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2013-03-21 16:13:24

Drug may be major advance as malaria has developed resistance to existing treatments Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University and the Portland VA Medical Center have developed a drug that may represent one of the world's best hopes for treating and preventing malaria – a disease that kills more than one million people each year. The scientists have described the drug, and its effectiveness against mice infected with malaria, in the March 20 issue of Science...

Tapeworm Genome Could Provide Targeted Drug Therapies
2013-03-14 05:20:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team, led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has mapped the genome of tapeworms to reveal potential drug targets for existing drugs. Urgently needed and effective treatments for the debilitating diseases caused by tapeworms could be developed from the new information the genome provides. Two of the World Health Organization's (WHO) 17 neglected tropical diseases are caused by tapeworms: echinococcosis and...

2013-02-27 16:27:14

LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a telltale molecular marker for Onchocerciasis or "river blindness," a parasitic infection that affects tens of millions of people in Africa, Latin America and other tropical regions. The newly discovered biomarker, detectable in patients' urine, is secreted by Onchocerca volvulus worms during an active infection. The biomarker could form the basis of a portable,...

2013-02-26 16:26:27

- DNDi, in the words of the jury, has "developed and delivered new, effective and affordable treatments for poverty related diseases." MADRID, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth annual BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Development Cooperation category goes to the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) for "developing and delivering new, effective and affordable treatments for poverty related diseases including Chagas disease, sleeping sickness,...

2013-02-26 00:21:27

New Video Builds Momentum in Global Effort to End Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2020 WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a hard-hitting new video released today, celebrities from around the world called for support in the global effort to control and eliminate seven diseases that plague more than 1 billion people around the world, including 500 million children. In the video, international actors and musicians witness the devastation neglected tropical diseases...

2013-02-08 11:59:31

The disease's economic burden meets or exceeds that of rotavirus, Lyme disease and cervical cancer Today, The Lancet Infectious Diseases published a new report that examines the global economic burden of Chagas disease. In the first study of its kind, researchers measured the health and economic impact of Chagas disease and found that the total economic burden of Chagas disease matches or exceeds that of many more well-known diseases such as rotavirus, Lyme disease and cervical cancer....

2013-02-07 12:21:01

An international collaboration of researchers from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), Tunisia and France has demonstrated a high cure rate and remarkably few side effects in treating patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) with an investigational antibiotic cream. CL is a parasitic disease that causes disfiguring lesions, with 350 million people at risk worldwide and 1.5 million new cases annually, including U.S. military personnel serving abroad and the...

2013-02-01 09:46:19

Fight against river blindness is successful and inexpensive A relatively inexpensive program set up to combat river blindness, an infectious disease, has resulted in major health improvements in Africa, shows a study conducted by Erasmus University Medical Center researchers. The study, due to be published January 31 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shows that US$250 million helped cure or prevent blindness, skin disease, severe itching, and other symptoms in millions of people. In...

2013-01-16 04:21:26

NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Global partners in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have made substantial progress over the past year, with more than 40 countries delivering detailed plans to control and eliminate these diseases and major pharmaceutical companies donating more than one billion treatments to meet 100 percent of drug requests by endemic countries. These successes are outlined in a new report, From Promises to Progress, released today in advance of...

Snails In The Water Causing Disease In The Villages
2012-11-19 15:57:29

National Science Foundation Treatment for snail-borne schistosomiasis works best over the long haul Watch where you jump in for a swim or where your bath water comes from, especially if you live in Africa, Asia or South America. Snails that live in tropical freshwater in these locations are intermediaries between disease-causing parasitic worms and humans. People in developing countries who don't have access to clean water and good sanitation facilities are often exposed to the...


Latest Neglected diseases Reference Libraries

Giant Roundworm, Ascaris lumbricoides
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The giant roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) is a parasitic worm within the Nematoda phylum. This species can be found throughout the world, but occurs in higher numbers in tropical and subtropical areas. It causes the disease known as ascariasis in its human hosts and infects about one quarter of the entire world’s human population. It displays a sexual dimorphism, with females growing larger than males. Females reach an average body length between 7.8 and 19.2 inches, while males reach a...

Wuchereria bancrofti
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Wuchereria bancrofti is a species of roundworm in the Nematoda phylum. This species is spread through a mosquito vector, which means that it is transferred through mosquitos. This species infects over 120 million people in South America, Africa, and other tropical and subtropical areas. It is one of three species of parasitic worm that can cause lymphatic filariasis, which can lead to elephantiasis. The disease is wrongfully named, because the term translates to “a disease caused by...

Wuchereria bancrofti
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Wuchereria bancrofti is a species of roundworm in the Nematoda phylum. This species is spread through a mosquito vector, which means that it is transferred through mosquitos. This species infects over 120 million people in South America, Africa, and other tropical and subtropical areas. It is one of three species of parasitic worm that can cause lymphatic filariasis, which can lead to elephantiasis. The disease is wrongfully named, because the term translates to “a disease caused by...

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2011-03-04 17:38:30

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease with a 40 to 50 nm enveloped RNA virus with positive sense of the Flaviviridae family. It is transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes and is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa, but not in Asia. Primates and a few kinds of mosquitoes are the only known hosts. The origin of the disease is most likely Africa. From there it was introduced to South America through the slave trade in the 16th century. There...

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2011-01-12 16:33:15

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), caused by the dengue virus, is among the spectrum of acute febrile tropical disease and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Occurring mainly in the tropics it can be life threatening and is caused by four closely related virus stereotypes of the genus Flavivirus. It was identified and named in 1779. It has a nickname of "breakbone fever" due to it causing sever generalized bodyache. It tends to be more prevalent in the urban districts of its range...

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