HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
A leading cause of preventable blindness may be controlled by simple course of oral antibiotic

Treating entire communities with the oral antibiotic azithromycin might effectively control an infection that causes widespread eye disease in developing countries, according to a new study.

The eye disease is trachoma, one of the world's leading causes of preventable blindness. Research results show oral treatment to be markedly better in reducing the number of infections than topical therapy, which uses an ointment form of the antibiotic tetracycline. Public health programs historically used the topical ointment for treatment and control of trachoma.

"We have known for decades that we had the antibiotics to successfully treat this disease when cases developed, but we didn't seem to have the right drug delivery method to control the bug over time. Now we know that we do, and we are very excited at the promise of these results," said Julius Schachter, PhD, professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California San Francisco and lead investigator of the study.

"Although azithromycin costs more than tetracycline ointment, the expense may be offset by the higher costs of distributing and administering multiple doses of the ointment," added Schachter, who also is director of the UCSF Chlamydia Research Laboratory at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center. Study findings are reported in the August 21st issue of the British medical journal, The Lancet.

Researchers compared the effect of the two antibiotic regimens on infection rates in villages located in trachoma endemic areas where transmission of infection is high. The villages were in the African countries of Egypt, The Gambia, and Tanzania.

Previous studies have shown that topical antibiotics reduced the severity of disease and infection levels for the short-term, but they did not control trachoma levels over the long-term.

Trachoma occurs when the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis infects the inner eyelid. The disease persists in staggering numbers in developing countr
'"/>

Contact: Rebecca Sladek Nowlis
rsnowlis@pubaff.ucsf.edu
415-476-2557
University of California - San Francisco
20-Aug-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Public morally obliged to take part in scientific research, says leading ethicist
2. New guideline tackles leading cause of mother and child death
3. Breast implant Website launched by leading plastic surgery societies
4. Small increases or blips in HIV levels do not signal mutations leading to drug-resistant HIV
5. Government approach to cutting hospital stays may be misleading
6. Thanks for the memories: cinematic portrayal of amnesia is profoundly misleading
7. Money issues leading cause of holiday stress for Americans
8. Tar measurements on cigarette packets are misleading
9. Researchers discover new clinical syndrome leading to severe osteoarthritis
10. Lung cancer now leading cause of cancer death in women
11. Mechanism leading to life-threatening infection identified by UCSD School of Medicine researchers

Post Your Comments:
(Date:1/22/2015)... Bradley, Illinois (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Deer ... -- will host a Valentine’s Day Happy Hour from 3 p.m. ... located at 12500 Regency Parkway in Huntley, Illinois, serves adults with ... Happy Hour event will include Valentine's Day treats, games and sweetheart-themed ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... The City of West Hollywood hosted a news ... the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, ... years since the Roe vs. Wade decision and the fight to ... ever,” said City of West Hollywood Councilmember Abbe Land. “We need ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... VogueQueen is a seasoned and trusted leader who ... are thrilled to have it lead the wedding dress industry ... of prom dresses for the global market. , “The CEO ... and he focuses on continuing the goal of operational excellence ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 23, 2015 AngelWeddingDress, the premier women’s ... maternity wedding dresses. View website of AngelWeddingDress.com ... for maternity wedding dresses online for a bridal party. ... high quality for them. Its maternity wedding dresses are ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 Thousand of GranuFlo lawsuits ( ... its GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis concentrates continue to move ... District Court, District of Massachusetts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. ... has remanded a case filed by the state of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Deer Path of Huntley Affordable Assisted Living to Host Valentine's Day Happy Hour 2Health News:VogueQueen Unveils New Designs of Prom Dresses for 2015 2Health News:AngelWeddingDress Has Recently Released Its Collection Of 2015 Maternity Wedding Dresses 2Health News:Court Overseeing Federal GranuFlo Lawsuits Remands Louisiana Claim Back to State Court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 2Health News:Court Overseeing Federal GranuFlo Lawsuits Remands Louisiana Claim Back to State Court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 3Health News:Court Overseeing Federal GranuFlo Lawsuits Remands Louisiana Claim Back to State Court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 4
(Date:1/23/2015)... , Jan. 23, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... Telemedicine Market- Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and ... Video communication has been the topic of fascination since ... United States and the Soviet Russia. Earlier even ...
(Date:1/23/2015)... Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5dh22x/urinary_catheters ) has announced the ... Foley Catheters, Intermittent Catheters and Male External or Condom ... and Forecast 2014 - 2020" report to their ... market for urinary catheters is experiencing a healthy growth ...
(Date:1/23/2015)... 23, 2015  A new analysis of Centers for Medicare ... data shows that 81 percent of seniors chose lower-cost ... discounts at certain pharmacies. The findings were released by ... are now the foundation of Medicare Part D," said ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Video Telemedicine Market- Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020 2Video Telemedicine Market- Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020 3Urinary Catheters Market (Indwelling or Foley Catheters, Intermittent Catheters and Male External or Condom Catheters) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020 2Urinary Catheters Market (Indwelling or Foley Catheters, Intermittent Catheters and Male External or Condom Catheters) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020 3New Analysis: 81 Percent of Medicare Part D Seniors Choose "Preferred Pharmacy" Plans in 2015 2
Cached News: