-malaria-deaths-made-visible <p>One of the problems with saving lives is it&rsquo;s hard to identify a death averted. Success in disease prevention is often invisible.</p><p>You typically can&rsquo;t say, for example, that 380 cases of malaria, and one death, were prevented in African children for every $1,025 spent on insecticide-treated bed nets last year.</p><p>Except now you can.</p> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:04:09 +0000 25 at http://kplu.org Humanosphere: Prevented Malaria Deaths Made Visible