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2014-04-03 09:57:22

Little research on the treatment of rare and orphan diseases has been conducted in this area From 1997 to 2010, despite promises made by the international scientific community, pharmacogenomic research produced few studies focusing on rare, orphan and tropical diseases prevalent in developing countries. Catherine Olivier, bioethics research at the University of Montreal's School of Public Health, recently published these findings in the journal Global Public Health. Pharmcogenomics is a...

2013-05-17 10:51:00

LAMP test will also improve diagnosis for imported UK cases A new, highly sensitive blood test that quickly detects even the lowest levels of malaria parasites in the body could make a dramatic difference in efforts to tackle the disease in the UK and across the world, according to new research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. In two studies led by researchers in the UK and Switzerland, the new LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification) test was compared to existing...

Image 1 - Which Came First? Humans Or Malaria?
2011-11-03 03:41:16

Malaria Revealed As Ancient, Adaptive And Persistent Foe One of the most comprehensive analyses yet done of the ancient history of insect-borne disease concludes for the first time that malaria is not only native to the New World, but it has been present long before humans existed and has evolved through birds and monkeys. The findings, presented in a recent issue of American Entomologist by researchers from Oregon State University, are based on the study of insect specimens preserved...

2010-06-18 15:00:32

Buruli ulcers, one of the 'neglected tropical diseases' left aside by big pharma and governments alike, are reasonably well treatable, also in poor regions. But then more attention has to be paid to early diagnosis and correct treatment. This means the rules of the World Health Organization urgently need to be changed. So say scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), based on ten years of research in Congo. The disease is caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, a nephew of the...

2010-06-18 02:01:38

Findings could help inform new malaria control strategies New research published today (17 June) by scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) shows that malaria is tens of thousands of years older than previously thought. An international team, led by researchers at Imperial College London, have found that the potentially deadly tropical disease evolved alongside anatomically modern humans and moved with our ancestors as they migrated out of...

2010-04-19 13:41:34

Scientists investigating ovale malaria, a form of the disease thought to be caused by a single species of parasite, have confirmed that the parasite is actually two similar but distinct species which do not reproduce with each other, according to research published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Mahidol University, Bangkok collaborated last year in order to share their...

2009-12-17 16:05:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases has received a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for research into visceral leishmaniasis. The project will be led by Professor Alon Warburg, a vector biologist at the Hebrew University's Faculty of Medicine, and will include experts from Hebrew University's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. The...

2009-11-18 16:30:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) today honored TIME Magazine Foreign Correspondent Vivienne Walt with its Communications Award during the opening ceremony of its 58th annual meeting. "Ms. Walt's work has unveiled the need for measures to help prevent and control infectious tropical diseases to improve healthcare around the world," said Thomas Wellems, MD, Ph.D., president of ASTMH. "Her article 'Death in Birth' is an...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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