It's about to get a lot harder to escape from malaria

The only thing protecting you from malaria may be a cool climate. And with climate change raising temperatures in some regions, that protection may be over. Researchers today published the first hard evidence that malaria moves into new regions as they warm up. » 3/06/14 4:40pm 3/06/14 4:40pm

Oh good, a freaky brain parasite has found its way to the Arctic

Toxoplasma gondii – the brain parasite infamous for making rats fearless of cats and maybe causing schizophrenia in humans – has been identified in Beluga whales. In the Arctic. It's an example, researchers say, of how the warming of the Arctic is allowing pathogens access where before they could not reach. » 2/15/14 10:15am 2/15/14 10:15am

Humans Become Unwilling Test Subjects in West Virginia Chemical Spill

Last week, thousands of gallons of a poorly understood compound called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) spilled from Freedom Industries chemical complex into West Virginia's Elk River before quickly spreading to the water supplies of hundreds of thousands of people. Sound scary? It gets worse. » 1/19/14 9:00am 1/19/14 9:00am

Pneumonic "deadlier-than-bubonic" plague reported in Madagascar

The Pasteur Institute of Madagascar confirmed yesterday that a Madagascar village had lost at least twenty people to a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague. Today, the BBC confirmed with officials that two cases of pneumonic plague – considered deadlier and more virulent than bubonic plague – have also been reported. » 12/11/13 6:29pm 12/11/13 6:29pm

The world's first malaria vaccine is on track to be approved by 2015, paving the way for its use by 2016. "It's on that trajectory, and the plan is to file with the European Medicines Agency in 2014," says David Kaslow, VP of product development at the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, which supported development of the… » 10/08/13 3:49pm 10/08/13 3:49pm