News A mosquito waiting to be studied - scientists have identified the changes to the genes of the malaria parasite that make it resistant to one of the last effective drugs

Discovery of genes that confer resistance to the drug artemisinin is major step forward for treatment of the disease

Yuvraj laid low by dengue fever

Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of India's one-day international against Sri Lanka after coming down with dengue fever.

Minor British Institutions: Swarfega

The really delightful thing about Swarfega, apart from its ability to get mucky hands clean, is that it makes no concessions to fashion or marketing, and yet is supremely successful. This after all, is a £135m business, or at least it was a few years ago when the firm went through its latest change of ownership.

Deaths as dengue fever grips Caribbean

Mosquito-borne dengue fever is reaching epidemic stages across the Caribbean, with dozens of deaths reported and health authorities concerned it could get much worse as the rainy season advances.

Created by genetic engineering, a mosquito that can't catch malaria

A novel weapon in the battle against malaria has been developed by scientists: the malaria-proof mosquito.

Jeremy Laurance: Eradicating this biblical plague is becoming possible

It looks ingenious. If you can't eradicate malaria in humans, why not do so in mosquitoes? It would accomplish a goal of which scientists hardly dared dream: a malaria-free world.

Cheryl Cole 'had emergency treatment' for Malaria

Cheryl Cole spent two hours in intensive care after being diagnosed with the deadly disease malaria, it was reported today.

O'Brien glad to leave baked beans at home

Katie O'Brien must be thinking how peaceful everything is here at the Australian Open. Nobody demanded £900 in cash before she got on the plane; there have been no bodies lying in the road en route to the tennis centre; police escorts are not necessary; and she has not gone down with food poisoning or a tropical disease.

Leading article: Aids treatment sets the standard

Almost three decades after Aids first emerged, official confirmation came yesterday that new infections with HIV are in decline. That is welcome news. Before we celebrate, though, it is important to note that the number living with HIV is not declining, but rising thanks to the life-saving effects of anti-retroviral drugs. Yet less than half of those who need the drugs are receiving them.

Yohei Sasakawa: Leprosy also requires a social cure

Earlier this month, Father Damien was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. This religious and spiritual ceremony was an opportunity to reflect on Father Damien's life and the lives of those with whom he is most closely associated - people affected by leprosy.

Album: Air, Love 2 (Virgin)

Love 2 is a return to the source for "Air French Band". (It's so much more satisfying to call them that awkward album-sticker name, don't you think? Just as the disambiguating "The London Suede" is actually a better name than Suede.)

Climate change will damage your health

World's doctors unite in challenge to politicians over 'biggest health threat of this century'

Johann Hari: The forgotten war that could kill millions of children

This parasite is stripping away our ability to treat one of the deadliest diseases

Album: Dengue Fever, Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, (Real World)

Since this group recently played live in London, this album is the necessary adjunct.

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