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Researchers in Australia are working on ways to tackle dengue fever

Dengue breakthrough made in Oz

Australian researchers hope residents and holidaymakers will be at less risk of contracting dengue virus within a few years.

Men are more likely to contract malaria in countries where the overall levels of the disease are falling, research has shown

Scientists call for malaria rethink

Scientists have said new measures are needed to tackle malaria in countries that have seen levels of the disease fall. A study has found in places such as Malaysia and Bhutan there are areas where the infection remains, especially among men living or working outdoors.

Costs associated with getting to hospital are among those cancer patients face

Don't count cancer cost on holiday

Cancer is not only costly to your health but your wallet as well, new research suggests. Having cancer costs a typical patient £6,840 a year, according to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. Four in five sufferers are forced to pay £570 a month in extra spending. This includes fuel bills and travelling to hospital, as well as a loss of income.

The importance of inhalers has been highlighted

Campaign to stop asthma deaths

A charity has warned people with asthma to take their condition more seriously after research showed more than half did not think they were in danger of having a severe attack. Asthma UK surveyed 50,000 asthma sufferers and 52% of those questioned did not think they were at risk of an attack. But the charity has said that out of those people, 90% were actually under-estimating the danger they were in.

The smoking ban in public places is leading to reduced numbers of asthma sufferers being admitted to hospital, new research has found

Smoking ban 'cuts' asthma cases

Hospitals are dealing with nearly 2,000 fewer admissions of asthma patients every year thanks to smoking being banned in public places, according to new research. The study carried out by a team from the University of Bath looked at hospital emergency admission data during the three years following the introduction of the ban in England in July 2007.

Scientists have developed a new technique which introduces disease-blocking bacteria into mosquitoes

Anti-virus study targets mosquitoes

Scientists believe they have developed a technique to help halt the spread of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and potentially malaria. It works by introducing disease-blocking bacteria into mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are unable to spread viruses when infected with the bacteria Wolbachia - but it has been difficult to spread because it reduces the mosquitoes' ability to lay viable eggs.

Many British travellers are continuing to play down the financial risk of getting sick or injured when out of the country

Uninsured face hefty medical bills

Nearly a quarter of British tourists are leaving themselves open to "mortgage-sized" medical bills by failing to buy travel insurance before they venture abroad, a leading industry body has said. Despite the prospect of taking a serious financial hit, travellers are continuing to play down the risk of getting sick or injured when out of the country, according to a report by the Association of British Insurers.

New strain: As China braces itself for a fresh outbreak, Britain still remembers bird flu signs such as this one going up at the end of 2007

New bird flu scare probe talks

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is in talks with the Chinese government following a new bird flu strain which has struck at least 21 people. They are discussing whether to send a team from the global health body to help investigate the fresh outbreak. International experts are likely to include epidemiological, laboratory and communications experts, but it remains unclear if and when such a group would arrive.

Dengue fever affects as many as 390 million people around the world every year, according to research

Dengue affects '390 million people'

Mosquito-borne virus dengue fever affects as many as 390 million people around the world every year, according to a new study.

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