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Local Web Design Agency Launches Leprosy Charity Website for Women in Need

Online presence is vital for charities - Charity websites help raise the profile & funds across online social media networks - Women in Need helps women from Indian slums in socio-economic difficulty including HIV/AIDS, mental illness, rape & abuse HARTFORD, England, April 7 /PRNewswi...

Researchers identify new leprosy bacterium

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 maim...

Forgotten, but not gone: Leprosy still present in the US

Long believed to be a disease of biblical times, leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, continues to be seen in the United States. "Approximately 150 cases are diagnosed each year with 3,000 people in the U.S. currently being treated for leprosy, says James Krahenbuhl, Ph.D., director of the He...

New York Community Trust Awards Grant of $100,000 to Infectious Disease Research Institute for Early Detection Leprosy Tests

SEATTLE, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), a Seattle-based non-profit scientific research institute, announced today that it has received a $100,000 two-year grant from the Heiser Program for Research in Leprosy and Tuberculosis of the New York Community...

Australian PM Wants to Prevent Entry of HIV Positive and Leprosy Affected People

As opinion polls predict a major defeat for the ruling conservatives in Australian federal elections, Prime Minister John Howard is stepping up his rhetoric, projecting himself as a tough man , who would do anything to protect the interests of his electorate. Only last month he had kicked off a hug...

Little Relief for Leprosy Patients from the Government

India may be hailed as a leprosy-free zone by health administrators worldwide. But the bitter fact is that over a thousand and more are suffering// from the terrifying disease. But public health efforts to treat them have been inadequate, many point out. And the stigma the disease carries with ...

World Leprosy Day – Easing Pain and Giving Hop

'The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.' ??????????- Mother Teresa World Leprosy Day, which falls on 31st January 2007, is a day to increase public awareness about leprosy// and to encourage the flow of funds, imperative to t...

Cured Leprosy Patients to Fight Social Stigma

Jharkhand is engaging people cured of leprosy to fight the stigma of the disease. // According to official figures, the prevalence rate of leprosy in the state has fallen to 1.56 percent in 2005, from 14.7 percent in 2001. However, the 'Lok Doots' (Messenger of People), as the cured ar...

Japanese NGO Assures Rs 75 Lakh for Leprosy Centre Relocation

Concerned over the deteriorating condition of a leprosy centre in the capital, a Japanese NGO has assured to donate Rs 75 lakh for either relocation or reconstruction of the facility. // Yohei Sasakawa, President of Nippon Foundation and goodwill ambassador of World Health Organisation (WHO) ...

India to Eradicate Leprosy by 2026

India as eliminated Leprosy but still we have to eradicate the disease from our country which would be possible by increasing the awareness regarding the // transmission of the bacteria and the treatment regimen to be followed for treating the disease. Indian Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramado...

Is complete eradication of Leprosy possible in India?

In India the prevalence of leprosy is decreasing to about 0.95 cases per 10,000 population. The health care minister announced that leprosy is eliminated from India. // But this statement is very ambiguous because it does not mean that the disease is completely eliminated but the prevalence is sig...

Nippon Foundation To Help Leprosy Patients

Japan based charity organization Nippon Foundation has announced that it will spend an amount of US$ 10 million towards empowering and rehabilitating // leprosy patients in India. Yohoi Sasakawa, the Chairman of the foundation has revealed that the amount will be raised in a year's time, and it wil...

New clues about immune system from leprosy microbes

Scientists from UCLA and Harvard School of Medicine have successfully discovered how the body’s immune system// fights in limiting the control of infections like leprosy in some cases but not in others. The research says that the body’s initial immune system often fights with the infections in...

IDRI and Chembio to Develop Tests for Leishmaniasis and Leprosy

The Seattle-based Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) and Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CEMI) have entered into two research and development agreements for the development of rapid diagnostic tests for Leishmaniasis and Leprosy, two 'neglected diseases' targeted by IDRI. ...

