- Marcel Hommel, University of Liverpool
ResearchInformation on the supply and demand side is of particular relevance given the efforts that are in place to ensure access to affordable ACT. The authors have used a recognized approach to provide timely information regarding the price and availability of specific anti-malarials, which will add to the growing evidence-base regarding access to affordable ACT in sub-Saharan countries.
ResearchA study about the relationship between ABO genotypes and malaria infection in pregnancy, particularly in the application of host blood group genotyping, and malaria PCR tests. It shows a clear protective effect of blood group O against malaria in primiparae, which may contribute to the high O allele frequencies in Africa.
ResearchA useful analysis of early blood-stage parasite dynamics in volunteers experimentally-infected with Plasmodium falciparum by mosquito bite.
CommentaryThe Commentary is a call to action, reinforcing the message that the best (and probably only) way to address the spread of artemisinin resistance in the region is to aim for rapid elimination of P. falciparum.
MethodologyConditions which cause haemolysis and lead to free haemoglobin (Hb) appear to contribute to disease pathogenesis and often severe clinical manifestations.The data appears consistent with the methaemoglobin/haem hypothesis in severe malaria. The authors suggest that non-invasive bedside MetHb testing may be a simple adjuvant tool for prognosis in resource poor settings.
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Malaria Journal is aimed at the scientific community interested in malaria in its broadest sense. It is the only journal that publishes exclusively articles on malaria and, as such, it aims to bring together knowledge from the different specialities involved in this very broad discipline, from the bench to the bedside and to the field. Malaria Journal offers a fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer-review; this is achieved by managing the whole of the publication process electronically, from submission to peer-review.
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