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

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‘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’

Pilgrimages can help us understand antibiotic resistance

The Hindu holy sites in the Indian cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar attract millions of pilgrims each year - but they are now the destination for another group of devotees. Scientists trying to understand the rise of antibiotic resistance, considered by some to be the great health threat of our time, believe they could provide … Continue reading Pilgrimages can help us understand antibiotic resistance

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….