Medicinal plants can play a key role in treating malaria

Jeremiah Waweru Gathirwa, Kenya Medical Research Institute and Ruth Monyenye Nyang’acha, Kenya Medical Research Institute It will take effective prevention, accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment to successfully eliminate malaria. But none of this will help if the causative agents become resistant to the drugs used for treatment. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor …

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Debunking myths about malaria and its vector, the mosquito

Tabitha Mwangi, Pwani University Myths about diseases spread like wildfire. Malaria is a case in point. The Conversation Africa’s Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya asked Tabitha Mwangi to help sort out fact from fiction. Mosquitoes only bite at night. Not entirely true. There are two types of mosquitoes that bite mostly at night; …

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Malaria drug could cut women’s risk of STIs

By Onche Odeh [ABUJA, NIGERIA] A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could also treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a study shows. Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of …

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Why Africans Fish With Mosquito Nets

by Timothy Rooney Heterogeneous Capital refers to the idea that almost all capital goods — those goods that are used for production—have more than one use. It is one of the most important concepts in Austrian Economics. “The theory of capital has to start from the fact that the capital goods with which entrepreneurs operate …

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Chickens’ smell repels most common malaria mosquito

Rickard Ignell, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences One of the world’s dominant malaria vectors is Anopheles arabiensis. Humans are its preferred blood meal although it also feeds on other livestock such as cattle, goats and sheep. But recent research shows that chickens are a non-host species for this vector. This means the birds could possibly …

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