Coconut Oil Compounds Repel Insects Better Than DEET

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…Continue readingCoconut Oil Compounds Repel Insects Better Than DEET

Improving Malaria Vaccine Could Hinge On Carbohydrates

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 –…Continue readingImproving Malaria Vaccine Could Hinge On Carbohydrates

Malaria Induces Chronic Bone Loss Even After Cure

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…Continue readingMalaria Induces Chronic Bone Loss Even After Cure

Chloroquine Shows Promise For Metastatic Cancer Treatment

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…Continue readingChloroquine Shows Promise For Metastatic Cancer Treatment

How Nerve Cells Work Together To Make You Itch

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…Continue readingHow Nerve Cells Work Together To Make You Itch

The Quest To Find A Drug That Nails The Tricky Malaria Parasite

Malaria is a killer that has spent thousands of years adapting to the habits of its victim. Although the first confirmed case of human malaria dates to 450 AD, a millennia and a half later, the world is still battling the parasite that causes this disease. Today at least 3.3…Continue readingThe Quest To Find A Drug That Nails The Tricky Malaria Parasite

Malaria Vaccine For Pregnant Women Kills Cancer

Scientists testing a malaria vaccine in pregnant women made a surprising discovery that shows promise for treating cancer. When the team created the protein the malaria parasite uses to adhere to the placenta and added a toxin, they discovered that the protein is identical to a carbohydrate found in cancer…Continue readingMalaria Vaccine For Pregnant Women Kills Cancer