The simple use of a net intended to curb malaria by fishers has become a classic conservation problem.
The burden of communicable disease is declining in Africa and life expectancy is increasing. But non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are wreaking havoc.
Anopheles arabiensis is the world's most common, malaria-carrying mosquito. Now it's emerged that chickens emit an odour that can repel the deadly insects.
With the right investment, an open source drug discovery system might compete with the traditional pharmaceutical industry to deliver the drugs we need.
Scientists have discovered a second new compound that could eventually be developed into a medicine to help eradicate malaria.
The construction of dams in Africa, in some cases, bring an unintended consequence – an increase in malaria in the surrounding areas.
Bednet insecticides should kill mosquitoes on contact, but some have become highly resistant to the chemicals.
Innovations targeted at mosquito control are good but should not draw focus away from the tried and tested public health measures to control mosquito-borne diseases.
After years of complaints, will the British Army now use controversial anti-malarial as a drug of last resort?
Mefloquine was one of around 250,000 chemical compounds tested for malaria-killing activity in the 1960s by the United States military who needed to protect troops from malaria in the tropics.
They not only bear the heaviest burden of malaria on the continent: Nigerians are also paying the most for services related to the disease.
Despite tests which rapidly test for malaria being around for several years, overtreatment of malarial drugs still takes place in Africa.
Resistance to a commonly used antimalarial medication, Atovaquone, can’t spread to the general human population, a new research found.
New initiative with old handsets halves rates of the disease in southern Tanzania – and is being applied to other conditions, too.
Understanding what causes diseases is a life-and-death matter. It is a complicated issue that has generated a great deal of debate in the medical community.
Although there have been global efforts to eliminate parasites, some parasites and vectors will have survived attack because they have evolved resistance.
If we can solve the privacy issues, placing trackers on people and the things we make can teach us a great deal about ourselves and the world around us.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
They spread disease and misery and account for millions of deaths every year. There's not a lot to be said for mosquitoes.
As Zika fear rises, people are inevitably asking why we don't have a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne virus.