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Cellphone-based microscope leads to possible strategy for treating river blindness
More than 16,000 volunteers provided finger-prick blood samples for the study. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - November 8, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Cell phone-based microscope leads to possible strategy for treating river blindness
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) River blindness, or onchocerciasis, is a disease caused by a parasitic worm (Onchocerca volvulus) found primarily in Africa. Ivermectin is used to treat onchocerciasis. This treatment can be fatal when a person has high blood levels of another worm, Loa loa. In a paper published in NEJM, scientists describe how a cell phone-based videomicroscope can provide fast, effective testing for L. loa parasites, allowing these individuals to be protected from the adverse effects of ivermectin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 8, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WATCH: What Life Is Like With River Blindness
HuffPost traveled to Nigeria and Congo to document the fight against this preventable disease. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

New combination therapy of registered drugs shortens anti-Wolbachia therapy
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from LSTM's Research Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics have found a way of significantly reducing the treatment required for lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis from several weeks to seven days. By targeting Wolbachia, a bacterial symbiont that the filarial parasites need to live, the team has discovered a drug synergy that enables effective treatment over a shorter time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 24, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ethiopia:Ministry Eyes At Strengthening Onchocerciasis Elimination Efforts
[Ethiopian Herald] Ministry of Health and development partners disclosed that the program to eliminate Onchocerciasis - disease caused by parasitic worm - is progressing in most affected areas of the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

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

‘We didn’t know we would go blind’: fighting onchocerciasis in Ghana
Volunteers in remote areas are helping to bring the diseases under control, though millions of people remain at risk (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

East Africa: Study Links Nodding Syndrome to River Blindness Parasite Worm
[East African] A team of experts researching the mysterious Nodding syndrome has concluded that the disease may be caused by the immune system's response to a parasitic worm that also causes river blindness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 31, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Janssen Discontinues Development of Flubendazole Formulation to Treat Onchocerciasis
Research supported Johnson& Johnson ’s commitment to the 2012 London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases and yielded important findings (Source: Johnson and Johnson)
Source: Johnson and Johnson - March 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals 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

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

[In Depth] Parasitic worm may trigger mystery nodding syndrome
Between 1990 and 2013, thousands of children in war-torn South Sudan and northern Uganda suddenly developed a severe and puzzling form of epilepsy. When exposed to food or cold temperatures, affected children nodded their heads uncontrollably. Over time the seizures often worsened, leaving the children severely disabled. Many died of malnutrition, accidents, or secondary infections. The outbreak triggered an intense hunt for the cause, but searches for viruses, bacteria, environmental toxins, genetic factors, and nutritional deficits all came up empty. One key clue: Areas with nodding disease also had high rates of infecti...
Source: ScienceNOW - February 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Gretchen Vogel Tags: Neglected Diseases Source Type: news

Parasitic Worm May Cause Childhood Seizure Disorder Parasitic Worm May Cause Childhood Seizure Disorder
Nodding syndrome among villagers in remote regions of East Africa may be triggered by an autoimmune reaction to infection with the Onchocerca volvulus worm, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - February 16, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Carter Center among 8 semifinalists worldwide to win MacArthur $100M grant
Atlanta-based The Carter Center beat out thousands of competitors worldwide to become one of eight semifinalists to win a single $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. The center entered as its project its joint effort with Nigeria and its partners to eliminate river blindness. If it wins the 100&Change competition, it would scale efforts to eliminate the parasitic disease, center representatives said. River blindness affects an estimated 32.7 million people worldwide. The disease is… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Saunders Source Type: news

Carter Center among 8 semifinalists worldwide to win MacArthur $100M grant
Atlanta-based The Carter Center beat out thousands of competitors worldwide to become one of eight semifinalists to win a single $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. The center entered as its project its joint effort with Nigeria and its partners to eliminate river blindness. If it wins the 100&Change competition, it would scale efforts to eliminate the parasitic disease, center representatives said. River blindness affects an estimated 32.7 million people worldwide. The disease is… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Saunders Source Type: news

Nodding syndrome caused by response to parasitic protein, international study suggests
New clues to the link between Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, and a parasitic worm that can cause river blindness have now been uncovered by researchers. The study suggests that the mysterious neurological disease may be caused by an autoimmune response to the parasitic proteins. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: Science 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

