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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...

2008-09-23 03:00:27

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. Many were torn from their families and left to fend for themselves. Today, visitor interest in Kalaupapa, on the northern edge of Molokai island, is growing. It will likely increase when the Vatican proclaims...

2008-09-05 00:00:26

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. If Colin Ross continues to be denied the drug, Revlimid, he will die within a few months, experts say. His lawyers told the High Court yesterday that he was the victim of a postcode lottery. Mr Ross, 55, said his doctors had requested funding for up to four courses of Revlimid at 5,000 a...

2008-08-10 09:00:30

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. Toguchi, however, turned to another source - a Roman Catholic missionary who died more than a century ago. "I'm going to Molokai to pray to Father Damien," Toguchi calmly told Dr. Walter Y.M. Chang after hearing her prognosis. "Mrs. Toguchi, prayers are nice and it's...

2008-08-06 00:00:38

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. Alex Cooper, now 16, was told he had between six and 12 months to live when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August 2002. But, with the help of a trial form of chemotherapy, he was given the all-clear by doctors two years ago. The cancer and its treatments gave him a poor short-term memory,...

2008-07-14 21:00:11

Six-thousand-year-old bones excavated in Jericho may help an Israeli-Palestinian-German research group combat tuberculosis, researchers said. The bones, excavated between 50 years and 70 years ago, will be tested for tuberculosis, leprosy, leishmania and malaria, Israeli team lead Mark Spigelman, of the Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said in a news release Monday. Spigelman is known for his studies of ancient diseases...

2007-05-09 03:00:11

By Hussain, Tahziba A quick glance at this review article provides an insight into the common and different features of M. leprae and M. tuberculosis and the diseases caused by these organisms. Table I provides the popular names, history, stigma, description of the disease, clinical features, classification and the types of disease manifestations, who are affected, Signs and Symptoms, Clinical examination, treatment regimens, reactions, relapses, immunity, infectiousness, risk groups,...

2006-06-04 09:36:46

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Celgene Inc. said on Sunday its cancer drug Thalomid improved survival by a significant amount in elderly patients with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Data presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Atlanta showed that giving Thalomid in combination with two standard drugs improved survival compared with either the standard therapy alone or standard therapy plus a stem cell transplant. The current standard first-line...

2006-03-17 06:58:40

By Alexandra Hudson THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The UN war crimes tribunal said on Friday that preliminary results of blood tests showed no indication Slobodan Milosevic's death by heart attack was caused by poisoning. Milosevic, who died in jail last Saturday just months before a verdict in his war crimes trial, had suffered from high blood pressure and a heart condition. "So far no indications of poisoning have been found," Judge Fausto Pocar, president of the UN war crimes tribunal,...


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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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