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Merck Donates $300,000 to Support Neglected Tropical Disease Elimination Efforts in Africa
Dateline City: KENILWORTH, N.J.KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today a $300,000 cash donation to support non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working to eliminate river blindness (onchocerciasis) and lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Africa.Language: EnglishContact: Merck:Claire Gillespie, 267-305-0932Jeanine Clemente, 908-740-6268orMDP:Joni Lawrence, 404-687-5610Yao Sodahlon, 404-371-1460Ticker Slug:Ticker:MRKExchange:NYSE @Merckread more (Source: Merck.com - Corporate News)
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - April 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate News Corporate Responsibility News Latest News #Merck #MRK $MRK MSD NYSE:MRK Source Type: news

Tanzania: Fighting Neglected Diseases 'Means Uplifting Livelihoods'
[Citizen] Geneva -Here in Geneva, a child is depicted in a statue leading a blind man, who is affected by river blindness--one of Tanzania's five most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Other NTDs being trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, sleeping sickness, soil-transmitted worms and leprosy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Togo Becomes First Country in Africa to Validate the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis as a Public Health Problem
Dateline City: LOME, TOGOLOME, TOGO -- GSK, Merck (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada), and the MECTIZAN® Donation Program (MDP) congratulate President Faure Gnassingb é, the government and the people of Togo for becoming the first country in Africa recognized by the World Health Organization to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem.Language: Englishread more (Source: Merck.com - Corporate News)
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - April 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate News Corporate Responsibility News Latest News Source Type: news

Global Health: Volcanic Minerals, Not Worms, Caused Disease Outbreak in Uganda
An outbreak of elephantiasis among farmers in western Uganda was the surprising result of working barefoot, researchers report. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Epidemics Lymphatic Filariasis Worms Agriculture and Farming Parasites Lymph Nodes and Lymphatic System Source Type: news

New anti-Wolbachia drug regimen could reduce treatment times of LF and Oncho to 1-2 weeks
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) This week, scientists from the A · WOL Consortium based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have published a paper entitled 'Short-Course, High-Dose Rifampicin Achieves Wolbachia Depletion Predictive of Curative Outcomes in Preclinical Models of Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis' in Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Global Vector Control Response
World Health Organization. 12/05/2016 This five-page report describes the vector-borne diseases that pose a major threat to the health of societies around the world, including malaria, dengue, Zika virus, chikungunya, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, yellow fever, and Japanese encephalitis. It details the draft Global Vector Control Response 2017-2030, which aims to support countries in mounting coherent and coordinated efforts to counter the increasing burden and threat of vector-borne diseases. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On
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...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On
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...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News 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

What Are the Complications and Treatment for Lymphedema?
Discussion Lymphedema occurs because of abnormal development or damage to the lymphatic structures. It is a chronic often progressive swelling of tissues starting distally and advancing more proximally. Extremities are the most common sites followed by genitalia. Fluid accumulation in the interstitial, superficial spaces causes adipose deposition and fibrosis. This causes the lymphedematous tissue to then enlarge. Edema is pitting early on and later is non-pitting. Causes of lymphedema can be primary (~1%) or secondary (~99%). Primary lymphedema has been associated with several genetic mutations. Milroy disease is a prima...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 25, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'How Neglected Diseases Ravage Kaduna LGAs'
[Daily Trust] Zaria -The Neglected Tropical Diseases: Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), and Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephanthiatis), are diseases that can kill yet not given adequate attention in Kaduna State, Sight Savers, an international non-governmental organisation has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 17, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Brazilian man infected with Elephantiasis after being bitten by a mosquito
The man was bitten by the insect 20 years ago and subsequently infected with lymphatic filariasis - a parasitic infection better known as Elephantiasis - as his leg has now swollen to elephant-lie proportions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South American man infected with a crippling tropical disease after being bitten by a mosquito is facing a life-long struggle
The man was bitten by the insect 20 years ago and subsequently infected with lymphatic filariasis - a parasitic infection better known as Elephantiasis - as his leg has now swollen to elephant-lie proportions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plaudits due: how a search through soil led to a potent weapon against parasitic disease
Scientists William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura were honoured with the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering a drug that has radically lowered incidences of parasitic diseases river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. Elly Earls reports. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - April 20, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Innovative partnership brings to market new tools for neglected tropical diseases
(PATH) PATH and Standard Diagnostics (SD)/Alere announced today the commercial availability of two rapid diagnostic tools for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. Designed for use in disease surveillance, the antibody-based tests are part of a suite of diagnostic innovations intended to support the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of illnesses that affect more than a billion people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Merck and the Mectizan Donation Program Donate $1 Million to the END Fund for Efforts to Help Eliminate River Blindness in Africa
Dateline City: KENILWORTH, N.J. Since 1987 Merck Has Donated More than Two Billion Treatments of Mectizan to Help Eliminate River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that the company, together with the Mectizan Donation Program, is donating $1 million to the END Fund in support of efforts in Africa to eliminate river blindness, which is also known as onchocerciasis. Language: English ...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - March 4, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate News Corporate Responsibility News Latest News #Merck #MRK $MRK END Fund Mectizan NYSE:MRK River Blindness Source Type: news

Seven Things Worth Knowing About Mosquitos
This article is part of a series on malaria. You can read the rest of the series here. 1. Not all mosquitoes bite. The female mosquitoes are the dangerous ones. They bite and draw blood. Male mosquitoes feed on flower nectar. Males have very hairy and fuzzy antennae (like a powder puff) whereas females have less hairy antennae. 2. There are three types of malaria carrying mosquitoes. The top three malaria transmitters in Africa are Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles funestus and Anopheles arabiensis. The first two live in areas of Africa where there is higher rainfall while the third, Anopheles arabiensis, is a more savanna-base...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Nobel-Winners Campbell, Omura, and Tu Gave Powerful Gifts to Global Health
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...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Africa: Nobel in Medicine Awarded to Parasitic Disease Drug Pioneers
[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. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - October 7, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Parasite that causes lymphatic filariasis releases vesicles containing microRNA that may control host
Lymphatic Filariasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by three different species of parasitic worm, which are spread between human hosts by mosquitos. The molecular interactions between the worm, mosquito and human are dynamic and delicately balanced, meaning that disrupting these interactions might be an avenue for the development new therapeutic treatments. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Global Health: Fight Against Tropical Diseases Is Framed as Efficient
A consortium argued that every $1 invested in fighting neglected tropical diseases would generate $50 to almost $200 in productivity gains by 2030. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 27, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Trachoma Onchocerciasis (Disease) Neglected tropical diseases Parasites Leishmaniasis Medicine and Health Lymphatic Filariasis Worms Source Type: news

Global Health: Fight Against Tropical Diseases Is Framed as Efficient
A consortium argued that every $1 invested in fighting neglected tropical diseases would generate $50 to almost $200 in productivity gains by 2030. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Trachoma Onchocerciasis (Disease) Neglected tropical diseases Parasites Leishmaniasis Medicine and Health Lymphatic Filariasis Worms Source Type: news