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03 January 2012 09:07
Researchers have linked a person's feet to their chances of contracting malaria
Feet that are heavily covered with certain types of bacteria are more prone to attracting mosquito bites, according to new research.
But some people with a wide variety of different bacteria on their feet also appear to have some protection from bites, according to the study.
The scientists suggested that certain types of bacteria carrying specific microbe smells may have the ability to repel mosquitoes.
While there are a number of precautions people can take to reduce their chances of catching malaria while abroad, travellers should always make sure they have
medical travel insurance in place before going to a country where malaria is a risk.
The findings could help scientists fight the disease and other insect-spread infections by altering people's body odours, it was claimed.
The research was published in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE.
Dr Niels Verhulst, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and colleagues wrote: "Compounds that inhibit microbial production of human odour, or manipulation of the composition of the skin microbiota may reduce a person's attractiveness to mosquitoes."
14 January 2017
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13 January 2017
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24 December 2016
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11 January 2017
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10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
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06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
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04 January 2017
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31 December 2016
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30 December 2016
Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their paintings, new research suggests.
29 December 2016
A positive outlook for the UK travel industry is being tempered by uncertainty over the economy, according to a new report.