Leprosy Researcher Wayne Meyers Dies
An accomplished infectious disease scientist, Meyers spent the 1960s treating and studying the condition in central Africa. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - October 2, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Killer trifecta for leprosy
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - September 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Williams, I. Tags: twis Source Type: news

Nigeria:Gombe Risks Undetected Leprosy Cases - Expert
[Leadership] The officer in charge of Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Unit in Gombe State, Dr Mustapha Musa, has said that the state stand the risk of an increase in the number of undetected leprosy cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Leprosy Increases As World Gives Attention to Newer Endemic Diseases
[IPS] Maputo -In the first six months of this year, the southern African nation of Mozambique has already registered 300 more cases of leprosy, some 951 cases, than it registered for the whole of 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Q & A: Leprosy Increases as World Gives Attention to Newer Endemic Diseases
A young boy from the Philippines with leprosy. The chronic disease is curable, and if treated in time disabilities related to the disease can be averted. Courtesy: moyerphotos/CC By 2.0By Elisio MuchangaMAPUTO, Jul 30 2018 (IPS)In the first six months of this year, the southern African nation of Mozambique has already registered 300 more cases of leprosy, some 951 cases, than it registered for the whole of 2017.The country, which had previously eliminated the chronic disease in 2008, is receiving funding from the Nippon Foundation—a non-profit philanthropic organisation from Japan that is active in many countrie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elisio Muchanga Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

Mozambique:Eradicating Leprosy a Complicated Task
[IPS] Nampula Province, Mozambique -It takes Faurito Ant ónio, 42, from Lalaua district, Nampula Province, two hours to reach his nearest health centre in order to receive the drugs necessary for his treatment of leprosy. António, whose foot has become affected by the muscle weakness that occurs when leprosy goes untreated, says this long walk while ill is the reason why many don't continue treatment - which can take between six to 12 months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 29, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Eradicating Leprosy in Mozambique, a Complicated Task
World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and chair of the Nippon Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa (left), holds the hand of a leprosy patient. Sasakawa visited Mozambique’s rural Namaita Centre to assess the progress of leprosy patients. The Nippon Foundation has been providing funds and medication in order to eliminate leprosy in Mozambique. Credit: Elísio Muchanga/IPSBy Elisio MuchangaNAMPULA PROVINCE, Mozambique, Jul 28 2018 (IPS)It takes Faurito António, 42, from Lalaua district, Nampula Province, two hours to reach his nearest health centre in order to receive the drugs neces...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elisio Muchanga Tags: Africa Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria Needs N14.4b to Control TB As 420 Die Daily
[Guardian] The Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Dr. Adebola Lawanson, yesterday disclosed in Abuja that 420 Nigerians die everyday due to tuberculosis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Lifelong Fight Against Leprosy
[Ethiopian Herald] Today's guest is Solomon Tibebe. He is a clinical nurse by profession. He had served in ALERT Hospital for forty solid years. The clinical nurse was in the habit of providing expert advice related to leprosy for people living with the disease. He is considered by many as ambassador for leprosy elimination. All his patients love him with all their hearts. Above and beyond, nothing makes him happier than helping his patients from time to time. He offered a range of trainings with regard to the disease withou (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:Where Are the Missing Tuberculosis Patients?
[Citizen] A lot of efforts are done by the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme (NTLP) under the ministry of health and other partners to control TB in Tanzania. Yet, TB remains a major problem and Tanzania is among 30 highly burdened countries globally with TB and TB/HIV co-infection. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - May 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New study suggests leprosy came from Europe
Skeletal analysis shows the oldest strains of the disease came from Europe, the oldest from Greater Chesterford, Essex circa 500ADLeprosy may have originated in Europe rather than Asia, according to the largest study to date on ancestral strains of the disease.The study has revealed that more leprosy strains than expected were present in medieval Europe, prompting scientists to reconsider the origins and age of the devastating disease.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Science Biology UK news Source Type: news

