Tag: "tropical" at medical news
Monoclonal antibody cures West Nile virus-infected mice
...otentially life-threatening infection prevalent in tropical
cities. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologists estimate that there are100 million cases of dengue worldwide every year. "A lot of what we're learning from the West Nile virus antibody will be of consequence for the development of...
Parasite genome sequences offer hope for new drugs and vaccines, Science studies say
...hese disease-causing parasites to humans living in tropical
and subtropical regions of the world. Researchers identified about 6,200 core genes that are present in all three parasites in a similar order within each genome. Some of the proteins encoded in these genes could serve as targets for drugs that would...
Controlling neglected tropical diseases could help make poverty history
...ses in Africa are being ignored, say three eminent tropical
disease researchers in the international health journal PLoS Medicine. The neglected tropical
diseases, which include sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis, river blindness, hookworm, elephantiasis...
Researchers call for better public health campaigns to control and eliminate river blindness
... overlooked disease as it only affects the poorest tropical
areas. Greater investment needs to be made in public awareness campaigns to reduce exposure to it in the affected countries." The researchers are from Imperial College London, Institut de Recherche pour le Dveloppement, France, Institut fr Tierphysio...
MSG-2 will advance long-term monitoring of Earth's energy balance
..., for example, to study how the daily variation of tropical
clouds over Africa affect the climate balance, and also how the huge dust storms that sweep from the Sahara out over the Atlantic can affect the weather and the climate," says Prof. John Harries of Imperial College, Principal Investigator for GERB. ...
Controlling neglected tropical diseases will boost fight against HIV, TB, and malaria
... a concurrent attack on the world's most neglected tropical
diseases, says a team of researchers in the intern...its work at a meeting on malaria and the neglected tropical
diseases at the Nobel Forum, Stockholm, on 30-31 January 2006, organized by the UN Millennium Projec...
Scientists develop malaria forecasting tool to predict disease risk
...mics. Dr Morse said: "The risk of an epidemic in tropical
countries such as Botswana increases dramatically shortly after a season of good rainfall when the heat and humidity allow mosquito populations to thrive. By using a number of climate models, we were able to compose weather predictions for such cou...
Envisat altimeter watches Pacific for cold tongue of La Niña
...sea surface height between the western and eastern tropical
Pacific support predictions that a La Nia event is...terns, as colder than normal waters in the eastern tropical
Pacific suppress rainfall in the vicinity, at the same time as increasing it to the west. During th...
Flu in the subtropics
A new study shows that tropical
and subtropical countries suffer far more illness and death during flu outbreaks than previously imagined, with both hospital admissions and deaths rising considerably during a flu outbreak. Most strains of influenza are successfully fought off by th...
Elephantiasis close to elimination in Egypt
...mphatic filariasis, is a disfiguring and disabling tropical
disease caused by infection with parasitic worms. Egypt is one of the first countries to implement a national programme to eliminate the disease using the World Health Organization's strategy of repeated rounds of mass drug administration (MDA) with ...
Global program to eliminate elephantiasis has early success in Egypt
...lion people are infected with filarial worms in 83 tropical
countries. Of those infected, approximately 40 million have clinical symptoms. As many as 1.2 billion people are at risk of infection with the parasites, which can live and reproduce for several years inside the human body. According to the World He...
Mount Sinai Global Health Center receives $1M grant
...ents will learn about malaria and other aspects of tropical
medicine. They will receive training in obtaining clean water, getting around countries that lack sophisticated transportation, assessing disaster areas and employing appropriate interventions quickly, and assisting in refugee and other humanitarian ...
New approach assesses risk of water-borne pathogen disease
...loping countries, but is particularly prevalent in tropical
countries where poor people live under highly crow... highlight the risk for acquiring leptospirosis in tropical
environments. Noted risk factors include the use of well or stream water, minding livestock, walkin...
Report issued on outbreak of serious eye infection linked with use of certain contact lens solution
... is the major cause of fungal keratitis in certain tropical
or subtropical regions. Beginning in March 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received multiple reports of Fusarium keratitis among contact lens wearers in the US. Douglas C. Chang, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Pr...
Waterborne infectious diseases could soon be consigned to history, says expert
... College London, argues that up to seven neglected tropical
diseases including river blindness could be brought under control, with infection by some eliminated entirely, if existing programmes increase their coverage. In Africa some 500 million people need treatment to control diseases such as disfiguring ...
Study shows antibiotic-resistant bacteria responsible for increase in muscle infections
...ve found two bacterial muscle infections common in tropical
countries becoming more frequent occurrences along with the emergence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), according to a study published in the Oct. 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available onli...
Public Library of Science to launch new, open access journal on neglected tropical diseases
...z, Editor-in-Chief of the journal and an expert on tropical
diseases at George Washington University. "For ce...c, medical, and public health aspects of neglected tropical
diseases, including public policy studies. It will include an engaging magazine section containing...
World-wide warning of highly drug-resistant tuberculosis
...Dr Stephen Lawn, senior lecturer in infectious and tropical
diseases at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, says that drug resistance to tuberculosis results largely from poorly managed care and control of the disease. Poor prescribing practices, low drug quality (or erratic supply) and poor adheren...
Political commitment and strong health systems needed to control tropical worm disease
...ies have made great progress in the control of the tropical
worm disease schistosomiasis, but political commit...worms. The disease mainly affects people living in tropical
countries that come into contact with infested waters but it can also affect travelers. Up to 200 mi...
A better diet through online shopping?
...in terms of morbidity and mortality throughout the tropical
world, it is astonishing how few clinical trials have addressed its treatment Akech and colleagues are to be congratulated for pursuing practical clinical answers to how the management of severe malaria in Africa can be improved." Citation: Akech S...