Compounds derived from coconut oil are better than DEET at repelling blood-sucking insects, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study finds. Using repellents is one of the most efficient ways to prevent disease transmission and discomfort associated with insect bites. For more than 60 years, DEET(N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) has been considered the gold standard in insect… Read more

Carbohydrates on the surface of malaria parasites play a critical role in malaria’s ability to infect mosquito and human hosts, an international research team has shown for the first time. The finding suggests steps that may improve the only malaria vaccine approved to protect people against Plasmodium falciparum malaria – the most deadly form of… Read more

Malaria infection can lead to an adverse balance in bone homeostasis, a process usually tightly controlled- by bone forming osteoblasts and bone resorbing osteoclasts, Osaka University researchers have found. Malaria caused by Plasmodium parasites is a life-threatening infectious disease that kills at least half a million people annually while causing over 200 million new infections… Read more

Chloroquine, a drug currently used to treat malaria, may be useful in treating patients with metastatic cancers, a new study by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers shows. The study found that chloroquine induced the secretion of the tumor suppressor protein Par-4 in both mouse models and in cancer patients in a clinical trial… Read more

Scientists have found a new pathway that nerve cells use to transmit itch signals from the skin to the spinal cord and ultimately to the brain. The results could pave the way for new treatments for different types of itch, including the kind that’s chronic. Principal investigator Zhou-Feng Chen, director of the Center for the… Read more