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2010-10-20 13:50:32

How parasites use different life-history strategies to beat our immune systems may also provide insight into the control of diseases, such as elephantiasis and river blindness, which afflict some of the world's poorest communities in tropical South-East Asia, Africa and Central America. The research is due to be published next week in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology. The study, led by Dr Simon Babayan of the University of Edinburgh, showed using a mouse model of parasite...

2010-07-28 07:00:00

HORSHAM, Pa., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Topaz Pharmaceuticals Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced positive results of studies of topical ivermectin cream, which it is developing as a potential treatment of Pediculus humanus capitis (head lice). In a Phase 2 dose-ranging study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology in Portland, OR, this novel topical formulation produced a statistically significant eradication of live lice as compared...

2010-02-09 14:30:00

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a potential new use for the drug closantel, currently the standard treatment for sheep and cattle infected with liver fluke. The new research suggests that the drug may be useful in combating river blindness, a tropical disease that is the world's second leading infectious cause of blindness for humans. The study is scheduled for publication in an advance, online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of...

2009-11-21 13:45:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A regional initiative launched in the 1990s to eliminate onchocerciasis (river blindness) in the Americas has substantially reduced the prevalence of the disease in recent years, as evidenced by a 31% decrease in the number of individuals requiring mass drug administration in six endemic countries. Results were reported today at the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). The reported progress...

2009-07-22 17:02:05

A study in Mali and Senegal where river blindness was endemic has provided evidence of the feasibility of the disease's elimination, researchers said. Previously, it was thought that elimination of river blandness, also known as onchocerciasis, was only possible in the limited, isolated areas in the Americas where the disease is endemic, officials at the World Health Organization in Switzerland. This evidence is an historic milestone -- it has far-reaching implications for the fight against...

2009-07-03 12:03:17

A new drug to be tested in three African countries could greatly reduce cases of onchocerciasis, commonly called river blindness, health officials said. This is a devastating illness that has plagued 30 African countries for centuries, said Dr. Uche Amazigo, director of the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control. More than 100 million Africans are at risk of infection from the disease, Amazigo said. The drug, moxidectin, developed by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, kills the larvae and adult worms...

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2009-07-01 16:50:24

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that a drug commonly used to treat pets with parasites may offer hope in eradicating river blindness. Moxidectin, prescribed for dogs, cats, cattle and horses to treat parasites, shows potential to destroy the worms that cause river blindness, an infectious disease that threatens 100 million people, the U.N. agency said.  The condition, whose formal name is onchocerciasis, comes with debilitating symptoms such as loss of sight, severe rashes...

2009-04-13 07:55:04

The saliva from a fly may be able to save someone's eyesight. Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have found what they call a "magic potion" of proteins in the saliva of the black fly that help it spread parasites that cause onchocerciasis or river blindness "“  a devastating eye-disease. They say a better understanding of these proteins may lead to better drugs and a vaccine for river blindness and other diseases spread by biting insects....

2009-01-26 11:38:00

Lions pledge additional $203 million to continue to fight preventable blindness Tuesday, January 27, 1:15-1:45 p.m., 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook OAK BROOK, Ill., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will dedicate the "Gift of Sight" statue on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at Lions Clubs International headquarters, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. The statue symbolizes Lions Clubs International Foundation's (LCIF) ongoing collaborative efforts to combat preventable...

2008-07-17 15:00:00

By DIANA MARRERO By DIANA MARRERO Washington -- Nearly a year after dropping out of the presidential race, Tommy Thompson is turning his attention to worms. Thompson, the former Wisconsin governor who later served as the country's top health official, has teamed up with a nonprofit health organization to fight hookworm, whipworm and other tropical diseases that affect 1 billion of the world's poorest people. He says this type of "medical diplomacy" could help build support for the...


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Onchocerca volvulus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Onchocerca volvulus is a species of roundworm that is classified within the Nematoda phylum. This species causes the disease onchocerciasis, more commonly known as river blindness. The life cycle of this species is dependent upon an intermediate host, typically the black fly, and a definitive host, which is always a human. Its lifecycle begins when a black fly ingests microfilariae from a human host by consuming blood. The microfilariae that were present in the skin of the human host now...

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