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Malaria was once the leading cause of death in Laos, i hope this research will reduce the Malaria patient in Laos

 

 

Researchers have announced the most promising experimental vaccine to date to protect infants and young children against malaria. Investigators say the candidate vaccine will begin its final regulatory hurdle next year.

In two studies published inThe New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report the results of two clinical trials in Kenya and Tanzania of the experimental malaria vaccine, RTS, S/AS. 

Investigators found the vaccine, which is the most clinically advanced to date, prevented the disease in more than half of babies and young children in the studies. Malaria kills some one million people each year, most of them in children.
Malaria kills an estimated one million people a year

Christian Loucq is Director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, a non-profit research funding organization. Loucq says that while the candidate vaccine is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction.
"The research results reported today show that we are one important step closer to the day when malaria will join diseases like smallpox and polio that have been either eradicated or controlled by vaccine."

In the study in Tanzania, researchers gave the vaccine to 340 infants. They say that 65 percent of them were protected against malaria during the six month clinical trial.

In Kenya, which enrolled almost 900 children between five and seventeen months old, RTS, S/AS protected 53 percent of them over an eight month period.

Ripley Ballou is with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of the U.S., which promotes global health, development and education. He says “Researchers are now recruiting 16-thousand infants and young children to begin final phase clinical trials next year. It all goes well, they are expected to seek regulatory approval in 2011.”

 

 



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good news indeed, i know what malaria is.
i used to guard my elder brother for months in hospital, he got malaria.

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if you like gin and tonic, you're in luck. tonic water has quinine in it which treats malaria. oh the things you learn in pharmacy school.. =)

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maribelle1226 wrote:

if you like gin and tonic, you're in luck. tonic water has quinine in it which treats malaria. oh the things you learn in pharmacy school.. =)



Today, the tonic water is not like above message mention



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today's tonic water is about 50% less concentrated, so you would have to drink more of it. =)

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