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Researchers Continue To Search For Cause Of, Treatments For Noma In Africa

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Facing noma “…The flesh-eating disease leaves survivors with gaping holes in their cheeks, sometimes on both sides of what remains of their face. Jaws are immobilized and the ravaged mouth drips saliva. … The epicenter of the disease is the strip of countries south of the…

Partnerships, U.S. Funding Helping Efforts To Eliminate 2 Neglected Diseases By 2020

VOA News: Two Tropical Diseases on Track for Eradication in 4 Years “By the year 2020, two neglected tropical diseases, lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, and trachoma, a blinding illness, may be eliminated in the world’s poorest countries, thanks to a partnership of governments, charitable foundations, and pharmaceutical companies.…

Blog Post Highlights Research Efforts To Address River Blindness

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Innovation: Taking the Neglect out of Neglected Disease Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses innovative research for treatments of onchocerciasis, commonly referred to as river blindness, including funding from Grand Challenges Explorations and challenges associated with…

Global Health NOW Series Examines Paralytic Disease Konzo

Global Health NOW: Bitter Harvest: Cassava and Konzo, the Crippling Disease “Little known in the West, the paralytic disease konzo has inflicted polio-like symptoms on thousands of the most impoverished people in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other African countries. Eating insufficiently processed cassava, which naturally contains cyanide, can…

Scientists Keep Vigilant Watch For 4 Viruses With Outbreak Potential

Scientific American: The Next Zika “…Scientific papers are filled with illnesses to watch. Four particular viruses now stand out to virologists and epidemiologists, although it is not certain any of the ailments will become the next Zika or West Nile virus. But researchers give several reasons to keep a close…

Researchers On Alert After Isolated Case Of Mayaro Virus Found In Haiti

NPR: Why Scientists Are Keeping An Eye On A Little-Known Virus “…[T]he new finding [of an isolated case of mosquito-borne Mayaro virus in Haiti], reported in the November issue of a CDC journal, suggests the need for vigilance — along with more research into why viral epidemics seem to be…

Used To Treat Onchocerciasis, Ivermectin Could Play Role In Malaria Control, Elimination

Tropical Health Matters: Malaria, Onchocerciasis, and Ivermectin — Possibility of Eliminating Two Diseases Bill Brieger, professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses the potential synergies of using ivermectin to treat onchocerciasis and prevent malaria. “Because of the need to find new and…

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