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Drug-resistant malaria is spreading

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:25 PM

www.dailymail.co.uk said:

Millions of lives are at risk as one of the best drugs used to treat malaria is losing its potency, say experts.

Resistant strains of the deadliest and most common form of the disease have been confirmed on the border of Thailand and Burma.

Tests revealed that the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum has undergone a genetic change making it resistant to artemisinin, one of the world's most popular drug treatments.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

Between this and drug resistant TB, the herd is in for a thinning.  And it won't just be the third world that gets clobbered. Nature always wins.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 05:43 PM

View Postand then, on 06 April 2012 - 04:41 PM, said:

Nature always wins.

Evolution is >>>> (and unfortunately faster for microorganisms) than our current paradigm for drug design and delivery.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:57 PM

This is nothing new.
Malaria has been mostly drug resistant for as long as we have been fighting it.
Numerous drugs have been used for malaria,and most people do not respond.This is just the next drug in a long line of drugs.

Artemisinin has been in use for decades,and it was only approved for use in the USA in the last 4 years I think.
Its been around since the 90s ,in western medicine that is ,as its a Chinese herb.
Herbalists have used it for centuries.
Its probably more effective than anything else they have right now,even with cases of resistance.
I dont see them just stopping its usage .

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