Blood cell infected with malaria parasite

Malaria is caused by the single-celled parasite Plasmodium. It is transmitted from one person to another by certain species of blood sucking mosquito. The parasite spends part of its complex life cycle inside red blood cells.

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  • Journal retracts study linking a virus to ME

    23rd December, 2011

    A study linking a virus to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as ME, has been withdrawn by the journal which published it.

  • Morning flu jabs 'work better for men'

    22nd December, 2011

    Flu jabs can be made more effective by changing the time of day they are given - mornings for men and afternoons for women are best - scientists believe.

  • Sun 'stops chickenpox spreading'

    19th December, 2011

    Exposure to sunlight may help impede the spread of chickenpox, claim researchers. The University of London team found chickenpox less common in regions with high UV levels, reports the journal Virology.

  • Heavier children leads to call for drug dose update

    16th December, 2011

    Medicines experts are calling for a review of the 50-year-old guidelines on prescribing antibiotics to children, warning that the rise in overweight and obese youngsters may mean that some get a less than adequate dose. While they stress that there is no evidence that children are suffering as a result of under-treatment, they say there should be better guidance than the rule of thumb that has applied for half a century.

  • Test 'improves cancer screening'

    15th December, 2011

    Smear tests designed to cut deaths from cervical cancer could be improved by adding a further test looking for signs of a virus which causes it.

  • Badger cull to stop bovine TB to be trialled in England

    15th December, 2011

    Badger culling will be tried out in two areas of England in the new year in an attempt to tackle bovine TB in cattle, the government has said.

  • Eggs can be eaten two days after ‘best before’ date

    15th December, 2011

    As part of a drive to cut food waste and the lower incidence of salmonella, the FSA said that eggs can be consumed “a day or two” after their best before date “providing they are cooked thoroughly”. Previously the food safety watchdog had warned that eggs eaten after their best before date could contain salmonella, a bacteria that can lead to food poisoning.

  • Global malaria death toll falling

    14th December, 2011

    We all like reports of dramatic medical and scientific breakthroughs but the reality is that most developments are incremental. As a result, important issues can get overlooked.

  • Parents claim link between flu vaccine and narcolepsy

    13th December, 2011

    Parents of children who have been struck down with the sleeping syndrome narcolepsy claim that it could have been triggered by the swine flu vaccine.

  • Faecal transplants used to cure Clostridium difficile

    12th December, 2011

    Transplanting faecal matter from one person to another - the thought might turn your stomach, but it could be lifesaving. Some doctors are using the procedure to repopulate the gut with healthy bacteria, which can become unbalanced in some diseases.

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