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Cerebral malaria

About Cerebral malaria

Cerebral malaria is a fatal disease caused by Plasmodium falciparum parasite and the symptoms include high fever and convulsions followed by coma. The high mortality rate from this form of malaria is also linked to a problem of patient care, because despite the availability of effective treatment, patients often arrive too late at the hospital. The availability of predictive tests would therefore be useful in improving patient care.

Recent studies on Cerebral malaria

A study by University of Minnesota researchers has found that cerebral malaria is associated with long-term cognitive impairment in one of four African kids.

Johns Hopkins scientists have found that platelets, the cells that cause blood clots, play an important early role in promoting cerebral malaria, an often fatal form of malaria that occurs mostly in children.

Cerebral malaria in News

Eisai Signs Global Agreement with Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz to Begin Development of New Medicines and Vaccines for Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today that it has signed a global agreement with Brazil's Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz ("Fiocruz") aimed at collaborations to develop new medicines and vaccines for malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)

Anti-inflammatory drugs may up survival from severe malaria
A new anti-inflammatory drug could help boost survival in the most severe cases of malaria by preventing the immune system from causing irreversible brain and tissue damage, according to the researchers.

How parasites cause most lethal form of malaria
Researchers have uncovered new knowledge related to host-parasite interaction in severe malaria, concerning how malaria parasites are able to bind to cells in the brain and cause cerebral malaria - the most lethal form of the disease.

Indian-origin scientists lead fundamental malaria discovery
A team led by Indian-origin scientists has made a fundamental discovery in understanding how malaria parasites cause the deadly disease.

Jharkhand losing out battle to poor health schemes
Eleven years after its birth, Jharkhand still lacks the basic healthcare facilities and presently the state is being hounded by a high number of deaths caused due to malaria and cerebral malaria.

How sickle haemoglobin protects against malaria
A study has unravelled the molecular mechanism whereby sickle cell haemoglobin confers a survival advantage against malaria, the disease caused by Plasmodium infection.

Herbs used in Chinese medicine 'more effective against severe malaria'
Scientists have found that antimalarial drug artesunate, which is derived from herbs used in Chinese medicine, is more effective than quinine at preventing death in patients with severe malaria.

EPO doping 'can cut cerebral malaria related deaths'
EPO- the doping drug known from professional cycling- can significantly reduce cerebral malaria related deaths, according to the researchers at the University of Copenhagen.

Natural compounds could pave way for novel anti-malaria drugs
Researchers are turning to traditional medicines to fight against malaria.

Malaria-infected cells stiffen, block blood flow to brain and other organs
For the first time, scientists have shown the malaria parasite's journeys in the body using advanced computer modeling and laboratory experiments.

Cerebral malaria linked to epilepsy, behavior disorders: Study
Solidifying the link between malaria and neuropsychiatric disorders that affect hundreds of thousands of children, almost a third of cerebral malaria survivors developed epilepsy or other behavioral disorders in the most comprehensive study to date of the disease in African kids.

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