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Largest genome-wide association study of an infectious disease.
The DNA of a 1st century shrouded man found in a tomb on the edge of the Old City of Jerusalem has revealed the earliest proven case of leprosy.
'Renaissance' in use may lead to new treatments for controversial drug.
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 â€“ mankind.
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.
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.
Researchers claim to have discovered the earliest evidence of leprosy in a 4,000-year-old skeleton from India.
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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...
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....
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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