A European origin for leprosy?
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) New research by an international team has revealed that there was much more diversity in the leprosy strains circulating in Medieval Europe than previously thought. This finding, based on the sequencing of 10 new ancient genomes from the leprosy-causing bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, complicates prior assumptions about the origin and spread of the disease, and also includes the oldest M. leprae genome sequenced to date, from about 400 AD in the United Kingdom. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Publication details IDRI's promising leprosy vaccine candidate
(Infectious Disease Research Institute) A publication in Nature Partner Journals (npj) Vaccines indicates that post-exposure prophylaxis with LepVax, IDRI's leprosy vaccine candidate, not only appears safe but, unlike BCG (a tuberculosis vaccine that provides some protection against leprosy), alleviates and delays the neurologic disruptions caused by Mycobacterium leprae infection in nine-banded armadillos. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rare Diseases: A New Purpose
The US National Institutes of Health describes drug repurposing as “studying drugs that are already approved to treat one disease or condition to see if they are safe and effective for treating other diseases”.The investment and time required to repurpose a drug is significantly less when compared to new drug discovery and could, therefore, translate into potentially lower prices and faster access to new treatments.Government incentives for rare diseases Historically, orphan drugs and their relatively small target populations have been a particularly risky endeavor for pharmaceutical companies. Considering tha...
Source: EyeForPharma - April 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Preeti Patel and Sophie Schmitz Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Alert Stepping Up Transformation Efforts
[Ethiopian Herald] All African Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Rehabilitation and Training Center (ALERT) said it is on the right track to achieve its plan to be a specialized teaching hospital by 2025. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 27, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Fire Razes Multi-Billion Naira Tuberculosis Reference Lab in Zaria
[Vanguard] An inferno on Monday razed down a multi-million Naira Reference Laboratory Centre at the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Centre ( NTBLC) in Zaria, Kaduna State. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:WHO, USAID, Others Offer Free Tuberculosis Screening, Treatment to FCT Residents
[Vanguard] Abuja -As part of activities to commemorate this year's World Tuberculosis Day, the World Health Organisation, WHO, United States Agency for International Development, USAID, the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, and the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control, Programme, NTBLCP, Monday collaborated to offer free tuberculosis screening and treatment for residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

8 women medtech innovators you need to know
As we celebrate more women becoming medtech leaders and paving the way for innovation, it’s important to remember the many accomplishments women have already made when it comes to the advancement of health and medicine. X-rays on the battlefield, the American Red Cross, leprosy treatment and more — these advances happened because of women. As we mark Women’s History Month this March, here are eight women who have made their mark on health and medicine. Next>> The post 8 women medtech innovators you need to know appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - March 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blood Management Cardiovascular Diabetes Diagnostics Healthcare Reform Hospital Care Imaging Regenerative Medicine American Red Cross cardiology chemotherapy HIV/AIDs leprosy leukemia malaria MedTech radiography vision im Source Type: news

Fight against leprosy is far from over
Fresh ideas for diagnosis, treatment and prevention are being tested, as 2m continue to live with the disease (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria:Bauchi Health Agency Treats 17 Leprosy Cases
[Daily Trust] Bauchi -The Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV /AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA) successfully treated 17 leprosy cases at various locations in the state in 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 24, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Leprosy's drug resistance and origin revealed by genome analysis
(Ecole Polytechnique F é d é rale de Lausanne) Scientists led by EPFL have isolated leprosy bacteria directly from human samples, and analyzed the purified genomes to identify mutations that confer drug resistance to the bacterium, as well as gain insights into the origins of the disease. The study is published in Nature Communications, just ahead of the World Leprosy Day, Jan. 28, 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Library Shelfie Day
The New York Public Library launched ‘Library Shelfie Day’, a social media event, a few years ago as a way to promote libraries and demonstrate a love of reading. The idea worked well with Instagram and was an international hit with over 1200 posts. Why did people like it so much? A number of factors contributed to this phenomenon. It definitely resonated with what people cared about, their passion for reading. Wonderful books include both the courageous and inspiring stories of individuals as well as reveal the health barriers members of our society must face. The PNR staff loves to read and here are a few of...
Source: Dragonfly - January 23, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Libraries reading social media Source Type: news

Nigeria:16,000 HIV Positive in Bauchi Get Treatment
[Daily Trust] Bauchi -The Bauchi State Agency for the control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis/Leprosy and Malaria, (BACATMA) has disclosed that it has provided treatment, care and support to 16,000 HIV positive patients in the state from 2015 to 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bride-to-be was nearly driven to suicide due to a rash
Kate Crawford, 27, from Stirling, Scotland, woke on New Year's Eve 2016 to find her body covered in angry red hives. After trying many medications that have failed, she may have to take leprosy drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ethiopia:AHRI's Rich Contribution to Ethiopia
[Ethiopian Herald] Dr. Tore Godal is an international Public Health Specialist currently working as a Special Adviser on global; health at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. He was instrumental in the initiation of (1973-74) of the UNDP/World Bank, WHO special program for research and training in tropical diseases, leading the programs's pilot project and flagship efforts, immunology of leprosy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lab notes: strange news from another star as physics melts the internet
First up, this just in: astronomers havedetected a mysterious space rock hurtling past the sun, and believe it could be the first object that can be traced back to another solar system. It ’s not aliens, but it’s pretty exciting. You know what else is exciting?The release of Stephen Hawking ’s 1966 PhD thesis online. People really went wild for it: demand was so huge it crashed Cambridge ’s repository website. Oops. No less exciting is a freshbreakthrough in DNA base editing, or “chemical surgery”, which brings hope of potential treatment for huge number of diseases that arise as a resul...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Tash Reith-Banks Tags: Science Source Type: news

