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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....
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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.
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.
KALAUPAPA, Hawaii - In a state known for its tourist destinations, Kalaupapa is sacred ground with a history of disease, suffering and isolation. Some 8,000 people have died on this remote peninsula since the Hawaiian Kingdom started exiling leprosy patients here in 1866.
By Sadie Gray A cancer sufferer whose primary care trust refused to pay for a drug which could extend his life by up to three years has launched an "end of the road" legal challenge to the decision.
By JAYMES SONG By Jaymes Song The Associated Press AIEA, Hawaii When cancer spread into her lungs, doctors told Audrey Toguchi she had six months to live, at best, and suggested chemotherapy as the only option.
By CHRIS MALLETT A Teenage music-lover who has been treated for cancer for nearly six years has taken singing lessons with an international gospel choir, thanks to a children's charity.
Six-thousand-year-old bones excavated in Jericho may help an Israeli-Palestinian-German research group combat tuberculosis, researchers said.
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...