India Targets Eliminating Leprosy

Health Officials in India have revealed that the country is moving further towards eliminating leprosy. The country has set itself a target of less than one leprosy infected person for every 10,000 people. During the early 1980s, when the Multi Drug Therapy (MDT) was yet to be introduced in the cou...

Final push to eradicate leprosy

The governments of countries where leprosy is still a health problem need to ensure their people understand that it is an easily curable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Partners in WHO's Global Alliance for the Elimination of Leprosy// are meeting in Brazil for their annual m...

Stop Use of Word 'Leper'

...wa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Elimination of leprosy and Japanese Government Goodwill Ambassador for th...e Affected by Leprosy, held to coincide with World leprosy Day, he said that the word "carries the meaning of...st." Mr Sasakawa said that people affected by leprosy have demanded that the term not be used. "Unfortu...

Leprosy Lingers in the U.S.

...AY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors view leprosy as a scourge of Biblical times or faraway places, ...henbuhl said that there are about 150 new cases of leprosy diagnosed in the United States annually. In all, a...nging patterns of immigration, Krahenbuhl said. leprosy is caused by an organism called Mycobacterium lep...

Expanded save the date: ASTMH Annual Meeting

...e Clinton Foundation. Forgotten, but not Gone - leprosy Still Present in the U.S.: Long believed to be a d...use many of the population in the U.S. affected by leprosy are immigrants in poor communities who primarily s...efore, many physicians mistake the skin lesions of leprosy for a fungus or ringworm and treat it with a topic...

Forgotten diseases key to lifting developing world from poverty, destitution and despair

...long been ignored. Parasitic and bacterial diseases such as hookworm, snail fever, river blindness, guinea worm, elephantiasis, sleeping sickness and leprosy are the most common infections of third-world populations. These neglected tropical diseases represent one of the most important reasons why populati...

Scientists Isolate Organism That Causes Disfiguring Tropical Disease

...he disease occurs predominantly in impoverished, tropical, rural areas of Africa, where the incidence has been increasing, surpassing tuberculosis and leprosy (two other diseases caused by mycobacteria) in some regions. Although it has long been believed that Mycobacterium ulcerans is an environmental ...

EMBASE Classic makes inroads into pharmaceutical industry

...rms. For example, the pre-penicillin era drugs oxophenarsine (tradename mapharsen) to treat syphilis and thiazosulfone (tradename promizole) to treat leprosy and tuberculosis have become EMTREE terms. EMBASE Classic may be acquired directly from Elsevier or from vendors Ovid, Dialog or DataStar. To cele...

EMBASE Classic Makes Inroads into Pharmaceutical Industry

...erms. For example, the pre-penicillin era drugs oxophenarsine (tradename mapharsen) to treat syphilis and thiazosulfone (tradename promizole) to treat leprosy and tuberculosis have become EMTREE terms. EMBASE Classic may be acquired directly from Elsevier or from vendors Ovid, Dialog or DataStar. To celebra...

Drugstore in the dirt

...(MRSA), penicillin-resistant S. aureus (PRSA), and pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli). It also killed Mycobacterium ulcerans, a germ related to leprosy and tuberculosis that causes the flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer. This effect was first described in 2002, by Line Brunet de Courssou, a French huma...

Social Worker in Jharkhand Spreads AIDS Awareness Through Music

...anitation related problems. We inform villagers how to fight AIDS, malaria, leprosy and other maladies," said Nayak. "Music has the power to attract a...ets and newspapers hardly ever reach them. There are nearly 37,000 leprosy patients in Jharkhand and every year nearly 1000 people fall prey to malari...

MDR-TB Spreading in Slums of Nairobi, Kenya, Health Workers Say

...ler said. Kenya has recorded 46 cases of MDR-TB, but the actual figure could be much higher, Dave Muthama, program officer for Kenya's National leprosy and TB Control Program, said. Sputum tests often do not detect TB in people with HIV, so the most effective way of diagnosing TB in HIV-positive peopl...

