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New malaria studies challenges us to think outside the net

We’ve seen prophylactic use of medicines in the headlines, most recently with the November 2010 news that taking a preventative dose of the HIV drug Truvada cut the risk of infection by 44% among gay and bisexual men. Two studies published yesterday apply the idea of prophylactic drug use to malaria, and suggest that giving young children anti-malarial drugs might outweigh the risk of facing future resistant parasites in malaria-endemic countries. 

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