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2013-11-18 10:34:42

Preliminary success using 'probiotics' against hookworms raises hope for treating afflictions that burden 1.5 billion and cause stunting, development delays in children Laboratory animals fed a modified version of a common human dietary supplement were completely cured of intestinal worms that belong to a family of parasites that currently infect 1.5 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world's population, according to new research presented today at the annual meeting of the...

2013-01-17 13:28:17

Feeling feverish after a visit to the tropics? It may not just be a bout with this year's flu. If you're a Western traveler, malaria and typhoid fever should top the list of diseases to discuss with your doctor when you return, especially following travel to Western Africa or India. In a study of more than 80,000 returned travelers who sought medical care for illnesses, around 3,000 (4 percent) were affected by malaria, typhoid fever and other potentially life-threatening tropical...

2012-08-13 10:24:40

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) recently named some of the world's most eminent malaria scientists and vaccinologists to its Vaccine Science Portfolio Advisory Council (VSPAC)--a group of external experts tasked with providing strategic input and advice on the MVI's scientific portfolio and overall research and development (R&D) program. MVI is driving the development of safe and effective vaccines for the fight against...

2011-12-10 02:19:08

Global HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts are missing a major opportunity to significantly improve health conditions in poor countries by simply adding low-cost care for the many other chronic and disabling diseases routinely afflicting and often killing these same patients, according to a panel of disease experts who spoke at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). "People want better health; they do not understand why we silo diseases,"...

Inbreeding Could Be Key Cause Of Bed Bug Infestations
2011-12-07 04:55:50

As bed bug populations spread throughout the United States, scientists at ASTMH meeting release new research on their biology and behavior New research on the bed bug's ability to withstand the genetic bottleneck of inbreeding, announced Dec. 6 at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) annual meeting, provides new clues to explain the rapidly growing problem of bed bugs across the United States and globally. After mostly disappearing in the US in the 1950s, the...

2011-12-05 11:15:12

Global problem of fatal snakebites and promising solutions such as motorcycle ambulances, rapid diagnostic tests and new antivenoms highlighted at ASTMH meeting Fatal snakebites are a bigger-than-acknowledged global health problem that has been vastly under-reported, according to research presented today at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's (ASTMH) annual meeting. A key reason for the low count is that many snakebite victims are treated or die without seeking or...

2011-02-04 03:14:00

DEERFIELD, Illinios, February 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The first assessment of the total cost of dengue illness in the Americas reveals the economic burden to be approximately $2.1 billion per year, exceeding that from other viral illnesses including human papillomavirus (HPV) and rotavirus. Results of the study conducted by Brandeis University were released in the February issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (http://www.ajtmh.org/ ). Approximately 60...

2010-11-05 07:00:00

ATLANTA, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A compound found in the skin of grapes and used to make red wine may help fight severe malaria, raising hopes of finding a new adjunctive therapy against an illness that kills an estimated 1 million people a year, according to a study presented today at The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 59th Annual Meeting. Resveratrol, which in earlier studies has been found to have beneficial anti-cancer effects and may protect the heart, had...

2010-11-03 07:27:00

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- GenVec, Inc. (Nasdaq: GNVC) announced today that the company will present on GenVec's malaria vaccine program at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 59th Annual Meeting, which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on November 3-7, 2010. A presentation, highlighting malaria antigen screening research conducted in this program, will be given by GenVec scientists. Additional presentations, to be given by GenVec...

2010-10-07 11:30:00

DEERFIELD, Ill., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- According to recent survey results published in the October issue of The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States are unfamiliar with Chagas' disease, a condition that affects an estimated 300,000 people in the United States and can cause serious cardiovascular and digestive complications. The disease can be transmitted from mother to her unborn child, and as many as 300 congenital...