A ‘Good Samaritan’ to the Aid of Lepes

...as officially been eradicated in China. Once thought to be incurable, leprosy can be easily cured with a 6-12-month multi-therapy antibiotic treatment in...n an operation and decided to retire in 1997. Her first experience of leprosy came in a leper village in Panyu during a 2002 tour organised by the Hong K...

UN Leader to Deliver Speech Against the Spread of HIV/AIDS

...ub-Saharan Africa. In prior years he served as a Health Systems Advisor for UNAIDS in Geneva, Switzerland and as National Manager of the AIDS/STD/TB & leprosy Programme for the Government of Zambia. Dr. Msiska has served on numerous task force groups and as a consultant for the UN, WHO, the World Bank and th...

Unsafe Sex, HIV Infected Transfusion Spreading AIDS in Madhya Pradesh

...x workers, drug addicts, street children, truck drivers and transporters." Not many have knowledge about the disease that they still equate with leprosy or the "curse of Kamdev" (God of love). Source-IANS...

India Finds New Use for an Old Bug

...ngle because it is an already approved vaccine for leprosy and is commercially manufactured by Cadila Pharmac...antigens with M.leprae -- the organism that causes leprosy - led Talwar and his colleagues to use the organis...alth ministry launched a trial of the vaccine on a leprosy endemic population of 420,000 in Uttar Pradesh. ...

A Soldier's Healing Touch

...eader has been doing this consistently for the past 13 years. What began in 1993 as a one-room clinic is today the Association for Blindness and leprosy Eradication (ABLE). Made possible through generous NRI funding and local land donations, it has till date treated some 30,000 patients and performed 5...

Ramadoss Declares India Yaws Free

.../ The highly contagious disease was prevalent among tribals living in unhygienic conditions. "India has finally eliminated yaws. Last year it was leprosy and this year it was yaws," he said at a function. He added that India had moved closer to completely eliminating yaws by 2008. "Yaws elimination is ...

Cosmetic Surgeons Discuss Facelift Surgery

... surgery.// "India and the West have different approaches to cosmetic surgery. The medicine curriculum here focuses more on treating ailments like leprosy and burns than on aesthetic surgery," Anil Chadha, a cosmetic surgeon, told reporters during the first Indo-Italian workshop, Aesthetica 2006. He...

Uganda Facing Huge Problem Due to Combination of HIV And TB

... is also an important opportunity for reaching the national and global targets of TB control," said Francis Adatu, the national director of the TB and leprosy program. Uganda is one of the 22 countries recognized by the WHO as having a huge burden of TB cases. ...

Leprosy Cured People In India To Be Trained By Japanese Trust

... leprosy cured persons in over 700 neighbourhoods across In...r for leprosy, told IANS. He said that cured leprosy patients would be provided micro credit to start t...itation." On Dec 31, 2005 India achieved the leprosy elimination tag with prevalence rate going down to...

The Face Of Indian Health Care: A World Health Day Evaluation

...buted by private sector undertaking. Although we now have to large extent eliminated the social stigma associated with leprosy, 60% of the world’s leprosy patients are from India. Communicable diseases continue to be responsible for a large proportion of the deaths (42%). Although the Indian Government h...

Concerted Effort Imperative For Elimination Of Tropical Diseases: WHO

...ability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost to these diseases is over 11 million per year, WHO stated. WHO records show that over 70 % of the global leprosy cases, 50 % of the persons globally affected by clinical LF, 35 % of the global STH infections and 20 % of the globally estimated kala azar cases are ...

Cervical Cancer Vaccine To Be Developed In India

...nd mental health. The Government is expected to come out with a more effective educational campaign against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, TB and leprosy in the near future. Efforts are also on to strengthen infrastructure and equipment for cancer treatment across the country. There would be at lea...

Gene Target For Tuberculosis Identified

...sis has been identified which, is held to control the onset of the disease. The gene NRAMP1 is known to be involved in a number of other diseases like leprosy // and rheumatoid arthritis. Different forms of the gene are held to control the speed at which tuberculosis develops. Certain factors are already ...
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