Africa: Proven Parasite Drug Hailed As Malaria Weapon

[SciDev.Net] A drug used for decades against river blindness and elephantiasis in Africa, is being hailed as the newest weapon against malaria.
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This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization. These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or...
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In the May issue of Health Affairs, two papers examine the potential for voucher systems to incentivize drug development in areas of unmet medical need. Co-authors Kevin Outterson and Anthony McDonnell take a look at potential exclusivity voucher programs designed to encourage development of new antibiotics, while David Ridley and Stephane Régnier analyze the effects that expansion of existing priority review voucher (PRV) programs may have on the value of PRVs as a development incentive. Ridley and Régnier’s work is of particular importance as both houses of Congress pursue a spate of legislative propo...
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IN all the media coverage following the announcement of the winners of this year's Nobel prize for physiology or medicine, an interesting aspect has tended to be overlooked. The prize was awarded in two parts this year, for discoveries which have revolutionised the treatment of parasitic diseases affecting people in some of the world's poorest populations: to Youyou Tu, of China, for her discovery of the antimalarial drug artemisinin, and jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ō mura, for their discovery of the endectocide avermectin. As the Nobel Assembly explained, artemisinin has significantly reduced mortality rat...
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Last week, IntraHealth International applauded along with the rest of the world as the scientists who nearly eradicated river blindness—a parasitic disease transmitted by black flies and the world's second leading infectious cause of blindness—were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura developed Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. They have also proven effective against several other parasitic diseases. River blindness, more formally known as onchocerciasis, is a horrible disease...
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[MMV] Today, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded half the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Dr Youyou Tu for her work on artemisinin - the basis of current first-line treatment for malaria - and the other half jointly to Prof. William Campbell and Prof. Satoshi Ōmura for their work on ivermectin to treat river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.
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Campbell, Ōmura and Tu recognised for their therapies against malaria, elephantiasis and river blindness.
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The first of three prestigious science prizes on the first day of Nobel week are revealed: William Campbell and Satoshi Omura for their work on a therapy against roundworm, shared with Youyou Tu, for a therapy against malaria 12.02pm BST We’re now bringing down the curtain on this blog. Read the latest story on today’s winners here. Tomorrow it’s the Nobel Prize for Physics – join us again. 12.00pm BST Sarah Bosely has some details on avermectins, the drugs combating some parasites developed by Campbell and Ōmura.The avermectins are a group of naturally occurring compounds, which have strong insect...
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This year's medicine prize surprisingly goes to scientists who discovered drugs for parasitic infections causing elephantiasis, river blindness, and malaria.
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By Josh Skaggs, MD   I went on a medical mission to East Africa’s South Sudan this past January and February. The country is one of the most undeveloped, isolated, and devastated places in the world, and it was an amazing experience even though being there was incredibly tough.   South Sudan and Sudan used to be under the control of Egypt, and were overseen by Great Britain. Great Britain withdrew from Sudan, its former colony, in 1956. Sudan had two regions at that time, the Arab north and the tribal south. War broke out after the northern Sudanese government began killing all non-Arabs in the south wh...
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