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Tropical diseases are diseases that are prevalent in or unique to tropical and subtropical regions. Tropical diseases include Chagas disease, schistosomiasis, malaria, dengue, leprosy, Buruli ulcer, dracunculiasis, Ebola, cholera, West Nile disease and ye

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NIH study of Ebola patient traces disease progression and recovery

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Analysis of daily gene activation in a patient with severe Ebola virus disease cared for at the National Institutes of Health in 2015 found changes in antiviral and immune response genes that...

Drinking iced tea may boost cholera risk in endemic countries

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

After more than a decade of declining cholera incidence, Vietnam faced an increase in cases of the diarrheal disease during 2007-2010.

Monoclonal antibody cures Marburg infection in monkeys

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that an experimental treatment cured 100 percent of guinea pigs and rhesus monkeys in late stages of infection with lethal levels...

Negative regulator stops extreme immune response to parasite, averting multi-organ damage

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cytokines are proteins secreted by several types of immune cells in response to infection, inflammation, or injury.

Researchers profile symbiotic relationship between bacteria and filarial nematodes

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Filarial nematodes - microscopic, thread-like roundworms - currently infect up to 54 million people worldwide and are the leading cause of disability in the developing world.

Research addresses the threat of Zika virus to the US blood supply

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Investigators have shown that certain screening methods that detect the genetic material of Zika virus can be used to ensure that donated blood supplies remain free of the virus.

Zika virus: Cure steps closer with protein-mapping study

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

By mapping the function of a key protein that helps the Zika virus replicate and spread, researchers open a path that could lead to new drugs to stop it.

Mosquito monitoring has limited utility in dengue control, study finds

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cross-sectional surveys of mosquito abundance carried out in the subtropics and tropics are meant to give researchers an indication of the risk of a dengue virus outbreak in any given area.

Fighting malaria through mathematical analysis of parasite's metabolism

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new mathematical model, based on the deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, could help develop antimalarials by identifying key metabolic targets, according to a study published in...

Human antibody for Zika virus promising for treatment, prevention

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have determined the structure of a human antibody bound to the Zika virus, revealing details about how the antibody interferes with the infection mechanism - findings that could aid in...

Ebola vaccines provide immune responses after 1 year

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Immune responses to Ebola vaccines at one year after vaccination are examined in a new study appearing in JAMA.

Deakin scientists find new way to starve out malaria parasite

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Deakin University scientists have discovered a new way to combat malaria, one of the world's top three infectious disease killers.

Testing program monitors stability of vaccines for neglected tropical diseases

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new generation of vaccines for neglected tropical diseases is moving into clinical trials, and understanding the long-term stability and effectiveness of these vaccines over periods of storage is...

More mosquito species than previously thought may transmit Zika

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Zika virus could be transmitted by more mosquito species than those currently known, according to a new predictive model created by ecologists at the University of Georgia and the Cary Institute of...

Drug combination defeats dengue, Ebola in mice, Stanford study finds

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A combination of two cancer drugs inhibited both dengue and Ebola virus infections in mice in a study led by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers, despite the fact that these two...

Taking aim at a key malaria molecule

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The iron-containing molecule heme is necessary for life. Cells require heme to perform the chemical reactions that produce energy, among other critical tasks.

Mouse model could shed new light on immune system response to Zika virus

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PDT

A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new treatments, according to a study...

Enormous promise for new parasitic infection treatment

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The human whipworm, which infects 500 million people and can damage physical and mental growth, is killed at egg and adult stage by a new drug class developed at the Universities of Manchester and...

Zika may cause miscarriages, thin brain tissue in babies carried to term

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Johns Hopkins researchers say that in early pregnancy in mice with complete immune systems, Zika virus can cross the placenta - intended to protect the developing fetus - and appears to lead to a...

New malaria vaccine effective in clinical trial

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

University of Tübingen researchers in collaboration with the biotech company Sanaria Inc.

New protein could be key in fighting debilitating parasitic disease

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A naturally occurring protein has been discovered that shows promise as a biocontrol weapon against schistosomiasis, one of the world's most prevalent parasitic diseases, Oregon State University...

Disease "superspreaders" were driving cause of 2014 Ebola epidemic

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study about the overwhelming importance of "superspreaders" in some infectious disease epidemics has shown that in the catastrophic 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, about 3 percent of...

Malaria vaccine target's invasion partner uncovered

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has discovered how a promising malarial vaccine target - the protein RH5 - helps parasites to invade human red blood cells.

Scientists find clue to why Zika, but not its close relatives, causes birth defects

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The most frightening aspect of Zika virus has been its ability to produce severe fetal birth defects during pregnancy, especially microcephaly - a small head.

Research finds flaws in studies of mass deworming efforts for children in poor countries

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The International Journal of Epidemiology finds that three widely cited research studies relating to mass deworming in Africa have substantial problems in their methods and analysis.