What ’s in a Name? Why WHO’s Formal Name for the New Coronavirus Disease Matters
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an official name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19 — making sure not to reference Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus originated. COVID-19 stands for Corona Virus Disease 19. “Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” said Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.” The WHO referenced guidelines set in 2015 that ensure the name does not refer to a geographical location, ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sanya Mansoor Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime Source Type: news

Bayer application for nifurtimox to treat pediatric patients with Chagas disease submitted for approval in US
New formulation for weight-adjusted treatment of pediatric Chagas patients age 0-18 targets most vulnerable patient group / Submission based on results of CHICO (CHagas disease In Children treated with NifurtimOx) phase III clinical study of nifurtimox in pediatric patients with Chagas disease as well as pre-clinical data / Fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases part of Bayer’s Sustainability Strategy (Source: Bayer Company News)
Source: Bayer Company News - January 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Rapid Diagnostic Tests Sensitive, Specific for Chagas Disease Rapid Diagnostic Tests Sensitive, Specific for Chagas Disease
Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) can be used to diagnose chronic Chagas disease with high sensitivity and specificity, a new field implementation study shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - December 27, 2019 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Combining 2 rapid tests for the accurate diagnosis of Chagas disease in the field
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) The combined use of 2 commercially available rapid diagnostic tests is effective for accurately diagnosing chronic Chagas disease in the field, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by 'la Caixa,' in collaboration with CEADES and Mundo Sano. The performance observed indicates that these tests could be used to diagnose chronic Chagas in highly endemic regions with poorly equipped laboratories. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rapid diagnostic tests accurately diagnose Chagas disease
(PLOS) Chagas disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is the neglected tropical disease with the highest burden in Latin America. Now, researchers report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases that two commercially-available rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) can be combined for conclusive diagnosis of Chagas disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Kissing bug bites: Symptoms, risks, and treatments
Sustaining a kissing bug bite may lead to Chagas disease or allergic reactions. In this article, learn about the symptoms, risks, and treatments associated with kissing bug bites. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bites and Stings Source Type: news

Alzheimer's Drug Reduces Chagas Disease Infection in Mice
The drug, called memantine, could enter clinical trials to determine its effectiveness in humans. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - December 1, 2019 Category: Science Tags: The Literature Source Type: news

Kissing Bugs in Arizona Do Not Appear to Transmit Chagas Disease to Humans, but Anaphylaxis Is Common Kissing Bugs in Arizona Do Not Appear to Transmit Chagas Disease to Humans, but Anaphylaxis Is Common
Bites from kissing bugs in Arizona that harbor Trypanosoma cruzi commonly cause allergic reactions but not Chagas disease, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Science shops inspire better research and innovation
Poor communication can have dire consequences in vital areas like the environment and health. Innovative 'science shop' projects, which translate society's questions into a language that scientists understand, are making a difference in remote Bolivian communities learning about Chagas disease, among Hepatitis C patients in Tunisia, and in projects closer to Europe's shores, too. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - July 24, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Biocompound from Atlantic Rainforest combats leishmaniasis and Chagas disease
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Researchers find that substances synthesized from plant species endemic to the biodiversity hotspot can kill the parasites that cause these neglected diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence identifies 'kissing bugs' that spread Chagas disease
(University of Kansas) A University of Kansas researcher publishes proof-of-concept research showing artificial intelligence can recognize 12 Mexican and 39 Brazilian species of kissing bugs with high accuracy by analyzing ordinary photos -- an advantage for officials looking to cut the spread of Chagas disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dangerous'Kissing' Bug Marches North in US Dangerous'Kissing' Bug Marches North in US
The bugs carry a parasite that causes Chagas disease, which can lead to serious heart and stomach problems.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - April 29, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Dangerous 'Kissing' Bug Marches North in U.S.
About 300,000 people with Chagas disease live in the U.S., but most were infected in parts of Latin America where the disease is most common. The likelihood of getting the infection in the United States is low, even if the bug is infected, the CDC says. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kissing bug WARNING: Deadly Chagas disease recently diagnosed - are YOU at risk?
CHAGAS DISEASE, a deadly parasitic disease that could cause sudden death, could be spread by ‘kissing bug’ insects - and a new case has recently been diagnosed. These are the signs and symptoms you should be watching out for. Are you at risk of the parasite? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Identification of a Triatoma sanguisuga " Kissing Bug " --- Delaware, 2018
In July 2018, a family requested assistance identifying an insect that had bitten their child's face during the late evening hours. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 18, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Chagas Disease (Trypanosoma cruzi Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

Chagas Cardiomyopathy: The Disease You Might Not Think Of Chagas Cardiomyopathy: The Disease You Might Not Think Of
A growing public health threat demands more awareness of Chagas disease and its manifestations.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Case Challenge Source Type: news

