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Condom Use In Thailand Dramatically Cuts HIV Infection

...h policymanagement. STDs, such as syphilis and chancroid, are the leading risk factor forHIV infections, says Celentano. They create breaks in the skin in the genitalarea, allowing HIV to invade the body more easily, and increase the number ofimmune system cells called macrophages and T cells...

NSF Scientist Receives Award In Research Training Of Minorities In Microbiology

...ver 40years. He is known for his contributions in syphilis research, by which hedeveloped a widely used test for diagnosing syphilis. During his 30-yearteaching career at Harvard Medical School, he became the first African-Americanto be appointed a full professor. Dr. Williams, a former president of Atlant...

Syphilis Genome Sequence Offers Clues To Better Diagnosis, Prevention And Treatment

...s, potentially fatal sexually transmitted disease, syphilis once causedwidespread epidemics and is still a maj...of illness and death around theworld. People with syphilis lesions also are at higher risk for HIV infection. Although reported syphilis cases in the United St...

Arsenic and old telomerase: Hopkins researchers unravel effects of arsenic on human cells

...for successfully treating infections like malaria, syphilis and yaws, arsenic is also an effective treatment for certain types of leukemia, or cancer of white blood cells. Long-term exposure to arsenic in drinking water, however, has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, ...

UT Southwestern researchers discover better tests to detect congenital syphilis in newborns

...ests that quickly and reliably diagnose congenital syphilis in newborns. "This is the first study to document the presence of the syphilis spirochete (bacteria) in the cerebrospinal fluid of infected infants. Thus we are the first to accur...

Study: Prenatal screening in Haiti region cut syphilis by 75 percent

...Haiti successfully cut the incidence of congenital syphilis in a rural region of that impoverished nation by 7...ed mothers. The scientists decentralized prenatal syphilis screening, shifting blood testing from a regional hospital out to 14 community dispensaries. Those d...

U-M researchers seek answers for African-Americans at risk for prostate cancer

... Tuskegee Study, a 40-year study of the effects of syphilis on African-American men. Even though an effective treatment for syphilis was discovered in the 1950s, the study continued for another 20 years and the men involved were neit...

Inherent mistrust of research institutions limits minority representation

... believing that they were being treated for latent syphilis while researchers were, in fact, withholding treatment to study the natural progression of the disease. Even a presidential apology on behalf of the people of the United States to the few surviving victims in 1997 seems only to have reinforced the di...

A new spin on spirochetes

...(gum) disease, and of other spirochetes that cause syphilis and Lyme disease. "This highlights the power of comparative genomics to help us understand how related pathogens can cause completely different diseases," says Ian Paulsen, who led the sequencing along with fellow TIGR researcher Rekha Seshadri. Paul...

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