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

Getting the travel bug

Long-haul travel is on the increase yet many people aren't being told about the health risks, according to new research.

A little something I picked up in Fak Fak

Diseases are part and package of any exotic foreign travel. And there are some worrying trends, as Jonathan Gregson discovers

MEDICINE Test could boost blood stocks

A blood test which can identify people who have been exposed to malaria could help boost blood stocks by tens of thousands of units each year.

Choice: Seeing is believing

Bosnia war photographer Tom Stoddart has collaborated with Sight Savers International to produce a compelling photographic exhibition to launch the charity's campaign against river blindness. The display, which will tour around the country, highlights the devastating effects of river blindness on the communities of West and Central Africa. The disease, spread by the bite of the black simulim fly, leads to blindness after years of lethargy and irritation. Sight Savers aims to treat two million people in 1997.

YOUR HOLIDAY DISASTER

Alan Cree brought home an unexpected souvenir from a nightmare trip to Belize

Call for malaria drug to be withdrawn

The father of a six-year-old girl who died after taking the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam, has called for it to be withdrawn.

Ban urged on holiday drug after girl dies

A six-year-old girl has died after using a controversial anti-malarial drug used by thousands of British people every year who travel to areas where the disease is rife. It is the first documented death linked to mefloquine, which is known to cause serious side-effects in some people.

Scapegoated wolf bites salty Welsh leper

I sometimes receive protesting letters about thoughtless use of English and I only wish I had time to answer them all myself. Alas, this is not so, but rather than let them go unseen and unanswered, I think it makes more sense to use them to fill up a column. Thanks, everyone!

A tiny drill and a fibre-optic cable get to the heart of the mystery of Robert the Bruce

A lead container found during excavations at Melrose Abbey in Scotland almost certainly holds the heart of King Robert the Bruce inside another lead casket, archaeologists confirmed yesterday.

SCIENCE: MALARIA IN BRITAIN

Between the 16th and 19th centuries malaria, known as the ague, or marsh fever, killed or contributed to the deaths of thousands of people in the marshland villages of coastal southern and eastern England where stagnant pools were a breeding haven for the British estuarine mosquito, Anopheles atroparvus. But why malaria had such an impact perplexes scientists.

Book review / Ava Malaria

The Calcutta Chromosone by Amitav Ghosh Picador, pounds 15.99

The heat is on as Britain moves 100 miles south

Britain will experience changes in climate during the next 25 years which will have the effect of moving the country more than 100 miles south. In 2020, it will be as though Manchester has moved to Oxford.

Health: Sick notes

The fear of contracting a nasty disease in India is matched by the prospect of multiple needle attack. By Robert Verkaik

Malaria drug users go to court over side effects

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