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Malaria vaccine trial disappoints

Maggie Fox | 29 Sep 2010 | Reuters

The numbers were so bad that Dr. Stephen Hoffman did not even want to say them out loud. "It was a low number," he said. Pressed, he added, "Only a handful." Finally he squeezed the numbers out. "We had five."

Mens sana in corpore sano

None | 01 Jul 2010 | Economist

Human intelligence is puzzling. It is higher, on average, in some places than in others. And it seems to have been rising in recent decades. Why these two things should be true is controversial.

Malaria may not rise as world warms

Heidi Ledford | 19 May 2010 | Nature News

Of the many climate-change catastrophes facing humankind, the anticipated spread of infectious tropical diseases is one of the most frequently cited — and most alarming. But a paper in this week's Nature adds to the growing voice of dissent from epidemiologists who challenge the prediction that global warming will fuel a worldwide increase in malaria.

Pan-African Malaria Conference Ends on Hopeful Note

Alisha Ryu | 06 Nov 2009 | Voice of America

A five-day Pan-African conference on malaria has ended in Nairobi, Kenya, with scientists expressing optimism about several developments in the works to prevent, treat, and possibly eradicate a disease that kills nearly one million people in Africa each year.

At least 10 years for new malaria drug

Catherine Karong'o | 06 Nov 2009 | CapitalFM

Health experts attending the Pan-African Malaria Conference now say that it would take another 10 years before a new malaria drug is developed and about seven years for new pesticides to control and treat malaria.

Challenges of reporting on climate change

Asefaw Getachew | 14 Sep 2009 | The New Nation

When journalists communicate how climate change might affect the spread of insect-borne disease, they play an ambitious, yet pivotal, mediator's role. They must, in partnership with scientists, translate research results into plain English and present decision-makers and the public with realistic predictions of risk.

Modified Mosquitoes May Be Anti-Malaria Allies

Maggie Koerth-Baker | 23 Apr 2009 | National Geographic

Important research into discovering a vaccine and/or the development of genetically modified malaria-fighting mosquitoes is constantly evolving and making important steps forward.

Malaria map shows where to target the disease

Michael Kahn | 24 Mar 2009 | Reuters

Eliminating malaria in many parts of the world where risk of the disease is high may be less difficult than previously thought, international researchers said on Tuesday. Using data collected from nearly 8,000 local surveys of infection rates, the team built a global map pinpointing areas where malaria remains the biggest threat.

It's all in the genes ...

Carol Campbell | 14 Mar 2009 | Mail & Guardian

A malaria epidemic in South Africa 10 years ago inspired research leading to the discovery of two genes that make a mosquito resistant to some insecticides.

Insecticide malaria impact clue

None | 05 Feb 2009 | BBC News

UK scientists have identified genetic differences in malarial mosquitoes which may reveal their level of resistance to insecticides. The find may help researchers work out which areas cannot rely on insecticides to help minimise the risk of malaria, reports the journal Genome Research.