WATCH: President Carter Shares One Of His 'Most Gratifying Moments'
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. Former President Jimmy Carter has dedicated the past three decades of his life to fighting diseases in poor countries ― and he’s not stopping anytime soon. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Carter explained the importance of working with diseases that affect some of the most vulnerable groups of people around the globe but that generally don’t get a ton of international attention. “These afflictions cause not only human suffering, but they al...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 25, 2017 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

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

Exploring the genome of the river blindness parasite
Researchers decoded the genome of the parasite that causes the skin and eye infection known as river blindness. The findings could lead to improved ways to treat and prevent the disease. (Source: NIH Research Matters)
Source: NIH Research Matters - December 5, 2016 Category: Research Source Type: news

This Group Helps Fight Devastating Diseases The World Ignores
This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. This group is developing drugs to treat diseases that are too often left behind. The Drugs For Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) develops treatments for neglected tropical diseases ― a group of at least 18 diseases, such as elephantiasis and river blindness, which affect more than 1 billion people but are largely unknown and under-resourced since they mainly impact poor communities.  “They’re diseases that nobody has ever heard of, that are di...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study sheds light on parasite that causes river blindness
The parasite that causes river blindness infects about 37 million people in parts of Africa and Latin America, causing blindness and other major eye and skin diseases in about 5 million of them. A study now sheds light on the genetic makeup of the parasite, a step toward the goal of eradication. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study sheds light on parasite that causes river blindness
(Washington University School of Medicine) The parasite that causes river blindness infects about 37 million people in parts of Africa and Latin America, causing blindness and other major eye and skin diseases in about 5 million of them. A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis sheds light on the genetic makeup of the parasite, a step toward the goal of eradication. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

NIAID-supported scientists sequence, explore the genome of the river blindness parasite
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Scientists have sequenced the genome of the parasitic worm responsible for causing onchocerciasis -- an eye and skin infection more commonly known as river blindness. Through their work, researchers have gained insight into the workings of the parasite and identified proteins that potentially could be targeted with existing drugs or provide areas for developing new treatments and a preventive vaccine. The NIAID-supported research is described in a pair of papers published this week in Nature Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 21, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases 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

Merck Congratulates Guatemala as Fourth Country in Latin America to Achieve WHO Verification of Elimination of River Blindness
Dateline City: KENILWORTH, N.J.KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, commends the government of Guatemala on being the fourth country in Latin America to receive World Health Organization (WHO) verification of the elimination of river blindness (onchocerciasis).Language: EnglishContact: MerckLainie Keller, 908-236-5036Ticker Slug:Ticker:MRKExchange:NYSEread more (Source: Merck)
Source: Merck - September 29, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate Responsibility News Latest News Source Type: news

‘It’s Always Personal’
Whenever Priya Agrawal went to sleep, she thought of the women whose lives she had not been able to save during her work in India and Africa. “You close your eyes and they are on the inside of your eyelids,” she recalls. “Every single time I wasn’t able to get the blood in time for the woman dying in childbirth, there had been five, ten opportunities to prevent her even getting to that stage.”Dr Agrawal is Executive Director ofMSD for Mothers*, which is the pharma manufacturer ’s $500 million, ten-year commitment to ending preventable maternal mortality.  Maternal mortality unaccept...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 23, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Adam Hill Source Type: news

Nigeria: Iri - River Blindness Ravages Community
[Daily Trust] Kaduna -Rivers are highly valued among rural dwellers because of the roles they play in the lives of the people. However, for residents of Iri, a village in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the river that flows across it, is not only a source for drinking water, farming and other domestic uses, but also a source of concern as it breeds blackflies which cause river blindness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 9, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: The Impact of River Blindness on Garbabi Community
[Daily Trust] Jalingo -Story of communities with large population of people who have lost their sight because of over 50 years attack of river blindness (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 31, 2016 Category: African Health 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

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

Featured Paper: Allergy the Price of Immunity
We would like to draw your attention to a paper recently published in PLOS Computational Biology: Comparisons of Allergenic and Metazoan Parasite Proteins: Allergy the Price of Immunity by Nidhi Tyagi, et. al. It is thought that part of our immune system has evolved to combat and provide immunity against infection by parasitic worms. However, in the absence of parasitic infection, this same arm of the immune system can become hyper-responsive and mistakenly target allergenic proteins in food or the environment. This results in an unregulated allergic response, which can sometimes be lethal. The researchers used comput...
Source: WormBase - March 8, 2016 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Ranjana Kishore Tags: Featured Papers news paper of interest 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

