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2011-03-30 13:00:52

Neglected infections of poverty are the latest threat plaguing the poorest people living in the Gulf Coast states and in Washington, D.C., according to Dr. Peter Hotez, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University and President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, in an editorial published in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases on March 29th. Hotez explains that current...

2010-05-19 11:27:52

Public health and international development experts at the University of British Columbia are calling for a "social offset" mechanism to set aside a portion of research funding slated for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) to address broader social determinants of disease. Their comments are published today alongside other perspectives in the Debate section of the online journal PLoS Medicine. More than one billion people suffer from one or more of approximately 15 tropical infections...

2010-05-19 11:17:22

A debate published this week in PLoS Medicine examines new approaches to tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with three viewpoints from experts in the field arguing which approach shows most promise. Jerry Spiegel and colleagues from the University of British Columbia argue that there has been too much focus on biomedical mechanisms and drug development for NTDs, which has come at the expense of the social determinants of health such as clean water, sanitation, good housing, and...

2010-04-28 16:15:00

Former diplomat takes reins of leading vaccine development and advocacy organization WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael W. Marine, former U.S. Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, announced Sabin's Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mort Hyman and President Dr. Peter Hotez. Ambassador Marine served 32 years in the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service and was a six time...

2009-12-02 10:31:25

Controlling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in developing countries would help improve the reproductive health and rights of girls and women in the poorest countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, according to a new editorial published November 24 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The analysis demonstrates that NTDs are "important factors that impair reproductive health in developing countries; increase the transmission of sexually transmitted...

2009-08-26 13:33:40

An analysis has detailed the devastating toll neglected tropical diseases cause, with an estimated 500 million sub-Saharan Africans suffering such maladies. Researchers said helminth (parasitic worm) infections account for approximately 85 percent of the neglected tropical diseases, which overall might be equivalent to more than double that caused by tuberculosis and as much as half of the area's malaria disease burden. It is appalling that helminth infections and other (neglected tropical...

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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2008-06-25 12:10:00

Diseases brought about by bacterial, viral and parasitic infections are harming the health and energy of millions of the nation's poor, according to a new report released this week.  Many of the diseases are typically associated with developing countries, such as Chagas disease and dengue fever, but are also common in poor regions of the United States, the researchers reported. These may even become a bigger problem for the United States as the climate changes, said Dr. Peter Hotez of...

2008-06-24 06:01:36

By Steve Sternberg Tropical diseases that ravage Africa, Asia and Latin America commonly occur among the poor in the USA, leaving thousands of people shattered by debilitating complications including mental retardation, heart disease and epilepsy, an analysis showed Monday. The diseases, caused by chronic viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, disproportionately strike women and children and are largely overlooked by doctors, says author Peter Hotez of the Global Network for...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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