Indicators of life-threatening malaria in African children
Children infected with malaria who are admitted to a hospital in a coma or with severe respiratory disease may die within 24 hours. Researchers followed 1,844 children admitted to a Kenyan hospital between May 1989 and November 1991 with complications of malaria. Sixty-four children died, and 84% died within one day of admission. Fifty-four of those who died had been admitted in a coma, with impaired consciousness or with severe respiratory disease. Death rates in children with these complications were much higher than the death rate in the overall group. A modification of the World Health Organization criteria for diagnosing life-threatening malaria that includes only respiratory distress or impaired consciousness was just as effective as the full criteria and is simpler and easier to perform.
Publication Name: The New England Journal of Medicine
WHO global report on malaria indicates progress on prevention
Malaria kills one million people every year, mostly in Africa, predicted by the 2005 World Malaria Report that also found that in 2003, 350 to 500 million people worldwide became ill with malaria. The reasons for the differences are advances in data collection methods and increases in the world's population.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
New agents to combat malaria
Triclosan is an antibacterial agent used in deodorants, mouthwashes, and acne medicines. Research suggests triclosan prevents the growth of Plasmodium falciparum, a type 2 fatty acid crucial to the growth cycle of malaria.
Publication Name: Nature Medicine
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