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Pioneering surgery on the plains of Western China
A world-leading programme in the region ’s vast uplands is battling an epidemic of the parasitic disease echinococcosis (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Post-SARS, infection rates in China have steadied, but fast-growing and common infections now need attention
Following the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, China stepped up its prevention and control methods for all infectious diseases, and rates of infection have leveled off since 2009. However, better measures are needed to tackle the most common diseases -- including hand, foot and mouth disease, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis -- and those that are rapidly increasing, such as hydatid disease, hepatitis C, syphilis, and HIV. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

He Treated The Very First Ebola Cases 40 Years Ago. Then He Watched The World Forget.
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. KINSHASA, Congo ― In early 2014, few people worried that the Ebola virus, which is up to 90 percent fatal, would pose a global threat. So the World Health Organization sent shockwaves around the world when it announced that Ebola was spreading out of control in West Africa. Before the epidemic was over two years later, it had killed thousands of people. They died in terrifying and painful ways, often passing the disease on to family members before and even after death....
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

He Treated The Very First Ebola Cases 40 Years Ago. Then He Watched The World Forget.
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. KINSHASA, Congo ― In early 2014, few people worried that the Ebola virus, which is up to 90 percent fatal, would pose a global threat. So the World Health Organization sent shockwaves around the world when it announced that Ebola was spreading out of control in West Africa. Before the epidemic was over two years later, it had killed thousands of people. They died in terrifying and painful ways, often passing the disease on to family members before and even after death....
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Plan of Action for the Elimination of Neglected Infectious Diseases and Post-Elimination Actions 2016-2022
World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization. 07/07/2016 This 33-page document, prepared for the 68th Session of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization for the Americas in September 2016, provides a six-year Plan of Action for neglected infectious diseases (NIDs) that proposes up-to-date lines of action to reduce morbidity, disability, and mortality; and to more rapidly advance efforts to eliminate NIDs as public health problems and stop NID transmission. It will address the surveillance, management, control, and elimination of 13 diseases: blinding trachoma, Chagas disease, cystic echinococ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

First Full Tapeworm Genomes Reveal That Existing Drugs Could Be Effective In Treating The Parasite
For the first time, researchers have mapped the genomes of tapeworms to reveal potential drug targets on which existing drugs could act. The genomes provide a new resource that offers faster ways to develop urgently needed and effective treatments for these debilitating diseases. Tapeworms cause two of the World Health Organization's 17 neglected tropical diseases; echinococcosis and cysticercosis. The team sequenced the genomes of four species of tapeworm to explore the genetics and underlying biology of this unusual parasite... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

Using Cancer Treatment For Diseases Caused By Tapeworms
Researchers are one step closer to finding treatments for two tropical diseases caused by tapeworms. The team was able to map the genomes of tapeworms which indicated what existing drugs could provide effective treatment for the diseases; echinococcosis and cysticercosis - two potentially fatal neglected tropical diseases according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Adult tapeworms can live in the gut for years without doing too much harm, however, the larvae they produce can cause very harmful effects in the host... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news