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2009-11-02 12:55:05

For thousands of years an undesirable and persistent companion has been traveling with man wherever he goes. Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, has only one known natural host "“ mankind. And because of man's many travels, this bacillus has colonized the entire earth. Its history is therefore intimately tied to our own, and it is this migratory relationship that Stewart Cole, EPFL professor of Microbial Pathogenesis, and his team have analyzed in a study to be...

2009-09-13 16:27:41

A British man Sunday said he will protest the government's refusal to compensate victims of the drug Thalidomide, administered to their mothers while pregnant. Gary Skyner, 49, of Liverpool, England, who was born with limb deformities because his mother was prescribed the anti-morning sickness drug, plans to begin a hunger strike in eight days, The Sunday Times of London reported. Skyner said the government refuses to provide additional compensation in addition to the annual compensation...

2009-07-17 07:59:57

Treating patients with thalidomide in combination with chemotherapy for small cell lung cancer (SCLC) did not improve their survival but did increase their risk of blood clots, according to a new study published online July 16 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Siow Ming Lee, M.D., of the Department of Oncology, University Hospital in London, and colleagues randomly assigned 724 SCLC patients to take either a placebo or thalidomide. Used in treating some other cancers,...

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2009-05-27 14:17:20

Researchers claim to have discovered the earliest evidence of leprosy in a 4,000-year-old skeleton from India. Gwen Robbins, an anthropologist at Appalachian State University, and a team of archaeologists from Deccan College in Pune, India, found the skeleton at the site of Balathal in Rajasthan. The region was thriving from about 3700 to 1800 B.C., they reported in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One. Robbins' team reported that the skeleton shows evidence of erosion caused by leprosy. It...

2009-05-11 07:00:00

ACZONE(R) Gel 5% is the First New FDA-Approved Chemical Entity for Topical Acne Treatment in a Decade CARLSBAD, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- SkinMedica, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a co-promotion agreement with Allergan for ACZONE(R) (dapsone) Gel 5%, a first-in-class topical treatment for acne vulgaris. Representing the first new molecule in a decade approved by the FDA for the topical treatment of acne in patients 12 years of age and older, ACZONE(R) Gel 5% combines...

2009-04-12 08:50:16

Thalidomide victims once snubbed by the German government are being offered compensation for birth defects caused by the drug, officials say. The German family ministry has announced it will temporarily waive a 26-year-old ban on considering thalidomide relief claims from foreign countries until the end of 2010, thus enabling victims from around the world to collect damages on the drug formerly made by the German company Grunenthal, The Sunday Times of London reported. Germany since 1983 has...

2009-02-01 13:47:43

Thalidomide victims in Britain say the government is denying them financial aid as they age and their health worsens. It's estimated more than 450 people whose mothers took thalidomide during pregnancy are nearing 50 and suffering physical breakdowns, The Sunday Times of London reported. Thousands of British mothers were prescribed thalidomide as a cure for morning sickness, and gave birth to babies who then died or grew up with drastically stunted arms and fingers and no shoulder joints....

2009-01-26 07:00:00

Use condemned as discriminatory at Global Appeal LONDON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Elimination of Leprosy and Japanese Government Goodwill Ambassador for the Human Rights of People Affected by Leprosy, has called for an end to the common use of the word "leper." Speaking at the launch in London of the fourth Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination Against People Affected by Leprosy, held to coincide with World Leprosy Day, he said...

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2008-11-25 12:00:00

A new species of bacterium that causes leprosy has been identified through intensive genetic analysis of a pair of lethal infections, a research team reports in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.All cases of leprosy, an ancient disease that still maims and kills in the developing world, previously had been thought to be caused by a single species of bacterium, said lead author Xiang-Yang Han, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Laboratory Medicine at The...

2008-10-03 18:00:32

Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry panel on Friday approved the production and sale of thalidomide, a controversial sedative-hypnotic banned more than 40 years ago, for the treatment of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, under strict conditions. The Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council conveyed the decision to Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe later in the day. The minister is expected to give his final go- ahead...


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2011-04-25 15:36:41

Mycobacterium leprae, mostly found in warm tropical countries, is a bacterium that causes leprosy (Hansen's disease). It is an intracellular, pleomorphic, acid-fast bacterium. M. leprae is an aerobic rod-shaped surrounded by the characteristic waxy coating unique to mycobacteria tuberculosis. Due to its thick waxy coating, M. leprae stains with a carbol fuscin rather than with the traditional Gram stain. Gerhard Armauer Hansen first discovered it in 1873. It was the first bacterium to be...

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