Carter Center among 8 semifinalists worldwide to win MacArthur $100M grant

Atlanta-based The Carter Center beat out thousands of competitors worldwide to become one of eight semifinalists to win a single $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. The center entered as its project its joint effort with Nigeria and its partners to eliminate river blindness. If it wins the 100&Change competition, it would scale efforts to eliminate the parasitic disease, center representatives said. River blindness affects an estimated 32.7 million people worldwide. The disease is…
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Answer toParasite Case of the Week 580:Loa loamicrofilariae. As noted by several readers, the nuclei go to the tip of the tail, the microfilariae are relatively large, and there is faint evidence of a sheath, all of which are characteristic features for this species. As I teach my students, the nuclei " flow-a flow-a " (to the tip) in Loa loa. Another memory trick from William Sears is that the nuclei go " lower and lower " in Loa loa. Take your pick for your favorite! Remember that the sheath will not always be seen. Size is a more definitive feature in differentiating Mansonella spp. from th...
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The genus Onchocerca Diesing, 1841 includes species of medical importance, such as O. volvulus (Leuckart, 1893), which causes river blindness in the tropics. Recently, zoonotic onchocercosis has been reported in ...
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ConclusionsNational programs need to regularly monitor and evaluate the performance and progress of their interventions, while envisaging the complete elimination of onchocerciasis from their territory. Factors hindering the targeted goal of interruption of parasite transmission need to be identified and remedial actions should be taken. If possible and appropriate, ATSs need to be implemented to accelerate disease elimination by 2025.
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ConclusionThe culture system we have established forO.volvulus young adult worms offers a promising new platform to advance drug discovery against the human filarial parasite,O.volvulus and thus supports the continuous pursuit for effective macrofilaricidal drugs. However, thisin vitro culturing system will have to be further validated for reproducibility before it can be rolled out as a drug screen for decision making in macrofilaricide drug development programs.
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Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is a dermal filariasis caused by infection with the nematode parasite Onchocerca volvulus, transmitted to humans through the bites of blackflies of the genus Simulium. Despite ...
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The new data could help identify treatments for diseases ranging from river blindness to schistosomiasis.
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ConclusionKeen observation on the part of physicians is mandatory during the administration of ivermectin for quick recognition and prevention of this adverse drug reaction.
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Researchers develop urine diagnostic to detect parasitic worms that cause river blindness or onchocerciasis, a tropical disease that afflicts 18 - 120 million people worldwide
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(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at Scripps Research have developed a urine diagnostic to detect the parasitic worms that cause river blindness, also called onchocerciasis, a tropical disease that afflicts 18 to 120 million people worldwide.
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Conclusions/SignificanceWe report for the first time the anti-onchocercal activities of these locally consumed medicinal plants and lantadene A, a potential lead for further development as an onchocerciasis cure.
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