Medieval love of squirrel fur may have helped spread leprosy, study reveals
Skull yields new evidence of link between human and animal leprosy – with red squirrel fur traded with Viking Scandinavia thought to be a factorScientists have found evidence that the medieval taste for the beautiful fine fur of red squirrels, traded with Viking Scandinavia, may have been a factor in the spread of leprosy.The link between human and animal leprosy had already been suggestedwhen the disease was found in modern squirrels in the UK, but the new evidence is from analysis of the skull of a woman who died more than 1,000 years ago in Suffolk, before the Norman invasion.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 25, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Archaeology Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Health Source Type: news

Viking trade in red squirrels may have spread leprosy
Leprosy found in red squirrels is also found in pre-Norman bones in Suffolk and Scandinavia. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could Squirrel trade have contributed to England's medieval leprosy outbreak?
(St John's College, University of Cambridge) Genetic analysis of a pre-Norman skull unearthed in a garden in Suffolk has added to a growing body of evidence that East Anglia may have been the epicentre of an epidemic of leprosy that spread through medieval England. The authors of the new study suggest that an explanation for the prevalence of leprosy in medieval East Anglia may possibly be found in the sustained Scandinavian trade in squirrel fur -- an animal known to carry the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Promising new leprosy vaccine moves into human trials
(Infectious Disease Research Institute) Today marks a significant step forward in the prevention and treatment of leprosy as the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) and American Leprosy Missions announce the start of a Phase 1 clinical trial in humans for a promising leprosy vaccine candidate -- the first vaccine developed specifically for leprosy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 12, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morbidity and mortality of leprosy in the Middle Ages
(Santa Fe Institute) In the Middle Ages, did contracting leprosy necessarily increase a person's chances of dying? Yes, says a new paper. But it's complicated. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Eritrea: Tuberculosis Prevalence On Decline
[Shabait] Asmara -Sister Natsinet Gebreyohanes, head of TB and Leprosy Control in the Ministry of Health branch in the Central region, reported that owing to the integrated effort and sustainable awareness raising programs the prevalence of TB has been reduced by 90%. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea:Tuberculosis Prevalence On Decline
[Shabait] Asmara -Sister Natsinet Gebreyohanes, head of TB and Leprosy Control in the Ministry of Health branch in the Central region, reported that owing to the integrated effort and sustainable awareness raising programs the prevalence of TB has been reduced by 90%. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Armadillos in Kansas: road hazard and leprosy threat?
As armadillos spread across Kansas, they represent more than mobile speedbumps. They are a source of leprosy. Studies show that the rate of leprosy infection in populations of armadillos can vary from 5 percent to more than 20 percent, researcher Ramanuj Lahiri told The Wichita Eagle. There is no firm count of how many armadillos now roam the plains of Kansas, nor studies of how many carry leprosy. Exper ts say the odds of humans contracting leprosy from armadillos is small, but it is possible.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 28, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

Leprosy hijacks immune system, similar to autoimmune diseases
Leprosy hijacks the immune system, turning an important repair mechanism into one that causes potentially irreparable damage to our nerve cells, UCLA researchers have discovered. The new findings,published online today in the journal  Cell, suggest that leprosy shares underlying characteristics with some autoimmune diseases.Courtesy of Cressida MadiganCressida Madigan“We discovered that the mechanism of nerve damage in leprosy is very similar to what happens in diseases like multiple sclerosis,” said Cressida Madigan, a postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA and first author of the paper. “That means w...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 25, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Namibia: Educational Movie On TB Screens At Waiting Rooms
[New Era] Windhoek -In an effort to spread the message on tuberculosis to the broader public the Ministry of Health and Social Services, through district tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy coordinators, is screening the Lucky Specials feature film at waiting rooms of health facilities countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 24, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Leprosy turns the immune system against itself, study finds
(University of Cambridge) Leprosy hijacks our immune system, turning an important repair mechanism into one that causes potentially irreparable damage to our nerve cells, according to new research that uses zebrafish to study the disease. As such, the disease may share common characteristics with conditions such as multiple sclerosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pakistan Holds State Funeral for German Nun Who Fought Leprosy Pakistan Holds State Funeral for German Nun Who Fought Leprosy
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Dr. Ruth Pfau, Savior of Lepers in Pakistan, Dies at 87
A German-born medical missionary, who discovered her life ’ s calling by chance, is hailed in Asia as “ a Mother Teresa. ” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Ruth Pfau Deaths (Obituaries) Pakistan Teresa (Mother) Leprosy (Hansen's Disease) Source Type: news

