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2010-03-22 08:22:49

A new simple, inexpensive three-in-one test to diagnose a terrible trio of parasitic diseases that wreak havoc in the developing world is passing preliminary tests, scientists reported Sunday March 21. Described during the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society the test is for Chagas' disease, leishmaniasis, and "sleeping sickness" or African trypanosomiasis. This year will see about 800,000 new cases of Chagas disease, 2 million of leishmaniasis, and 70,000 of sleeping...

2010-03-02 09:09:07

The first systematic study of surveillance techniques for the insect vector of Chagas disease in Amazonia, conducted by researchers from the Fiocruz Instituto Leônidas e Maria Deane, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and colleagues, concludes that tall palm trees with large amounts of debris on their crowns and stems should be targets for disease surveillance and control. Chagas disease, caused by a parasite...

2009-12-16 00:10:52

New research shows how the migration and settlement patterns associated with the rapid urbanization of Peru may link to Chagas disease transmission. The study, published December 15 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, suggests that the practice of shantytown residents from Arequipa making frequent seasonal moves to rural valleys where Chagas vectors are present may have contributed to the growing presence of Chagas disease near urban Arequipa, Peru. Chagas disease...

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2009-12-08 10:10:36

The parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (or T. cruzi), which causes Chagas' disease, will go to great lengths to evade death once it has infected human host cells, researchers have discovered. In a study published in the November 17 online issue of Science Signaling, the researchers describe how a protein called parasite-derived neurotrophic factor (PDNF) prolongs the life of the T. cruzi parasite by activating anti-apoptotic (or anti-cell-death) molecules in the host cell. These protective mechanisms...

2009-08-22 23:22:25

Parasitic diseases like Chagas and dengue fever have spread along the border with Mexico and in other poor areas of the United States, researchers say. Scientists say the diseases can cause long-term health problems, including birth defects and heart disease, The Wall Street Journal reports. The diseases thrive in conditions where people have poor sanitation and suffer from malnutrition and are usually associated with poor countries, especially in the tropics.. These are diseases that we know...

2009-07-15 13:33:55

Two UCSF research papers this week are marking major breakthroughs in the effort to tackle schistosomiasis (bilharzia), a tropical disease that infects more than 200 million people worldwide and causes long-term debilitating illness and occasional paralysis or death.One paper documents a multinational success, led by a team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in England, in sequencing the genome of the Schistosoma mansoni blood fluke, which has taken nearly a decade to achieve,...

2009-01-13 06:00:00

TORONTO, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - GeneNews Limited (TSX: GEN), a company focused on developing blood-based biomarker tests for the early detection of diseases and personalized health management, today announced it has been granted U.S. Patent # 7,473,528 entitled "Method for the detection of Chagas disease related gene transcripts in blood". This patent protects the Company's discovery of a blood biomarker-based method of testing for Chagas disease, a serious and potentially fatal...

2008-07-21 15:01:02

Children infected by Chagas disease, endemic in 21 countries in Central and South America, will soon have access to a treatment tailored to their needs. As a result of the new partnership between Lafepe and DNDi, the first pediatric formulation of benznidazole will be made available to patients by the end of 2009. The drug will be sold at cost, with no profit to the institutions involved in its development, and will be available for distribution worldwide. Although benznidazole has been...

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2008-06-25 12:10:00

Diseases brought about by bacterial, viral and parasitic infections are harming the health and energy of millions of the nation's poor, according to a new report released this week.  Many of the diseases are typically associated with developing countries, such as Chagas disease and dengue fever, but are also common in poor regions of the United States, the researchers reported. These may even become a bigger problem for the United States as the climate changes, said Dr. Peter Hotez of...

2008-06-25 00:02:50

A U.S. report concludes the nation's poor are needlessly suffering from neglected infections commonly found in poverty-stricken regions. The study, published in the Public Library of Science, said hundreds of thousands of people living in the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia, inner cities and Mexican borderlands suffer from parasitic, bacterial and congenital infections similar to so-called neglected tropical diseases in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Sabin Vaccine Institute's Global...


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2005-09-09 11:58:43

Reduviidae is a family of predatory insects in the suborder Heteroptera. It includes assassin bugs and wheel bugs (genera include Arilus, Melanolestes, Psellipus, Reduvius, Rhiginia, Sinea, Triatoma, and Zelus), ambush bugs (genera include Apiomerus and Phymata), and thread-legged bugs (the subfamily Emesinae, including the genus Emesaya). Physical characteristics There are more than 150 species in North America alone, with species existing all over the world. Adult bugs often range...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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