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By Maria Cheng The Associated Press

Malaria parasite may trigger human odour to lure mosquitoes

LONDON — Scientists may have figured out part of the reason why mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria: odour.

Swedish researchers say they’ve identified a substance pumped out by malaria parasites that triggers that distinctive smell, noticeable only to mosquitoes. The study from Stockholm University was published Thursday by the journal Science.

The cost of power: Presidents, prime ministers may age quicker and die sooner, new study says

LONDON Leading a country comes with extraordinary privileges but also, apparently, a price: new research suggests that heads of state age faster than normal and that the stress of the job may shave almost three years off their life expectancy.