Scientists warn new "super malaria" in SE Asia poses alarming global threat

September 25, 2017 by  
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If you’re planning a trip to South East Asia , take note. An evolved form of malaria which is resistant to anti-malaria medication is spreading at an “alarming global rate,” according to scientists. The parasite was first documented in Cambodia but quickly migrated to other regions. Researchers predict mass casualties should the “super malaria” spread to Africa , where over 90 percent of cases occur. This “super malaria” is more dangerous than the original malaria parasite , as it cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. According to the BBC , it was first reported in Cambodia, but quickly spread throughout parts of Thailand , Laos and later, Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there is a real concern the new malaria may be “untreatable.” Professor Arjen Dondorp, who heads the unit, said, “We think it is a serious threat. It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa .” Related: FDA approves genetically modified mosquitos to fight Zika Each year, approximately 212 million people are affected with the parasite that is spread via blood-sucking mosquitos . Malaria is a major killer of children, especially in poverty-stricken locations. When one begins to notice symptoms of the sickness, the first line of treatment is artemisinin in combination with piperaquine. However, artemisinin is becoming less and less effective, as a letter, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases , points out. The “super malaria” is now resistant to piperaquine, as well. The letter notes an “alarming rate of failure” with both treatments. Dondorp said about one-third of the time, the treatment failed in Vietnam . In some areas of Cambodia, the failure rate was closer to 60 percent. In Africa, where 92 percent of malaria cases occur, the “super malaria” is expected to be disastrous. It’s now a race against the clock to prevent the blood-transmitted bug from reaching Africa. Said Dondorp, “We have to eliminate it before malaria becomes untreatable again and we see a lot of deaths. If I’m honest, I’m quite worried.” “The spread of this malaria ‘superbug’ strain, resistant to the most effective drug we have, is alarming and has major implications for public health globally,” said Michel Chew, from the Welcome Trust medical research charity. “Around 700,000 people a year die from drug-resistant infections, including malaria. If nothing is done, this could increase to millions of people every year by 2050.” Via BBC Images via Pixabay

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Viagra could be key to preventing the spread of malaria

June 8, 2015 by  
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Originally developed as a treatment for high blood pressure, the world’s favorite “little blue pill” has an array of uses outside the bedroom—it can treat prostate cancer, address pulmonary hypertension and even keep your cut flowers pert . Now, a new study has found that Viagra can also help prevent the spread of malaria. The collaborative research by French and English scientists found that Viagra can alter red blood cells to prevent the parasite carrying the disease from being transmitted from humans to mosquitoes. Read the rest of Viagra could be key to preventing the spread of malaria Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: malaria cure , malaria mosquito , malaria spread , malaria transmission , malaria treatment , mosquito disease , pfizer , viagra malaria , viagra uses

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Tiny prefab Sleeping Pod doubles as a guesthouse and office

June 8, 2015 by  
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Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space in Moscow

June 16, 2014 by  
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Tiny 240-sq-ft Studio Boasts a Crawl-In Library

June 16, 2014 by  
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Anyone who feels that fitting a library into a 240-sq-ft apartment would be impossible needs to check out this ambitious Manhattan studio . Designed by architect Tim Seggerman, the tiny space makes up for its size with sophisticated wooden finishes and a super-efficient layout . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brownstone studio , George nakashima , loft style apartment , micro loft , Micro loft apartment , new york city apartment , papyrus panels , space-saving , tim seggerman , tiny living , tiny studio , upper west site , woodworking

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Plasma Studio Builds Parasite Home on Top of a 60s House in Italy

May 27, 2013 by  
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How Fast and Furious 6 Tried to Reduce its Enormous Carbon Footprint

May 27, 2013 by  
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This weekend, the sixth installment of the ever-popular Fast and Furious franchise roared into US cinemas with its box office-winning combination of fast cars, big biceps and simmering homo-eroticism. However despite being a film based around gas-guzzling cars, large explosions and globe-trotting antics, the production actually tried to reduce their footprint (despite trashing over 300 cars! ) where they could as part of Universal Studios’ ‘Green Is Universal’ policy. Read the rest of How Fast and Furious 6 Tried to Reduce its Enormous Carbon Footprint Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon footprint , Fast and Furious , Fast and Furious 6 , Fast and Furious 6 carbon footprint , films , Green is Universal , London , movies , Paul Walker , recycling , THe Rock , Universal Studios , Vin Diesel        

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Hotel Tverskaya Transforms a Disused Building in Moscow with Sleepbox Modules

May 27, 2013 by  
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TEST DRIVE: 30-40 mpg in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

May 27, 2013 by  
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Researchers Find that Parasitic Flies are Turning Bees Into Zombies

January 4, 2012 by  
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Scientists from San Francisco State University just announced the latest in a string of explanations for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) (a phenomenon that has decimated worldwide populations of honeybees): parasitic flies are attacking bees and turning them into zombies . The study, published in the online journal  Public Library of Science ONE , reveals that after the flies attack the bees and lay eggs in their abdomens, the bees then abandon their hives and congregate around light en masse, Walking Dead-style. When they finally do die, their bodies then become cocoons from which up to 13 fly larvae emerge about a week later. Read the rest of Researchers Find that Parasitic Flies are Turning Bees Into Zombies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apids , apocephalus borealis , bees , bumble bees , cell phones kill bee , colony collapse disorder , eco design , green design , honeybees , parasite , parasitic fly , phorids , san francisco state university , sustainable design , zombie bees

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