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Malaria Drug May Fall Short for Children, Pregnant Women





The most widely used antimalarial therapy may not fully treat some children and pregnant women, according to a new study.

These patients’ bloodstreams contained lower concentrations of one active ingredient compared to adults who aren’t pregnant.

The research may explain why standard doses of artemether-lumefantrine combination therapy (ACT) sometimes fail to cure these sensitive groups. It suggests a change in the treatment regimen may help raise cure rates and prevent resistance.

But experts say this study alone is not enough to warrant changing treatment recommendations.

Treatment failures

Malaria cases have fallen by 60 percent since 2000, thanks to an intensive, multibillion-dollar global campaign of prevention read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com

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