The triclosan commonly found in toothpaste may be able to do a whole lot more than we knew. New research shows that it targets a key enzyme in malaria. And that find could lead to new drugs to combat a disease that kills 500,000 people each year.
A second research group, this one from Portland State University, says it's testing a single-pill cure for malaria. That now makes two studies that look very promising. The availability of a single-pill cure would go a long way toward wiping out the infection in Africa, where it still kills more than 400,000 children each year.