Pfau, 'Mother Teresa of Pakistan,' dies at age 87
Ruth Pfau, a German physician and nun who devoted her life to the eradication of leprosy in Pakistan, has died at age 87 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Bauchi Makes HIV, Genotype Tests Mandatory Before Marriage
[Daily Trust] Bauchi -Bauchi State Government has enacted a law to compel intending couples to conduct HIV and genotype tests before marriage. This was disclosed at a meeting of stakeholders yesterday at the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis /Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: People With Leprosy Avoid Treatment Due to Stigma, Discrimination
In this report, Odimegwu Onwumere reveals that fragile healthcare system culminated to dearth of technical know-how in diagnosis and treatment, sensitisation and high discrimination of people with leprosy in the Nigeria, whereas the last leprosy hospital in Sweden closed in 1948. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Conditions is Erythema Nodosum Associated With?
Patient Presentation A 12-year-old male came to clinic with a history of 3-4 days of painful bruising on his shin and lower arms. He had Streptocococcal pharyngitis diagnosed by rapid strep testing approximately 4 weeks previously and had taken all of his amoxicillin antibiotic per his parents. He had recovered without any problems until 3-4 days ago when his legs and arms started to have painful bruises along the shins and lower arms. They were raised, red/purple and painful mainly in the center of the lesions. He denied pain elsewhere nor any fever (Tmax was 99.5F), chills, sweats, weight loss, joint stiffness, abdomina...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Gambia: NLTP Boosts Village Health Workers in Nbr
[Daily Observer] The Regional Health Director in the North Bank Region recently distributed 114 bicycles to village health workers in the area. The bicycles, donated by the National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme (NLTP) with funding from Global Fund, were meant to ease the mobility needs of village health workers, thereby strengthening primary health care services in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria 'Records 4,000 Untreated Cases of Leprosy Annually'
[Premium Times] No fewer than 4,000 new untreated leprosy cases are being recorded annually in Nigeria, mainly from the poverty-ravaged communities, the Leprosy Mission, Nigeria (TLMN) has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 8, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

India resurrects forgotten leprosy vaccine
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - June 8, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kumar, S. Tags: Asia/Pacific News, Epidemiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Toxicology In Depth Source Type: news

Gambia: NLTP Distributes 840 Bicycles to Village Health Workers Countrywide
[Daily Observer] The National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the support of Global Fund has commenced distribution of over 800 bicycles to village health workers across the seven health regions of the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 1, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

An immunity gene evolved in Southeast Asia to protect against leprosy
A mutation in an immune system gene rapidly rose in frequency in Southeast Asia approximately 50,000 years ago because it likely conferred protection against leprosy. The findings show that the gene variant, called HLA-B*46:01, encodes a protein that binds to molecules derived from the bacterium that causes leprosy. This HLS protein then presents these foreign molecules to the immune system, which destroys the infected cells. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 16, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

An immunity gene evolved in Southeast Asia to protect against leprosy
(Cell Press) A mutation in an immune system gene rapidly rose in frequency in Southeast Asia approximately 50,000 years ago because it likely conferred protection against leprosy. The findings, published in Cell Reports, show that the gene variant, called HLA-B*46:01, encodes a protein that binds to molecules derived from the bacterium that causes leprosy. This HLS protein then presents these foreign molecules to the immune system, which destroys the infected cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Cure For This Flesh-Eating Disease Makes Grown Men Run And Hide
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. UTUT FOREST, Kenya ― Amos Kiptui is no stranger to hardship. He was born in a cave 27 years ago and still lives in one, despite run-ins with wild buffalo, deadly snakes, leopards and lions.  So when thick, itchy welts began to appear on Kiptui’s right cheek, he took a sharp rock and scraped off layers of his skin, then packed the bleeding wound with traditional medicine made from bitter leaves.  “You put the leaves on a piece of iron and make a fire,&r...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news