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Archive for the 'Malaria' Category

Should everyone get zinc?

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

The immune system depends on this essential trace element.

Many (but not all) diseases respond positively when zinc is used to support immunity or correct a zinc deficiency. (more…)

Benefits of vitamin A and zinc on malaria

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

├é┬áResearchers report positive effects when vitamin A and zinc were given to young children from the country of Burkina Faso in West Africa. (more…)

The pros and cons of folic acid fortification of foods

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Fortifying food, such as wheat and corn flour, with folic acid reduces the risk of spina bifida in babies.

This public health practice was introduced 10 years ago in North America. Now, that practice is being debated in the UK and worldwide. “Are the benefits to the few outweighed by possible harm to some of the many exposed? (more…)

History of cannabis in medicine

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria has an exhaustive review.

I summarize it here.


FDA warns against using quinine to treat leg cramps. Options, please?

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

The FDA is cracking down on companies that sell quinine-containing products such as Qualaquin for non-approved uses. Their concern is over the risks of quinine to treat leg cramps.

What’s the risk?

Comparing artesunate to quinine as treatment for malaria

Monday, December 4th, 2006

In the treatment of severe malaria, injecting artesunate directly into a vein results in more rapid action than quinine given the same way. It’s safer and simpler to administer. And a clinical study also shows it reduces the risk of death from this disease.

Details here.

Artesunate: a potent antimalarial treatment

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Artesunate comes from qinghaosu, the sweet wormwood bush (Artemisia annua). It’s a fast-acting antimalarial drug discovered by Chinese scientists in the early 1970s.

Artesunate is often referred to as the most efficient malaria parasite killer ever discovered.