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2006-03-17 06:34:47

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. "So far no indications of poisoning have been found," Judge Fausto Pocar, president of the UN war crimes tribunal, told a news conference. "I would like to stress that these are provisional results." Tribunal registrar Hans Holthuis confirmed that traces of rifampicin -- a leprosy and...

2006-03-13 05:43:14

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Tests on Slobodan Milosevic's blood taken before he was found dead on Saturday showed traces of a medicine that negated the effect of high blood pressure drugs, a Dutch toxicologist said on Monday. Groningen University toxicologist Donald Uges told Reuters tests he conducted two weeks ago on Milosevic's blood showed traces of rifampicin -- a drug against leprosy and tuberculosis that would have made other medicines ineffective. The 64-year-old, who suffered from...

2006-01-19 12:19:19

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government is set to compensate former leprosy patients from foreign countries who were incarcerated in isolation centres during Japanese colonial rule, media said on Thursday. A Tokyo court late last year rejected the government's claim that a law mandating compensation to all former leprosy patients confined in special centres under a draconian long-term policy did not apply to former colonies, such as Taiwan and South Korea. The same court, in a...

2005-11-08 08:22:36

By Katharine Houreld GBARNGA, Liberia (Reuters) - Like many young girls her age, 11-year-old Fatu Kerkular likes to dance, enjoys basketball and wants to be a nurse when she grows up. But above the chipped red nail polish on her toes, her legs are covered in white patches. On her face and neck, beneath star-shaped plastic earrings, her skin bears the same marks -- the telltale signs of the first stages of leprosy. Since she was discharged from her local hospital in May, the symptoms...

2005-08-01 18:15:12

Jerusalem "“ What caused leprosy "“ a widely dreaded disease in medieval Europe "“ to fade from the scene? By the 16th century, the scourge had practically disappeared there. The reason seems to be, say researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in London, that tuberculosis, a far more deadly disease, overtook leprosy, killing millions throughout Europe. Their conclusion is based upon the examination of DNA from human remains from the ancient and medieval...

2005-05-27 22:55:00

Boston, MA - With the unusual opportunity that human leprosy infections provide for study of human immune responses, scientists have discovered how the body's early warning system prompts a rapid immune response by two separate armies of defensive cells. The finding helps explain why, when threatened by microbes like the leprosy bug, this initial defense sometimes succeeds in limiting the damage, but in other cases yields to a dangerous, spreading infection. Led by Stephan R. Krutzik of UCLA,...

2004-11-29 18:00:11

Researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz have shown the antibiotic rifampicin might help treat people suffering from Parkinson's disease. The drug, normally used to treat leprosy and tuberculosis, can reportedly prevent the formation of protein fibrils associated with the death of brain cells in people with Parkinson's disease. The researchers studied the effects of rifampicin in test tube experiments and are currently conducting studies with cell cultures and mice to...

Latest Leprosy Reference Libraries

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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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'