The parasite responsible for the intense fevers, chills, and headaches of malaria has proven elusive to the scientific effort to come up with a vaccine.So Dutch researchers are trying a new approach — "vaccinating" people by having them get bitten by mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite, similar
Here's a neat genetic trick: Make a chicken that can get the flu, but can't pass it on to other birds -- or, presumably, to the humans who take care of them.British researchers have done it.The British team, with the support of a big poultry breeder and government funding, inserted a gene into c
After years of pressure from environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to ban sulfuryl fluoride by 2014.Sulfuryl fluoride is used to fumigate places where food is stored, and the stuff gets sprayed on grains, dried fruit, coffee, cocoa beans and nuts.The problem with sul
So what's the world's leading killer of young children? Malaria? AIDS? Diarrhea?Nope, it's acute respiratory infections – things like pneumonia, flu, respiratory syncytial virus, Hemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), and complications of measles.
In another significant vote on the health front Tuesday, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors took a big step toward an ordinance against restaurants handing out toys as part of junky kids' meals.Can you say McDonald's Happy Meal?
In Maryland, where I live, there's a 1 in 119 chance that I'll hit a deer with my car in the next year.Overall, there's a 1 in 183 chance of an American driver doing the same thing, according to claims data crunched by insurer State Farm.