Latest Water-borne diseases Stories

2008-09-22 12:00:11

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Maureen Dempsey, +1-212-300-1806, mdempsey@apcoworldwide.com, for Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Napo Pharmaceuticals (LSE: NAPL/NAPU) today announces positive clinical data on the effectiveness of crofelemer from a study for CRO-ID in treating severely ill cholera patients in conjunction with an antibiotic and rehydration therapy. A double-blind placebo-controlled study was conducted in one hundred (100) patients with...

2008-09-13 00:00:30

By PAM HIJUELOS Special to Warrick Do you love swimming? Then forgive me for being the bearer of news worth noting about water-born illnesses. Swimming and other water sports are healthy activities, many of which can be enjoyed even as we grow older. But here are some things you should know before you put on your swimsuit. Parasites are most often the causes of water-related illnesses. These illnesses can range from skin infections, to diarrhea, respiratory symptoms and meningitis....

2008-09-09 12:00:08

By PETER GOTT Dear Dr. Gott: I have suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (diarrhea) for 50 years. It began in my early teens. I have tried everything from the early treatment of eating bland foods to today's adding bulk to my diet through the use of roughage and fiber. I still haven't found relief. Everything I do revolves around IBS, from school in my teens, to jobs, family activities and even everyday routines. I am now in my 60s, and retirement is hopefully not far away. I don't...

2008-09-03 11:21:37

Scientists in the USA have established a way to predict outbreaks of cholera, making it easier to control. This finding could provide a model to predict and potentially control outbreaks of other important infectious diseases. Cholera is a serious, ancient water-borne infectious disease, which is an unpredictable and severe problem for developing countries. The bacterium that causes cholera, Vibrio cholerae, has a known association with a crustacean (called a copepod) which lives on...

2008-09-02 09:00:07

Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTR) today announced that the company has completed enrollment in the second of two planned phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of Prulifloxacin for the treatment of infectious diarrhea in travelers. The Company previously reported positive top-line data from the first Phase 3 trial which showed that Prulifloxacin met the primary endpoint of Time to Last Unformed Stool (TLUS), a measure of the time to resolution of diarrhea,...

2008-08-31 18:00:19

By LYNNE KELLEHER A SHOCKING expose has revealed that Irish water can kill, cause cancer, or turn male fish female. The programme, Future Shock, follows a two-year investigation by RTE reporter Philip Boucher- Hayes. In it, Dr Andy Fogarty, of Athlone Institute of Technology, said his college had studied three rivers in the Midlands. He added: "In the treated sewage effluent there are hormone- disrupting chemicals which cause fish to start changing sex. The biggest source is the...

2008-08-13 18:00:35

By Luntz, Stephen A nanomaterial coating on silica particles could offer the solution to one of the world's oldest and most destructive health challenges: how to remove bacteria and other pollutants from drinking water. In disasters like the Burmese cyclone, many of the deaths come from the destruction of water supplies. Flying in a few tonnes of food may keep thousands alive temporarily, but many times as much clean water is still usually inadequate. However, Prof Peter Majewski of the...

2008-08-11 09:00:21

DEAR DR. GOTT: You have repeatedly recommended niacin instead of statins for lowering cholesterol. I will be going to my doctor soon for my routine physical and plan on asking if this is an appropriate option for me, as I realize every case and body is different. My concern, however, is that many people have told me that some vitamins and supplements can cause anal leakage. I would like to know what you think of this and, if it is true, to what vitamins it applies. DEAR READER: To the...

2008-08-06 15:22:40

Officials with the Red Cross and the major of a Philippine township reported Wednesday that 21 people were killed and 50 sickened in a suspected cholera outbreak in several remote mountainous hamlets near Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat province, about 600 miles south of Manila. Cholera is a severe gastrointestinal disease often caused by consuming food or water contaminated with fecal matter.  Outbreaks are common in the Philippines, particularly during the rainy season. Most of the...

2008-08-01 15:00:53

By Jeff Mosier and Holly Yan, The Dallas Morning News Aug. 1--The Dallas County medical examiner's office is investigating whether the death of a 6-year-old girl is related to the parasitic infection cryptosporidiosis. Rosemary Stagaman of Richardson died Monday at Medical City Dallas Hospital. The disease can be spread through contaminated water, including swimming pools. The girl's father said that she did swim but that he did not know what led to her death. Jacqueline M. Bell, a...

Latest Water-borne diseases Reference Libraries

2011-04-28 16:37:36

Vibrio vulnificus is a species of Gram-negative, motile, curved, rod-shaped bacteria of the Vibrio Genus. Hollis et al. first reported it in 1976. It was given the name Beneckea vulnifica by Reichelt et al. in 1976 and in 1979 Vibrio vulnificus by Farmer. V. vulnificus is related to V. cholerae and is present in marine environments such as estuaries, brackish ponds, or coastal areas. It causes an infection often incurred after eating seafood, especially raw or undercooked oysters. It can...

2011-04-14 16:27:41

Campylobacter jejuni is a species of curved, helical shaped, non-spore forming, Gram-negative microaerophilic, bacteria commonly found in animal feces. It is one of the most common causes of human gastroenteritis in the world. This food poisoning can be severely debilitating but rarely life-threatening. It has also been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome which generally develops two to three weeks after the initial illness. It is commonly associated with poultry, and it naturally colonizes...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
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  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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