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2014-08-14 07:24:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Obesity increases a person’s risk of developing 10 of the most common forms of cancer, and is believed to cause an estimated 12,000 additional cases of the disease each year, experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Farr Institute of Health Informatics claim in a new study. The research, which was published online Thursday in the UK medical journal The Lancet, looked at the medical data of...

2012-01-10 11:28:34

Special section in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene on disease in post-quake Haiti includes likely identity of first cholera case and Paul Farmer and Louise Ivers' expert perspective on why amid huge aid effort cholera 'exploded' Internet-based news and Twitter feeds were faster than traditional sources at detecting the onset and progression of the cholera epidemic in post-earthquake Haiti that has already killed more than 6500 people and sickened almost half a...

2011-05-10 14:55:53

Major progress has been made in reducing the burden of infectious diseases in Brazil as part of a "remarkable" success story for health in the South American country, according to researchers on a series of papers published in The Lancet. After decades of marked social change, including the introduction of unified healthcare for all, Brazil can also celebrate a reduction in mortality from chronic diseases and huge inroads into improving maternal and child health. But the nation still faces...

2010-09-23 11:47:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, U.S. scientists committed to finding answers to reducing and eliminating what are known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that plague the world's poorest people in developing countries, urged the FDA to include in its orphan classification the neglected infections of poverty that also affect Americans, and expressed support for stronger relationships with the FDA to ultimately halt these ancient scourges. In testimony presented at the...

2010-08-18 13:30:52

Global initiatives to control specific diseases, such as polio or worm diseases, in low income countries not only do good. Sometimes they pull people and resources away from basic health care. Then the remedy may be worse than the disease. In an article in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, researchers from the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) caution the international aid community for complacency. Basically it is a matter of balance between curative and...

2010-05-24 10:00:00

DEERFIELD, Ill., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelers to the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup in South Africa should take special precautions to avoid disease transmission during the largest mass gathering for a single sport. According to a new study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, visitors traveling to South Africa will need to worry less about 'exotic' tropical diseases such as malaria, and concentrate on...

2010-05-05 15:03:14

A trial in Ghana has shown that vitamin A supplementation does not reduce maternal mortality"”contradicting previous findings from a trial in Nepal which showed a 44% decrease. The new study (ObaapaVitA) is reported online and in an upcoming edition of The Lancet and has been written by Professor Betty R Kirkwood, Professor in Epidemiology & International Health and colleagues in the Department of Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research at the London School of Hygiene and...

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...

2010-01-19 17:53:05

Recruiters from the British Regular Army visit London's poorest schools most often, new research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine shows. The research looked into the amount of mainstream secondary state schools visited by the army between September 2008 and April 2009 in Greater London. It also looked at whether the proportion varied with the level of deprivation of the school students, measured using the percentage of children eligible for free school meals. The team...

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...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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