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Regulators will use handheld scanners to combat fake malaria drugs

US regulators announced a plan Wednesday to test a handheld device that can scan drugs and report within seconds whether they are real or fake, in a bid to help the fight against malaria. Counterfeit and substandard malaria drugs are a key concern in many parts of the world where…

Scientists find new key ingredient for anti-malaria drug

US scientists on Wednesday said they had used baker’s yeast to make a key ingredient of malaria drugs, a feat that could iron out fluctuations in supply caused by sourcing the chemical from a Chinese herb. One of the revolutions in malaria treatment in recent decades has been the advent…

Seaweed defense offers clues against malaria

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Seaweed emits a natural chemical response to ward off fungi that would otherwise colonize an injured plant, a process that could help the search for anti-malaria drugs, a US scientist said Monday. Up to a million people per year die from malaria, which can be caused by…

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