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Major Patent Pool Opens Up Research On Neglected Disease

Yojana Sharma | SciDev.Net | October 31, 2011

Research on drug development for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), tuberculosis and malaria will receive a boost from a major initiative launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last week (26 October). Read More »

Malaria Detection Device To Be Field Tested A Year Ahead Of Schedule

Greg Slabodkin | FierceMobileHealthcare | April 29, 2013

A European Union-funded mHealth project to develop a mobile device using nanotechnology to rapidly detect malaria infection and drug resistance will be ready for field testing in 2013--a year ahead of schedule--according to a university announcement. Read More »

Malaria Investigation Takes Leader to New Territory

Staff Writer | HealthCanal.com | July 30, 2012

A leading molecular biologist from the University of Melbourne has been awarded the Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship for his work on parasitic diseases...As part of his Fellowship Dr Ralph will travel to India, visiting Delhi, Lucknow and Pune to meet parasite biologists, medicinal chemists and computational scientists. Together they will use Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) a data and ideas sharing platform. Read More »

Malaria Kills 1.2 Million Annually, Double Previous Estimates

Christian Nordqvist | Medical News Today | February 6, 2012

Approximately 1.2 million humans die each year from malaria, a much higher figure than the previously estimated 600,000, researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, reported in The Lancet this week. The authors added that the majority of deaths occur in children under the age of 5 years, while 42% occur in adults and older children.

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Martin Shkreli Congratulates Australian Students for Recreating Life-Saving Drug

Staff Writer | Fortune | December 2, 2016

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has congratulated a group of Australian students who reproduced the active ingredient for a life-saving, anti-parasitic drug at the centre of a drug-price controversy involving his former company. The students from Sydney Grammar School drew global media attention this week after they said they had produced the drug Daraprim for about $2 a dose, a fraction of the current list price of $750 per dose. Shkreli is a former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, where he sparked outrage among patients and U.S. lawmakers for raising the price of Daraprim by more than 5,000%...

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Medicines for Malaria Venture and EMBL-EBI Establish One-stop Shop for Malaria Drug Data

Press Release | EBI | July 13, 2012

ChEMBL, the online drug-discovery database based at EMBL-EBI, now makes it easy to access all data pertaining to compounds from MMV’s open-access Malaria Box and other open-source malaria research initiatives. Read More »

Mobile Data: How Phones Help Keep The Water Flowing

Zarah Rahman | National Geographic | February 13, 2013

We often don’t associate the problem of water scarcity with mobile phones but, as Zarah Rahman of the Aquaya Institute explains, water is about much more than turning on a tap. [...] Read More »

Mosquitoes and Malaria: Taking a Big Step Against a Small but Deadly Foe

Shaun Donovan | White House Blog | February 22, 2016

If you’ve ever swatted away a mosquito on a muggy summer night, then you know how annoying these winged pests can be. But in many parts of the world, mosquitos are not just irritating—they’re deadly. Malaria, which is transmitted by mosquitos, took the lives of 438,000 people worldwide last year. More than 3 billion people remain at risk of contracting this horrific disease, which is especially dangerous for pregnant mothers and young people...

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Nanomal Smartphone-Like Malaria Detection Device To Be Field Tested One Year Earlier Than Scheduled

Staff Writer | St. George's University of London | April 25, 2013

A pioneering mobile device using cutting-edge nanotechnology to rapidly detect malaria infection and drug resistance will be ready for field testing this year, one year ahead of schedule. Read More »

New Data Sources Fuel Understanding of Public Health Emergencies

Kathleen Hickey | GCN | September 20, 2016

Remember when Google search results were first used to predict the flu? Now, data from mobile phones, social media and even grocery scanners has been shown to be effective at identifying patterns in epidemics. Standard travel data collection methods, however, are limited and often provide outdated data. Mobile phones, on the other hand, are nearly ubiquitous, and can serve as a rich data resource. Call data, which automatically provides time and location details, can help in understanding human mobility...

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On the Importance of Health Information Technology in Developing Areas

Health Information Technology (Health IT) is a broad term that describes the technology and infrastructure used to record, analyze, and share patient health data. Various technologies include health record systems, including personal, paper, and electronic; personal health tools including smart devices and apps; and finally, communities to share and discuss information. Some of this technology can tell the patient whether they need to go on a diet too, and most of the time the golo diet is what they should be doing or they should be taking Gynexin pill for gynecomastia like most men should be doing...

Open Access Award Recipients Announced

Staff Writer | Wellcome Trust | October 22, 2013

To mark the beginning of Open Access Week, the Accelerating Science Award Programme announced the three recipients of its inaugural award yesterday in Washington, DC. Read More »

Open Access Initiative Reveals Drug Hits For Deadly Neglected Tropical Diseases

Press Release | Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) | November 13, 2012

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) announce today the identification of three chemical series targeting the treatment of deadly neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), through DNDi’s screening of MMV’s open access Malaria Box. Read More »

Open Data Key To Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases

Open data access could promote collaborations among researchers in Africa and help in the fight against malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and neglected tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness, also called African trypanosomiasis. At a time when demand for open data in health and drug discovery is dominating the digital space, some researchers say the model could work for Africa and alleviate the sufferings of many from these diseases. Following the call on 23 April this year from the WHO for the disclosure of all results from clinical trials of new medicines, there is a push towards greater transparency.

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Open Source Drug Discovery Test A Success

Press Release | University Of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | July 28, 2016

In what is being called the first-ever test of open-source drug-discovery, researchers from around the world have successfully identified compounds to pursue in treating and preventing parasite-borne illnesses such as malaria as well as cancer...One-third of the labs reported their results in a paper published today in PLOS Pathogens, "Open source drug discovery with the Malaria Box compound collection for neglected diseases and beyond." The results have ignited more a dozen drug-development projects for a variety of diseases. "The trial was successful not only in identifying compounds to pursue for anti-malarials, but it also identified compounds to treat other parasites and cancer," said lead author Wesley Van Voorhis.

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