Features for the BBC website

Some old BBC News features and blog posts

Reporting from Malawi

In May I was lucky enough to travel to Blantyre, southern Malawi, to report on some fantastic health projects that are working to improve the lives of people in the warm heart of Africa   More than 100 children die from rabies every day around the world. The virus, transmitted through the saliva of infected people … Continue reading Reporting from Malawi

‘Cancer made me want mashed potato’

"Cancer and the various ways of treating it have a profound effect on your body. As part of that, the sense of taste, smell and appetite can be dramatically altered. For some patients, all food tastes of metal or their daily cup of tea or coffee becomes a complete turn off." Read the full article about … Continue reading ‘Cancer made me want mashed potato’

Sunglasses – not just a fashion accessory!

When the sun is shining, life can seem a little bit better. But the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause us harm. Many people regularly apply sunscreen to prevent skin damage and enjoy the sun in safety. But experts say it's just as important to protect our eyes and wear sunglasses. Just as the sun can … Continue reading Sunglasses – not just a fashion accessory!

It’s not just malaria that mosquitoes can give you….

My latest feature for the BBC News website, co-written with my colleague Paula. All over the world we cannot escape mosquito bites - and the diseases they carry. An epidemic of chikungunya - a viral disease carried by daytime-biting mosquitoes - is currently raging in the Caribbean. There are more than 5,900 suspected cases affecting … Continue reading It’s not just malaria that mosquitoes can give you….