Navigation Links
Researchers identify new leprosy bacterium
Date:11/24/2008

HOUSTON - A new species of bacterium that causes leprosy has been identified through intensive genetic analysis of a pair of lethal infections, a research team reports in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

All cases of leprosy, an ancient disease that still maims and kills in the developing world, previously had been thought to be caused by a single species of bacterium, said lead author Xiang-Yang Han, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

"We have identified a second species of leprosy mycobacterium, and in identifying this killing organism we've better defined the disease that it causes, diffuse lepromatous leprosy (DLL)." Han said. DLL occurs mainly in Mexico and the Caribbean.

There are hundreds of thousands of new cases of leprosy worldwide each year, but the disease is rare in the United States, with 100-200 new cases annually, mostly among immigrants. Leprosy initially attacks skin and nerve cells. It can be successfully treated with antibiotics in its early and intermediate stages.

R. Geetha Nair, M.D., a physician with Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, contacted Han in 2007 for help confirming a possible leprosy diagnosis in a patient who died that February.

The patient, a 53-year-old man originally from Mexico, was admitted that month for treatment of extensive leg wounds. While undergoing antibiotic treatment and additional diagnostic testing the next day, he was stricken with high fever and shock. He died after 10 days in intensive care.

Analysis of autopsied tissue at the Phoenix hospital suggested a diagnosis of diffuse lepromatous leprosy, a form first described in Mexico in 1852. Han said DLL uniquely attacks a patient's skin vasculature, blocking or impeding blood flow. This leads to extensive skin death at late stage and may cause secondary infection and fatal s
'/>"/>

