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2014-04-10 16:23:57

CAMPINAS, Brazil, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Technical Commission for Biosecurity (CTNBio), the collegiate body responsible for approval and regulation of transgenic organisms in Brazil, today approved the commercial release of the genetically modified (GM) mosquito, OX513A, developed by Oxitec. It is the first GM insect to be considered safe for commercial use in Brazil and the latest of a long series of biotechnology approvals by CTNBio. The Oxitec...

2014-04-10 08:30:50

CAMPINAS, Brazil, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A project taking place in Jacobina, Bahia has again shown the effectiveness of the Oxitec OX513A mosquito in reducing the dengue mosquito population. Led by the social organisation Moscamed, the project showed that releases of the genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (OX513A) reduced by 79% the wild dengue mosquito population after six months. The results obtained in the neighbourhood of Pedra Branca protected...

2014-04-10 08:30:18

Forum uniquely brings together leading family offices and their foundations seeking impact investment, grant-giving, and philanthropy opportunities within health and life sciences SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Savant HWP, a privately held pharmaceutical development company focused on unmet medical needs in addiction medicine and selected other global health issues, announced today it has been selected to present at the Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum taking...

WHO Reports On Ebolavirus, Emergency Response And Disease Transmission
2014-04-07 11:00:20

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As of April 4, the Ministry of Health of Guinea has reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) 143 clinically compatible cases of infection from Ebolavirus disease (EVD). Of these, 54 have been laboratory confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The total number of deaths associated with this outbreak stands at 86 – a case fatality rate of about 60 percent – of which sixteen have been lab-confirmed as EVD deaths, 65...

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...

'Unprecedented' Ebola Outbreak Sweeping Across Parts Of West Africa
2014-04-01 10:23:22

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An “unprecedented” outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) has spread throughout Guinea and beyond with more than a hundred patients confirmed to have the highly-infectious and equally as deadly disease. The first reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) surfaced just over a week ago on March 23, after the Ministry of Health of Guinea reported to the UN health arm that the disease was rapidly spreading throughout the...

2014-03-26 16:24:51

LEIDEN, The Netherlands, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Goal is to make treatment for schistosomiasis accessible to children under six years of age in endemic countries Brazilian Farmanguinhos, part of Fiocruz, and UK-based Simcyp are reinforcing the international non-profit Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium. The aim of the Consortium is to develop and register a new pediatric formulation against schistosomiasis for preschool-age children, a group currently lacking a...

2014-03-25 08:29:20

Frost & Sullivan: Breakthrough therapies for rare diseases command premium pricing, particularly if no alternatives exist MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The global orphan drugs market presents plenty of opportunities for new drug development - while there are only 172 approved orphan therapies, over 6,800 orphan diseases exist according to the United States National Institute of Health (NIH). Advancements in drug discovery capabilities coupled with regulatory and...

2014-03-23 23:03:27

Have you ever wanted to help Africa but didn't know how? Well, here is your chance! (PRWEB) March 23, 2014 Did you know that the physician-to-population ratio is 18 per 100,000 people continent-wide in Sub-Saharan Africa? Sub-Saharan Africa has 24 percent of the global burden of disease but only three percent of the world’s health workforce. Also, 51 percent of the world total of child deaths are in Africa. Sierra Leone has the highest rate of child deaths, but Nigeria accounts for...

2014-03-20 12:32:40

JOINT RESEARCH PROJECT AWARDED GHIT FUND GRANT TOKYO, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President & CEO: Haruo Naito, "Eisai?") announced today that it has entered a collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Liverpool, United Kingdom, ?"LSTM?") and University of Liverpool (Liverpool, United Kingdom, ?"UoL") to jointly identify new drugs effective against lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis (river blindness), both major...


Latest Tropical diseases Reference Libraries

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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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2011-02-25 18:53:25

West Nile virus (WNV) is a virus of the family Flaviviridae. It is part of the Japanese encephalitis antigenic complex of viruses and is found in both tropical and temperate regions. It primarily infects birds but can infect humans, horses, dogs, cats, bats, and other mammals. Humans are generally infected through the bites of mosquitoes and about 90% of West Nile Virus infections are without symptoms. The virion is 45-60 nm and covered with a relatively smooth protein surface. It is...

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2011-02-17 16:29:01

Marburg virus, or Marburg, is the standard name for the genus of viruses Marburgvirus which contains the species, Lake Victoria Marburgvirus. It causes Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever (MHF) which originated with primates. It originated in Africa and can infect humans and primates. It is in the same taxonomic family as Ebola and both are identical structurally although they elicit different antibodies. It was named after the location of the first outbreak in Marburg, Germany in 1967. The...

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2011-02-17 15:14:03

Lassa fever, first described in 1969 in Lassa, is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever. Clinical cases were known a decade before this but were not associated with this viral pathogen. It is endemic in West African countries and causes approximately 5,000 deaths. The Natal Multimammate Mouse is the primary animal host. The rodent is a source of protein but the virus is usually transmitted by the contact with the feces and urine of animals accessing grain stores in residences. The lassa virus...

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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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