Quantcast

Latest Lancet Infectious Diseases Stories

2013-11-14 13:04:52

Lower doses of the antimalarial drug primaquine are as effective as higher doses in reducing malaria transmission, according to a study published today in Lancet Infectious Diseases by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researchers. Primaquine is one of the few antimalarial drugs that targets the transmission stages of the malaria parasite, the gametocytes, and is therefore considered to be an important tool for malaria elimination. However, standard doses of the drug...

2013-10-17 16:36:10

First time an oral cholera vaccine is proven to provide sustained protection for five years against cholera A clinical study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases shows for the first time that an oral cholera vaccine (ShancholTM) provides sustained protection against cholera in humans for up to five years. The study showed the vaccine had a protective efficacy of 65% over a five-year period. The landmark study was a collaboration between scientists from the International Vaccine...

2012-05-22 08:55:38

Poor quality antimalarial drugs lead to drug resistance and inadequate treatment that pose an urgent threat to vulnerable populations, according to a National Institutes of Health study published May 22 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Emergence of malaria strains that are resistant to artemisinin drugs on the Thailand-Cambodia border make it imperative to improve the drug supply, stressed the authors. "Poor quality antimalarial drugs are very likely to jeopardize the...

2012-01-17 13:12:58

A research team led by St. Michael's Hospital's Dr. Kamran Khan is teaming up with British authorities to anticipate and track the risk for an infectious disease outbreak at the London Olympics this summer. For the first time, experts from around the world are working together to integrate technologies and disease surveillance at both local and global levels. "Systems that track infectious diseases at the global level are poorly connected to those at the local level," said Dr. Khan,...

Updated Flu Vaccines Needed
2011-10-26 13:40:06

Americans lining up for their annual flu shot might want to consider that the vaccines may be far less effective than thought, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Anna Yukhananov of Reuters reports that University of Minnesota disease specialist Michael Osterholm and his colleagues found the most common flu vaccine in the United States is effective for 59 percent of healthy adults, well below the 70 to 90 percent level previously reported. Stressing the...

2011-10-06 13:23:14

According to Anna R. Giuliano, Ph.D., program leader in cancer epidemiology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and colleagues in the Netherlands, earlier circumcision of males in South Africa may be a positive step in slowing the spread of both HIV and the human papillomavirus (HPV). Their commentary and data were published in a recent issue of the British medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases (Vol. 11) 581-582. "Countries with high incidences of HIV also have high...

124f5536eb60fadf6b584a0fca0c2804
2011-06-03 09:50:00

Researchers are claiming that a new "superbug" of MRSA is infecting cattle in Britain due to an over-use of antibiotics by dairy farmers, BBC News is reporting. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a drug-resistant form of a usually harmless bacterium which can be deadly when it infects wounds. Dr. Mark Holmes of Cambridge University, who led the research, said this was a "credible hypothesis". The researchers, writing in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, say there...

2011-05-05 15:37:36

If you want to improve HIV testing rates in remote rural areas, get the community involved, says UCLA's Thomas Coates, who has directed a new study examining HIV testing programs in communities in Africa and Southeast Asia. The research, published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, shows that when community mobilization activities and post-test psychosocial support services were added to easily accessible HIV counseling and testing programs, rates of initial and repeat testing in these...

2011-04-29 14:04:18

A large clinical trial comparing treatments for typhoid has recommended the use of gatifloxacin, a new generation and affordable antibiotic. The results of the trial in Kathmandu, Nepal, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Li Ka Shing Foundation, are published today in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. Typhoid "“ also known as 'enteric fever' "“ is characterised by a high fever and diarrhoea. It is transmitted through the ingestion of food or drink contaminated by the faeces or...


Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
Related