Bill Gates and the British chancellor, George Osborne, have announced that they’ll spend billions of dollars to try and defeat “the world’s deadliest killer”—malaria.
In 1971 two people in North Hollywood started eating DDT pills every day. That’s right, they willingly swallowed 10mg of poison every single day for three months. In front of witnesses.
The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine just went to three scientists who found parasite-killing chemicals that are now important tools for fighting human diseases. But the chemicals in question weren’t created in a lab: one is produced naturally by a bacterium, the other by a plant used in a traditional…
The first Nobel Prize of 2015 has been awarded jointly to three scientists for their groundbreaking work in developing therapies that fight infections caused by malaria and roundworm parasites.
A new report from Oxford University describes that the overall rate of malaria infections in Africa has fallen by 50 percent since 2000. The researchers claim that’s largely the result of a very simple technology indeed: bed nets.
Viagra was famously discovered when researchers testing a high blood pressure drug found it had a curious side effect: erections. The pill may have another unexpected benefit too: A new study in human blood cells finds that Viagra—or drugs like it–could be used to prevent the transmission of malaria.
America's got pretty good at using drones to hunt and kill big tangible things, but Hellfire missiles and Reapers aren't all that good at tracking little insects. But that hasn't stopped researchers from using (smaller, less deadly) drones to help fight the spread of infectious disease.
Mosquitos suck. It's not just because of those itchy red bites we all get in the summer, either. Mosquitos suck because they're the deadliest animals on the planet, and none of our classic strategies from combatting the threat seem to be working. That's why we're turning the mosquitos against themselves.
As it stands now, there's no truly effective method of protecting against malaria. Vaccines are notoriously difficult to make, and it's almost impossible to detect the infection in its early stage—until now, that is. And it's all thanks to highly advanced, tank-fighting military hardware.
The way our ancestors ate, cooked, explored, and interacted with others has had a profound influence on our genetic inheritance. So how will modern culture shape the genetic legacies we leave to our descendents?
The worst thing about feeding hundreds of mosquitoes on your own blood is not the itching – if you do it enough times, your body gets used to the bites. It's not even the pain, although it is always painful since the mosquitoes will use their snouts to root about your flesh in search of a blood vessel.
In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports.
Researchers at Rice University have a new, laser-powered way to diagnose malaria infection. They say it's the first through-the-skin method that doesn't require blood samples or chemical tests. Essentially, it listens for belly sounds as the malaria parasite chows down on blood cells. If it pans out, it could…
For the first time in history, scientists have completed successful human trials of a malaria vaccine that provides 100% protection against the often fatal disease.
A mosquito can detect the carbon dioxide emanating from a prospective meal from hundreds of feet away. The Kite Patch, a small, non-toxic sticker that you place on your clothing, can jam a mosquito's CO2 radar. Wear one, the patch's creators say, and you'll be effectively invisible to the bloodsuckers for up to 48…
Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa have developed a pill that can wipe out malaria with a single dose. It's a development that could save millions of lives in Africa alone, not to mention the rest of the world. But there's a teensy weensy little hurdle that must first be overcome: human testing.
A potentially life-saving hooded bodysuit was debuted over the weekend at the Cornell Fashion Collective, designed by Matilda Ceesay '13, an apparel design major from Gambia. The one-piece garment—hand-dyed purple, gold and blue—features a mesh hood and cape and, as Ceesay explains, "explores and modernizes…
Malaria kills almost a million people every year and makes another 250 million people very, very sick. Soon we may be able to instantly cure the scourge the same way you heat up your sad, frozen dinner-for-one.
The history of mankind's battle against malaria has been long and largely ineffectual. The Fever looks at the rise of DDT in post-WWII America.