Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
26 March 2013 09:04
Scientists are hoping drugs incorporating a new molecule may eventually be able to wipe out malaria
Scientists are hoping drugs incorporating a new molecule may eventually be able to wipe out malaria. Researchers at the University of South Florida said drugs based on the molecule would target the parasite that causes malaria at three points in its life-cycle.
One of the drugs, ELQ-300 has already been shown to block the transmission of the disease in mice and is likely to be cheaper to produce than other drugs to combat the mosquito-borne disease. Professor Dennis Kyle said the three-stage effect has the potential to help the treatment of those who already have malaria, stop people getting ill from it and also prevent it being passed from mosquitoes to humans. He said breaking the malaria life-cycle could lead to its eradication.
The research, published in the Science Translational Medicine journal, involves the mitochondria of cells that generate energy and the molecule is based on quinolones, antimalarial drugs discovered 60 years ago.
Travellers heading for areas where malaria is common often take antimalaria tablets before jetting off, but they can also arrange
medical travel insurance for further peace of mind.
24 March 2017
People who drink moderately are less likely to suffer a heart attack, according to a new study.
23 March 2017
Passengers on certain flights into the UK will no longer be able to carry laptops and tablets like iPads in their hand luggage.
22 March 2017
Mountaineers looking to scale the world's highest peak may need to shell out for a GPS device, according to Nepal's tourism chief.
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.