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Text messages could help fight malaria, say Harvard scientists

Oct 29, 2014    

WashingtonSimple text message reminders to take malaria medication can help in the fight against the deadly disease, Harvard scientists say.Researchers with the non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Harvard University found that text message reminders can boost the rates at which malaria patients complete their medication regimen.Each year, malaria kills over 600,000 people, more than half of them children, researchers said. One challenge in fighting malaria is that the disease has evolved resistance to many drugs that formerly worked, according to Julia Raifman, a PhD candidate ...

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