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A new study suggests that some homemade soups – made of chicken, beef or vegetables — might help fight malaria.

Jake Baum of the Imperial College London led the research.

He asked children at a London school to bring in homemade clear soups that their families would make to treat a fever.

The children were from many different cultural backgrounds.

The soups were then exposed to the parasite that creates 99.7 percent of malaria cases in Africa, the World Health Organization, WHO, explained.

Of the 56 soups tested, five were more than 50 percent effective in containing the growth of the parasite.

Two were as effective as one drug now used to treat malaria.

And four soups were more than 50 percent effective at preventing parasites from aging to the point that they could infect mosquitoes that spread the disease.

Baum and his team reported their results recently in the publication Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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