DNDi and Atomwise collaborate to advance drug development using AI for neglected diseases
(JPA Health) Atomwise Inc., a biotech company using artificial intelligence (AI) for drug discovery, and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a not-for-profit research and development organization working to deliver new treatments for neglected diseases, today announced that promising drug-like compounds have been discovered in a program to develop first-in-class treatments for Chagas disease. The research collaboration is part of Atomwise's Artificial Intelligence Molecular Screen (AIMS) Awards program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 16, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Scientists identify a key gene in the transmission of deadly African sleeping sickness
Life scientists from UCLA and the University of Bern have identified a key gene in the transmission of African sleeping sickness — a severe disease transmitted by the bite of infected tsetse flies, which are common in sub-Saharan Africa.The disease is fatal if untreated, as the parasite responsible moves from the bloodstream to the central nervous system. Tens of millions of people in 36 African countries are at risk. There is no vaccine, and conventional drug treatments, which include an arsenic derivative, are antiquated, not very effective and have severe side effects.The research,  published in the journal N...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 10, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Novartis joins the Global Chagas Disease Coalition and also announces first multinational, prospective, randomized study in people with chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy
At the Annual Meeting of the Global Chagas Disease Coalition in Barcelona, Spain, Novartis announced that it is joining the Coalition as a member contributor. In addition, the company announced its commitment to launch a multinational, prospective, randomized study with heart failure drug, Entresto® (sacubitril / valsartan), in people with chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy, one form of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - March 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Novartis Business and Industry Source Type: news

Study shows shorter treatment for Chagas disease as effective, and significantly safer
(Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) A two-week treatment course for adult patients with chronic Chagas disease showed, when compared to placebo, similar efficacy and significantly fewer side effects than the standard treatment duration of eight weeks, according to the results of a clinical trial in Bolivia led by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Shorter treatment for Chagas disease could be just as effective, and significantly safer
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) A two-week treatment course for adult patients with chronic Chagas disease showed, when compared to placebo, similar efficacy and significantly fewer side effects than the standard treatment duration of eight weeks, according to the results of a clinical trial in Bolivia led by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Venezuela crisis could spark surge in infectious diseases: study
A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, Zika and other dangerous infectious diseases and threatens to jeopardize 20 years of public health gains, experts warned on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Experts warn of a surge in vector-borne diseases as humanitarian crisis in Venezuela worsens
(The Lancet) The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, and Zika virus, and threatens to jeopardize public health gains in the country over the past two decades, warn leading public health experts. The conclusion comes from a Review paper that provides the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of the crisis in Venezuela, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ASE offers TEE guidelines for congenital heart disease
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has published new guidelines...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASE releases clinical guidelines for TTE ASE releases updated guidelines for cardiac US agents ASE releases guide for imaging Chagas disease Medical societies celebrate ultrasound awareness Medical societies expand collaboration on cardiac registry (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 5, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ASE releases clinical guidelines for TTE
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has released new guidelines...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASE releases updated guidelines for cardiac US agents ASE releases guide for imaging Chagas disease ASE: Echo protocol finds kids' heart abnormalities ASE debuts new educational offerings ASE offers guide for childhood heart disease (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 22, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Protection and Security Before, During, and After Insecticide Use
Source: World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Published: 11/2018. This training package contains a series of training videos for vector control program workers in the Region of the Americas. Diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Chagas disease have become important public health problems; the successful use of pesticides depends on their appropriate use in controlling these diseases. These videos cover personal protective measures and biosafety (before, during, and after insecticide fogging); operation, calibration, and maintenance of public health equipment u...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Long-term prognosis of Chagas patients improved with anti-parasite drug
(PLOS) Researchers have found that the anti-parasite drug benznidazole may improve the long-term prognoses of patients with chronic Chagas disease, according to a study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, by Clareci Silva Cardoso at the Federal University of S ã o Jo ã o del-Rei, Divin ó polis, Brazil, and colleagues from the SaMi-Trop study, a project funded by NIAID/NIH. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 1, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Chagas Disease in Texas: New Surveillance Data
(MedPage Today) -- High rates in dogs point to environmental prevalence (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - November 1, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

New report finds tropical disease causing heart problems in dogs assisting with homeland security duties
(Burness) More than 100 working dogs employed by the federal government across the United States have been infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, the cause of Chagas disease, which may lead to heart problems, according to a new study presented today at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting. Chagas disease is a tropical infection spread by a blood-sucking triatomine or 'kissing bug' that may pose a growing threat in the United States. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bug guts shed light on Central America Chagas disease
(PLOS) In Central America, Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is spread by the 'kissing bug' Triatoma dimidiata. By collecting DNA from the guts of these bugs, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have described patterns in the behavior of the bugs, the strain of parasite, and the communities of microbes that interact with the parasite. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AHA: Update on Diagnosis, Tx for Chagas Cardiomyopathy
TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 -- Health care providers need to be equipped to recognize, diagnose, and treat Chagas disease, which is growing in prevalence in the United States, according to an American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UTEP scientists awarded $6 million to improve treatment for Chagas disease
(University of Texas at El Paso) Scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso have received nearly $6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve treatment and develop new diagnostic tools to assess post-therapeutic outcomes for patients with Chagas disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

