First Asian Leprosy Assembly Calls for Greater Social Inclusion for the Affected

Amar Bahadur Timalsina, president of IDEA, Nepal, a group founded by people with leprosy for people with leprosy, is in agreement that there needs to be greater inclusion for those affected by the disease. Timalsina was affected by disease, also known as Hansen’s disease, as a child. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMANILA, Mar 3 2019 (IPS)Growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal, Amar Bahadur Timalsina wasn’t allowed to attend school as a young boy because he was affected by leprosy. But decades later, after treatment and being able to re-integrate into his community, the boy who was once denied an education is now inspiringly the principal of a school of 400 students.“I suffered from leprosy when I was 12 years old. At that time I was forced to leave my village and my community,” Timalsina told IPS. But after that Leprosy Mission Nepal supported me with a recommendation letter, he was subsequently able to attend an orphanage “where I got an opportunity to continue my studies.” “At my school there are 400 students and 30 staff. Now if I go to my village, there is no discrimination, no stigma and everyone welcomes me like any other person,” he said.Timalsina, who is president from the International Association for the Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA), Nepal, a group founded by people with leprosy to support others with the disease, is in agreement that there needs to be greater inclusion for those affecte...
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ConclusionsThese findings suggest that STNPCR or SYBRGreen PCR (131-bp and 101-bp fragment amplification, respectively) for RLEP using FFPE specimens performs better as a diagnostic test and for monitoring response to MDT than does simple PCR based on 372-bp fragment amplification. Additionally, STNPCR showed increased sensitivity for PB diagnosis using FFPE specimens, which can be transferred remotely or retrieved from previous leprosy patients.
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ConclusionsThe results suggest that control of leprosy would be achieved most rapidly with a combination of intensive population-based and household chemoprophylaxis. These findings may be generalisable to other countries where crowding places social contacts as well as household contacts of cases at risk of developing leprosy.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Semin Neurol 2019; 39: 462-471 DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1687884Leprosy is a challenging international health concern. Despite tremendous efforts in reducing worldwide disease prevalence in the past decades, some countries remain endemic and are plagued by high levels of disability. The neurological complications of leprosy are varied and complex, with current research focused on evaluating tools for earlier diagnosis of neuropathy, especially in resource-limited countries. While treatment with multidrug therapy is highly effective, active research aims to simplify regimens to improve adherence, minimize adverse effects, and pre...
Source: Seminars in Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVE: to analyze the temporal trend and epidemiological patterns of leprosy indicators in Sobral, a municipality countryside of the state of Ceará, from 2001 to 2016. METHOD: a time series study based on data from the Department of Informatics of the Unified Health System. The time trend analysis was performed using the join point regression model. RESULTS: There were 2,220 new cases of leprosy in Sobral from 2001 to 2016. Of these, 158 (7.2%) in children younger than 15 years of age, the proportion of new male cases was 52.8% (1,162), cases with grade 2 were 7.0% (156), and proporti...
Source: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Rev Bras Enferm Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 September 2019Source: Biosensors and BioelectronicsAuthor(s): Archana Kushwaha, Juhi Srivastava, Ambareesh Kumar Singh, Richa Anand, Richa Raghuwanshi, Tulika Rai, Meenakshi SinghAbstractMycobacterium leprae causes endemic disease leprosy which becomes chronic if not treated timely. To expedite this ‘timely diagnosis’, and that also at an early stage, here an attempt is made to fabricate an epitope-imprinted sensor. A molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles modified electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance sensor was developed for sensing of mycobacterium leprae bact...
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CONCLUSION: Imported cases of leprosy are responsible for most leprosy incidence in Italy, and social stigma, the unfamiliarity of healthcare professionals with such disorders, and difficulties of some high-risk groups to be appropriately assessed hint to a possible under-diagnosis. Professionals should be made more aware of the potential for leprosy incidence among patients from countries where the disease is endemic. PMID: 31517884 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Acta Bio-Medica : Atenei Parmensis - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Acta Biomed Source Type: research
Abstract Mycobacterium leprae causes endemic disease leprosy which becomes chronic if not treated timely. To expedite this 'timely diagnosis', and that also at an early stage, here an attempt is made to fabricate an epitope-imprinted sensor. A molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles modified electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance sensor was developed for sensing of Mycobacterium leprae bacteria through its epitope sequence. Multiple monomers, 3-sulphopropyl methacrylate potassium salt, benzyl methacrylate and 4-aminothiophenol were utilized to imprint this bacterial epitope. Imprinted nanoparticles were e...
Source: Biosensors and Bioelectronics - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tags: Biosens Bioelectron Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe resulting data demonstrate that leprosy amongst the elderly deserves attention because of the increased susceptibility to disability in this age group, with their higher risk of reaction and their greater level of co-morbidity.
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We report a rare case of concomitant pulmonary TB and leprosy identified in the United States.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
In the Solomon Islands, approximately 40 percent of the population of 550,000 could have active Trachoma. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Aug 19 2019 (IPS) Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched global consultations for a new Roadmap on how to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The roadmap would help achieve universal health coverage by 2030, address health emergencies and promote healthier populations. This intervention is unprecedented because it could begin to reverse the neglect and inequities that the 17 main NTDs bring. Many NTDs are debilitating and red...
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