Tag: "worm" at medical news
National Academies News: William H. Foege to receive Public Welfare Medal, Academy's highest honor
...ld's poor, working on programs to eradicate Guinea worm
disease and river blindness. Though he resigned in 1992, Foege remains involved with the center's activities as a fellow and director of the Global 2000 program. In 1997 Foege was appointed Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Healt...
Thinking beyond deworming
...llion school-age children in the developing world, worm
infections cause about 200 million years of lost primary schooling.' The editorial concludes: 'The evidence for substantial public-health benefits and reductions in global burden of disease from deworming is overwhelming. Moreover, there are simple,...
Humble Planaria worm offers ideal model for drug withdrawal research
...e model. But despite this simplicity, the Planaria worm
has a brain and spinal cord, both key to studying ...periments in grade school. According to Raffa, the worm
was a popular research model in the 1960s, but hasn't been used much since. Because of its many adva...
Hopkins' young researchers honored for their contributions
...nderstand, say, the genetics goings on of the tiny worm
C. elegans. "Everyone can appreciate the value of clinical studies, but the importance of basic research can be tough to explain to friends and family," says Jason Pellettieri, a Ph.D. candidate working with Geraldine Seydoux, Ph.D., and recipient of...
Five more African countries to benefit from Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
...parasite travels to the liver, where it grows to a worm
about a centimetre in length. Male and female worms pair up and then live for many years in the blood vessels around the bladder and intestine, feeding off the blood. Female worms lay many eggs per day, which escape from the body back to the water du...
Grant of 20 million to establish the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
...isation." Schistosomiasis Schistosomiasis is a worm
parasite which currently affects over 200 million ...parasite travels to the liver, where it grows to a worm
about a centimeter in length. Male and female worms pair up and then live for many years in the blo...
Buck researcher awarded Brookdale Fellowship
...he nematode C. elegans as a model. The microscopic worm
is an ideal aging study subject because it is a very simple organism and lives only 20 days. This means that during his two-year fellowship, Dr. Gill will be able to observe the life span equivalent of 2,500 years of human life. He hopes the study ev...
Researchers identify for the first time proteins vital to maintaining nervous system architecture
...entified the proteins in C. elegans, a microscopic worm
employed as a model invertebrate to study neurobio...de of the animal close to the surface on which the worm
wriggles, and other nerves. A nerve cord is a collection of nerve axons, long projections of neuron...
Researchers identify promising target to slow Alzheimer's
...produced free radicals, which caused damage to the worm
muscle proteins. The worms making methionine-substituted amyloid did not produce free radicals; hence, there was no damage to the muscle proteins. Recent studies have demonstrated that higher than normal doses of vitamin E may slow the advance ...
Drug therapy significantly extends lifespan of worms
... have extended the normal lifespan of the nematode worm
C. elegans by approximately 50 percent. In addition, the scientists restored a normal lifespan to mutant worms that had a mitochondrial defect causing increased oxygen radical production and rapid aging. The findings were reported in the September ...
Vitamin D shows promise as cancer prevention drug
.... Oltipraz, developed to treat a type of parasitic worm
infection, is undergoing human trials for the prevention of liver cancer. This year, more than 550,000 Americans are expected to die of cancer and more than one million new cases will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society. The dise...