This insect's bite can lead to heart disease
About 300,000 people in the U.S. carry the parasite that causes Chagas disease. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Kissing Bugs: How You Can Get Heart Disease From A Bite
You can get Chagas Disease from the triatomine bug biting you, sucking your blood, and pooping on you. And guess what, this bug is now in 28 states in the U.S. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Parasitic illness caused by 'kissing bugs' is spreading across the US
Chagas disease, spread by bugs that bite near the mouth, has infected 300,000 people in the US and could infect more if doctors don't become better at recognizing it, a new statement warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dangerous parasitic disease caused by 'kissing bugs' has sickened 300,000 Americans
Chagas disease, spread by bugs that bite near the mouth, has infected 300,000 people in the US and could infect more if doctors don't become better at recognizing it, a new statement warns. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chagas Disease Heart Damage Underrecognized
(MedPage Today) -- AHA calls for progress on tropical disease that's gone global (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 21, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Benznidazole Availability for Treatment of Chagas Disease Benznidazole Availability for Treatment of Chagas Disease
With FDA approval of benznidazole for treatment of Chagas disease, the drug is no longer available in the US through the CDC-sponsored IND program. How can it be obtained?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Infectious disease experts confirm immigration from Latin America bringing wave of infectious "Chagas disease" into California
(Natural News) In the first large-scale survey in the United States of its kind, experts have found that around 1.24 percent of Latin American-born residents living in Los Angeles are infected with the Chagas disease. This is a parasitic infection only found in the Americas and is associated with an increased risk of life-threatening heart... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chagas Disease Surveillance Activities -- Seven States, 2017 Chagas Disease Surveillance Activities -- Seven States, 2017
With increased emigration from Latin America, Chagas disease has become a concern in the US. What are states doing in terms of public health surveillance for this potentially life-threatening disease?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Study describes enzyme's key role in immune response to Chagas disease parasite
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) A study shows that the expression of PI3Kγ protein increases during infection by T. cruzi, an essential response in avoiding excessive inflammation and controlling parasitemia. Heart tissue analyses involving human patients who developed cardiopathy in the disease's chronic stage also provided results. The next challenge is to devise treatment for Chagas using molecules capable of modulating the cellular signaling pathway mediated by PI3Kγ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Chagas Disease Surveillance Activities - Seven States, 2017
In 2017, Chagas disease was reportable in six states. Most cases identified, including among blood donors, are chronic cases and are not the result of local vectorborne transmission. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kissing bugs kiss their hiding spots goodbye, thanks to tiny radio transmitters
(Entomological Society of America) In a new pilot study, researchers in Texas successfully attached miniature radio transmitters to kissing bugs and tracked their movements. Also known as triatomine bugs, kissing bugs transmit the pathogen that causes Chagas disease in humans and animals. They typically move at night and hide during day, and uncovering their secretive movements could play a key role in reducing their impact as a disease vector. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

International Chagas Day: MSF Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness
Press releaseInternational Chagas Day: MSF Launches Campaign to Raise AwarenessApril 14, 2018The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched the awareness campaign "A big heart is not always a good thing" for International Chagas Disease Day today. The initiative aims to raise public awareness of a neglected disease that affects the health of more than 6 million people around the world, especially in Latin America where it is endemic. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

GHIT Fund launches next phase focusing on access & delivery, bringing total investment to US $123 million
(Burness) The Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund today announced a total of 1.6 billion yen (US$15.5 million) and 10 partnerships to support product development of new lifesaving drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases such as Chagas disease, schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Chagas Disease in Our Own Backyards
April 3, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - March 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ASE releases updated guidelines for cardiac US agents
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has published updated guidelines...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASE releases guide for imaging Chagas disease Medical societies celebrate ultrasound awareness Medical societies expand collaboration on cardiac registry ASE debuts new educational offerings ASE offers guide for childhood heart disease (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 2, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

New safety data for the most commonly used drug to treat Chagas disease
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) The frequency of adverse reactions to benznidazole is high when treating chronic Chagas patients, although they were mostly mild effects, according to a study led by ISGlobal, in collaboration with the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. The results point to the need of finding drug combinations or dosages in order to maintain efficacy but decrease its toxicity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Patients with chagas disease are often infected with an intestinal parasite
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) In patients with Chagas Disease, the odds of being infected by the intestinal worm Strongyloides stercoralis increases by two-fold, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). The study, published in Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, underlines the potential benefits of performing a combined screening for both infections among Latin American adults living in Europe. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news