Decades-long quest to beat river blindness edges towards vaccine
(University of Edinburgh) The world's first vaccine for a disease that causes misery for millions in Africa could be tested within five years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Uganda: Blindness Plagues North
[Monitor] Kampala -About 5,000 people in northern Uganda have impaired vision due to river blindness. This is according to new data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 17, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Proven Parasite Drug Hailed As Malaria Weapon
[SciDev.Net] A drug used for decades against river blindness and elephantiasis in Africa, is being hailed as the newest weapon against malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 4, 2015 Category: African Health 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

ICYMI: Cancer While Pregnant And Why Predicting Mass Shootings Is Futile
ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we tuned in for the stellar first episode of Only Human, a new podcast from WYNC about how health shapes our lives. Podcast host and journalist Mary Harris chronicled her experience having breast cancer while she was pregnant with her second child, and left us more than ready for episode two. In the wake of a mass shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, we spent time with a thoughtful essay, focused on a frustrated Columbia University psychiatrist, who told Science of Us he was finished talking with reporters about the causes of violence i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Merck Congratulates Awardees of 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for Discovery Leading to River Blindness Treatment
Dateline City: KENILWORTH, N.J. Co-recipient Dr. William C. Campbell Conducted his Nobel Prize-winning Work at Merck Research Laboratories KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, proudly congratulates William C. Campbell, a retired scientist from Merck Research Laboratories, who was jointly named the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine with Satoshi Omura for the discovery of avermectin, which led to Merck’s development of Mectizan (ivermectin), a tr...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - October 5, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate News Corporate Responsibility News Latest News Source Type: news

Three scientists win Nobel for anti-parasite drugs
Campbell, Ōmura and Tu recognised for their therapies against malaria, elephantiasis and river blindness. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - October 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Nobel prize in medicine goes to pioneers in parasitic diseases – as it happened
The first of three prestigious science prizes on the first day of Nobel week are revealed: William Campbell and Satoshi Omura for their work on a therapy against roundworm, shared with Youyou Tu, for a therapy against malaria 12.02pm BST We’re now bringing down the curtain on this blog. Read the latest story on today’s winners here. Tomorrow it’s the Nobel Prize for Physics – join us again. 12.00pm BST Sarah Bosely has some details on avermectins, the drugs combating some parasites developed by Campbell and Ōmura.The avermectins are a group of naturally occurring compounds, which have strong insect...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 5, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample and Peter Walker Tags: Nobel prizes Medical research Science Science prizes People in science Neuroscience Source Type: news

2015 Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded For Discovery Of Malaria, River Blindness Drugs From Nature
This year's medicine prize surprisingly goes to scientists who discovered drugs for parasitic infections causing elephantiasis, river blindness, and malaria. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 5, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Kroll Source Type: news

International Coalition Urges Final Push to Eliminate River Blindness from the Americas
Dateline City: WASHINGTON, ATLANTA, & KENILWORTH, N.J. Country efforts supported by a major public-private partnership - including The Carter Center/OEPA, PAHO/WHO, and Merck & Co., Inc.’s Mectizan Donation Program - bring the region closer to achieving the elimination goal by 2020 Mexico latest country to receive verification of elimination by World Health Organization WASHINGTON, ATLANTA, & KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Carter Center, PAHO/WHO and the Mectizan Donation Program of Merck & Co., Inc. k...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - September 29, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate News Corporate Responsibility News Latest News Source Type: news

Nigeria: FG Commences Advocacy to Arrest Increasing Rate of River Blindness, Elephantiasis
[This Day] The Federal Ministry of Health has commenced advocacy to arrest increasing rate of onchocerciasis - river blindness and lymphatic filariar - elephantiasis in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Our Grassroots Healthcare Needs Urgent Attention'
[Daily Trust] Makurdi -Dr. Cecilia Ojabo is the Commissioner for Health and Human Services in Benue State. In this interview, she speaks on the pathetic situation of the primary healthcare in the state. Ojabo who is also an associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) said the state is a hyper endemic area for onchocerciasis (River Blindness). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 1, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news