GlaxoSmithKline has spent 30 years developing a vaccine to prevent Malaria, a tropical disease mainly spread by mosquitoes. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A British drug maker has come a step closer to making the world’s first malaria vaccine available for use.GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has submitted an appli(...)

Officials pile dead chickens into bags in Hong Kong earlier this year in a mass cull after the deadly H7N9 virus was discovered in poultry imported from mainland China. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

US virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka has form when it comes to sparking controversy. Last month, his team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison publish(...)

Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone, in Freetown in June. Photograph: Umaru Fofana/Reuters

The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the president’s office has said. Sheik Umar K(...)

A woman reacts at the funeral of seven members of her family who were killed overnight in an attack in Gaza City. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

Palestinian civilians in densely populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel’s military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the(...)

Parents in Britain will be prosecuted if they fail to prevent their daughter being cut, and all victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) will get lifelong anonymity, British prime minister David Cameron will say today.  Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Parents in Britain will be prosecuted if they fail to prevent their daughter being cut, and all victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) will get li(...)

Some of India’s poorest women and children receive treatment in Agni Raksha, in the heart of Bangalore, treatment they would otherwise be unable to afford. Photograph: Thinkstock

I can look only at Suma’s face when I first meet her. I am afraid that if I look at the raw, bleeding flesh on the rest of her body, my face will betr(...)

Apologies for the acronym-laden opening sentence, but could Mers become the next Sars?Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), which causes coughing,(...)

A hidden issue: it is estimated that 11,000 older people in Ireland suffer from some form of abuse

‘It is like being in a prison and in a dark hole and you cannot see any light. He put me in prison and he kept me there”“My glasses fell off me and br(...)

The former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood is to be appointed chairman of the first Healthy Ireland Council at a function in Dublin Castle tomorrow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood is to be appointed chairman of the first Healthy Ireland Council at a function in Dublin Castle today. Oth(...)

Babies’ clothing on the railings of the Dáil  during a march from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Mespil Road, Dublin to the Dáil, in solidarity with the babies and mothers from Tuam, and all mother and baby homes as a gesture of rememberance and care. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Why are we so shocked about the 796 infants and children who died in St Mary’s mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway? The Sunday World referred to I(...)