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University of Cape Town Researchers Believe They Have Found a Single Dose Cure for Malaria
National Geographic News ^ | Steven Boyes

Posted on 08/30/2012 6:53:50 AM PDT by Red Badger

CAPE TOWN (2012-08-28): The University of Cape Town’s Science Department believes that it has found a single dose cure for Malaria. This was announced by researchers that have been working on this compound, from the aminopyridine class, for several years. Unlike conventional multidrug malaria treatments that the malaria parasite has become resistant to, Professor Kelly Chibale and his colleagues now believe that they have discovered a drug that over 18 months of trials ”killed these resistant parasites instantly”. Animal tests also showed that it was not only safe and effective, but there were no adverse reported side effects. Clinical tests are scheduled for the end of 2013. If this tablet is approved in coming years, this achievement will surely usher in a new age for science in Africa. It will save millions upon millions of lives on the continent, helping avoid at least 24 percent of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Chibale proudly explains: “This is the first ever clinical molecule that’s been discovered out of Africa, by Africans, from a modern pharmaceutical industry drug discovery programme. The potent drug has been tested on animals and has shown that a single oral dose has completely cured those infected with malaria parasites.” This “super pill” could potentially cure millions of people every year, and save the lives of over one million people from around the world each year. This “cure” will most likely save health care systems throughout the developing world billions of dollars and open new areas for development and settlement.

The South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor elaborates: ”The candidate molecule is novel, potent, and has the potential to have a significant impact on global malaria control and eradication. This is a powerful demonstration of how much can be accomplished when open-minded researchers come together for the sake of the greater good of humanity. The discovery that we announce today is a significant victory in the battle to alleviate the burden of disease in Africa. Clearly the war on disease is not yet won, but I am excited by the role that our excellent scientists have played in finding a potential single-dose cure for malaria and possibly preventing its transmission. South Africa in general had built considerable strength in clinical research over the past decade. The main focus had been on HIV/Aids and TB. This development had occurred together with significant growth in the basic sciences that underpinned infectious disease research.”

I have personally had malaria twice while traveling in East Africa and Zanzibar and can say that it is a deeply painful and depleting experience that leaves you in ruins, unable to care for your family, and in a very poor health if you survive. I have luckily had test kits and treatment each time, which seemed to make me feel worse before I got better. Months on end working in the African bush means that I have to do without prophylactics and must simply avoid being bitten or accept I may get malaria. The only hope being that the fever gets less severe with each re-infection… There is no doubt constant re-infection is not sustainable and has undermined the advancement of rural populations in Africa for thousands of years. As soon as we gather in large numbers in cities like Dar Es Salam and Lusaka, the risk of malaria escalates with huge implications for public health care during the rainy season. I am delighted that an effective cure may have been found for malaria. Prevention is, however, still much better than cure, so please do not throw away your mosquito nets and repellent. Please share your thoughts and comments about this discovery…

Read my latest blog about a recent research expedition across the Okavango Delta: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/08/18/bush-boyes-on-expedition-escape-from-chiefs-island/ In the wilderness there is near zero risk of getting malaria from the thousands of mosquitos that spend their evenings feeding on you outside your tent… Are we solving a problem we created?


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: malaria; mosquito
Wonderful news if true!.........
1 posted on 08/30/2012 6:53:53 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Does anybody have a health & Medicine ping list?............


2 posted on 08/30/2012 6:54:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping!


3 posted on 08/30/2012 6:58:54 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Red Badger
...If this tablet is approved in coming years..... It will save millions upon millions of lives on the continent, helping avoid at least 24 percent of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

I am certain that if this drug proves out, some reason will still be found to ban it.

4 posted on 08/30/2012 7:10:15 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: Red Badger

If true the economic benefits to malaria plagued countries would be incalculable.


5 posted on 08/30/2012 7:10:17 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Red Badger
Prevention is, however, still much better than cure

Sadly true that.

Lost millions of humans by banning DDT, but at least we saved the condors.

6 posted on 08/30/2012 7:15:25 AM PDT by glock rocks (Hey... shut the damn barn! Were you raised in a... um, wait...)
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To: neverdem

ping


7 posted on 08/30/2012 7:23:00 AM PDT by GOPJ (Homeland Paranoid Insecurity: Making the country safe for liberal elites...)
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To: glock rocks

And no one with a TV show, newspaper or microphone ever points out that it was 99.9% ‘brown people’ who gave their lives so that liberals could feel good about those condors.

I wonder why that is...


8 posted on 08/30/2012 7:23:54 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: jimtorr
I am certain that if this drug proves out, some reason will still be found to ban it.

The millions of victims are largely black. To liberals that is sufficient reason to ban it. They just have to find a more acceptable reason to ban it than, "Uh-oh. We'll have to find another way to kill those millions of animals."

9 posted on 08/30/2012 7:38:39 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Red Badger

Good News!


10 posted on 08/30/2012 7:50:08 AM PDT by lack-of-trust
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To: Red Badger

Malaria never got resistant to quinine. As far as i know.


11 posted on 08/30/2012 7:51:44 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Red Badger

Will be watching this one. Huge health implications if true. BTT.


12 posted on 08/30/2012 7:53:13 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Red Badger

this is a major finding ..like polio or smallpox if true


13 posted on 08/30/2012 7:54:30 AM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: Red Badger

Without reading all posts..

It’s called DDT!!!!! “SILENT SPRING,” published on September 27, 1962, and the lunatics that followed those fellow lunatics Rachel Carson and Houghton Mifflin in banning use of DDT, may have caused more death in that region than tribal conflict (PFB, need to verify). In any event, bars, quinine, and meds are great, but killing the ubiquitous pest is the surest way to knock back the disease.

ruefully


14 posted on 08/30/2012 8:02:12 AM PDT by petro45acp ("Don't" read 'HOPE' by L Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman...it will bring tears to eyes. BORE!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinine


15 posted on 08/30/2012 8:14:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Red Badger

I can see our Outstanding Leader banning this new drug through the FDA.


16 posted on 08/30/2012 9:31:19 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: CORedneck

Can’t have people getting well and making more carbon emissions.............


17 posted on 08/30/2012 9:34:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Red Badger

Yup, still an effective treatment.


18 posted on 08/30/2012 4:34:05 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 08/30/2012 9:07:02 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


20 posted on 08/31/2012 5:46:17 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe; GOPJ

Thanks for the ping.


21 posted on 08/31/2012 3:20:13 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

You’re Welcome, neverdem!


22 posted on 08/31/2012 5:35:19 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Red Badger

Kill the damn mosquitos!! A few doses of DDT will save thousands from getting sick in the first place. We’re stuck on stupid.


23 posted on 09/01/2012 4:32:16 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Red Badger

Wow. Great news medically and politically. This will kill the ZPG liberals.


24 posted on 09/07/2012 3:42:23 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Secret Agent Man

>>> Malaria never got resistant to quinine. As far as i know. <<<

Ah, so gin and tonics is still an effective treatment?


25 posted on 09/07/2012 4:14:28 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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