Contact: Scott Merville
smerville@mdanderson.org
713-792-0665
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. UT Southwestern researchers develop new strategy for broad spectrum anti-viral drugs
2. Researchers discover strategy for predicting the immunity of vaccines
3. Ability to quit smoking may depend on ADHD symptoms, Columbia researchers find
4. Researchers ID Suite of Genes in Aging Process
5. Researchers: Ban on fast food TV advertising would reverse childhood obesity trends
6. Brigham and Womens Researchers Partner with Vocantas to use CallAssure in Clinical Research Study
7. Leeds researchers reshape the future of drug discovery
8. UNC researchers find clue to stopping breast-cancer metastasis
9. U of U researchers to use patients own stem cells to treat heart failure
10. Researchers identify toehold for HIVs assault on brain
11. Researchers Tackle CLL, Diabetes and Trauma-Hemorrhage
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Researchers identify new leprosy bacterium
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... ... An online provider of CPAP machines, masks, supplies, and accessories, My Cpap ... by offering shipping at no cost to you, directly to your door on all ... My Cpap Store is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. , Sleep apnea is a ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... 2015 , ... With the goal of furthering music education programs in schools, ... Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, IL on May 30th, 2015. Backed once again by ... in the underfunded school districts of Mendon and its neighboring town of Quincy, IL. ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2015 , ... The ... the renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation has added yet another accolade to its cadre of ... Emanuel. , “With the help of the medical community and the University ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... , ... August 28, 2015 , ... “ Frequentz ” ... at the latest and coolest applications on the market for iOS, Android, and Windows. ... shared with viewers how this software allows businesses to track product movement from beginning ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The Nashville Business Journal recently announced its ... Mr. Troy Mizell, Chairman of the Board at MyGenetx, is one of ... Awards will recognize Nashville military veterans who, through their professional and personal efforts, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:My Cpap Store Now Offering Delivery Special 0 Cost to You 2Health News:Best Drug Rehabilitation Interviews Country-Rock Duo Highway Run at the 2015 "Music With A Mission" Benefit Concert 2Health News:Chicago Mayor Pens Official Support of Annual Survivor in the City Event Benefitting Brain Aneurysm Foundation 2Health News:Chicago Mayor Pens Official Support of Annual Survivor in the City Event Benefitting Brain Aneurysm Foundation 3Health News:Track Product Movement from Beginning to End with Frequentz 2Health News:MyGenetx Board Member Receives Veterans Award 2
... the safety of a potential vaccine against mesothelioma, a ... which infuses uses a patient,s own dendritic cells (DC) ... induce a T-cell response against mesothelioma tumors. "[This] ... patients with mesothelioma," wrote Joachim G Aerts M.D., Ph.D., ...
... A new iPhone app designed ... gone on sale on the App Store , ... (PRWeb UK) March 3, 2010 -- The Quickka Calories PRO iPhone app is aimed at ... items that they eat., , ,In what is being called a perfect union between technology and ...
... ... ... ... ...
... ... , ... , , , ... HOUSTON , March ...
... University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, researchers found ... bladder cancer, is a cost-effective method of detecting tumors. ... well as the number of false positives that may result ... The study was presented today in advance of the American ...
... University of Washington,s Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield, a long-time ... the nation,s highest honor in the STD field during ... STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta, March 8-11. Handsfield ... named for Dr. Thomas Parran, Jr., U.S. Surgeon General ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Possible vaccine for mesothelioma proven safe 2Health News:Barcode Joins the Battle of the Bulge in New iPhone App 2Health News:Osteotech to Present at the Canaccord Adams Musculoskeletal Conference 2Health News:Osteotech to Present at the Canaccord Adams Musculoskeletal Conference 3Health News:Omega Protein Comments on California Lawsuit Alleging Fish Oil Contaminants 2Health News:Costly tests may not help detect bladder cancer recurrence, M. D. Anderson study finds 2Health News:Dr. Hunter Handsfield wins prestigious Thomas Parran Award 2Health News:Dr. Hunter Handsfield wins prestigious Thomas Parran Award 3Health News:Dr. Hunter Handsfield wins prestigious Thomas Parran Award 4
(Date:8/28/2015)... 28, 2015 According to a ... (Breast, Lung, Prostate) Type (Protein & Genetic Biomarkers) Profiling ... Prognostic) & Geography - Global Forecast to 2020", published ... reach around 17,689.0 Million USD by 2020 at a ... to 2020. Browse 191 Tables and ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... 2015 Research and ... of the "12th Annual Report and Survey ... to their offering. The 2015 12th ... and Production is the most recent study of ... projected future capacity and production. The report contains ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... WARRENVILLE, Ill. , Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... Patterson Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO ), is ... the previously announced acquisition of Patterson Medical by ... Medical will retain its name for a transition ... distributor of rehabilitation and sports medicine products.  With ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Cancer Biomarkers Market Worth 17,689.0 Million USD by 2020 2Cancer Biomarkers Market Worth 17,689.0 Million USD by 2020 3Cancer Biomarkers Market Worth 17,689.0 Million USD by 2020 4Cancer Biomarkers Market Worth 17,689.0 Million USD by 2020 512th Annual Report and Survey of Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Capacity and Production 2Patterson Medical Positioned for Continued Growth as a Newly Independent Company 2Patterson Medical Positioned for Continued Growth as a Newly Independent Company 3
... subset analyses of progression-free survival in,the SPARC ... in,relative risk of disease progression for patients ... as well as presence or absence of ... Pharmion,Corporation and GPC Biotech AG today announced ...
... Results in Improved Long-term [Five-years],Overall Survival for ... 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FOLFOX4, an,Eloxatin(R)-based chemotherapy regimen, ... survival (OS) and,time to disease progression (TTP) ... in patients with metastatic (advanced) colorectal cancer.,Importantly, ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Additional New Data from Satraplatin SPARC Phase 3 Investigational,Trial Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 2Additional New Data from Satraplatin SPARC Phase 3 Investigational,Trial Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 3Additional New Data from Satraplatin SPARC Phase 3 Investigational,Trial Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 4Additional New Data from Satraplatin SPARC Phase 3 Investigational,Trial Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 5Additional New Data from Satraplatin SPARC Phase 3 Investigational,Trial Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 6Additional New Data from Satraplatin SPARC Phase 3 Investigational,Trial Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting 7Eloxatin (oxaliplatin injection)-Based Chemotherapy Sets New,Treatment Benchmark in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer 2Eloxatin (oxaliplatin injection)-Based Chemotherapy Sets New,Treatment Benchmark in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer 3Eloxatin (oxaliplatin injection)-Based Chemotherapy Sets New,Treatment Benchmark in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer 4
... For use as a quality assurance ... human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (anti-HIV-1), ... I (anti-HTLV-I), antibody to hepatitis C ... core antigen (anti-HBc), antibody to cytomegalovirus ...
... the first,diagnostic hepatitis assay approved by the,U.S. ... in a random access format on,the VITROS ... run a hepatitis test at any time, ... for,the qualitative in vitro determination of total,antibody ...
... This SIGNET anti-PSA antibody gives ... all cases of benign hyperplasia. In ... intense staining and 34% give definite ... only a minority of cells; this ...
... kit is based on sequential binding of ... one (specific for the *-chain of HCG) ... (specific for the *-chain of HCG) conjugated ... washing step, chromogenic substrate is added and ...
Medicine Products: