The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting an increase in positive laboratory reports of hepatitis C. Typically the health district receives 20 to 40 positive reports daily. Recently the daily report totals have exceeded 150. These higher numbers were expected based on increased rates of testing and the background rate for the disease.
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Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome are less likely to ovulate in response to a promising new drug treaent for the condition if they have a variation in a particular gene.
Motor neuron disease is a rare, devastating illness in which nerve cells that carry brain signals to muscles gradually deteriorate. One form of it, Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), is familiar to the public in the lives of scientist Stephen Hawking and Morrie Schwartz, about whom Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" was written.
Anacor Pharmaceuticals announced results from a Phase 2a clinical trial of AN2728, an investigational topical anti-inflammatory drug, in patients with psoriasis. The study met its primary endpoint and all secondary endpoints.
In 69 percent of patients, the area treated with AN2728 scored better at the end of therapy than the area treated with the vehicle ointment, compared with six percent of patients in whom the vehicle-treated areas were superior. These results were statistically significant (p<0.001). No drug-related safety issues were reported.
Scientists from Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University have found a gene GIGYF2 that is linked to Parkinson's disease.
It has long been known that psoriasis, a chronic skin condition characterized by thick, red, scaly plaques that itch and bleed, can have a significant negative impact on a patient's overall quality of life.
A new research on Parkinson's Disease treatment proves to be successful in mice. There is still some work to do, but the new research using therapeutic cloning to treat Parkinson's disease may provide future avenues for treatment of the disease in humans.
A small decrease in UK Tuberculosis cases in 2007, compared with 2006, was reported by the Health Protection Agency.
UK travellers visiting friends and relatives on the Indian sub-continent are carrying an unnecessary burden of typhoid and paratyphoid (also called enteric fevers).
Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are two serious and debilitating diseases with no confirmed cause and limited treatment options.
Peptimmune has completed its first clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of PI-2301, a novel peptide copolymer for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.
Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium may be more common than originally suspected, including that caused by antibiotic resistant strains.
The pace of the progress to control the tuberculosis epidemic slowed slightly in 2006, the most recent year for which data were available.
A new project aims to find novel treatments for many human diseases by bringing together the leading European experts in membrane proteins.
A research team has identified chemical compounds that hold promise as potential therapies for schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide.
A new drug that will soon enter clinical trials for treatment of malaria also appears to be 10 times more effective than the key medicine in the current gold-standard treatment for toxoplasmosis.
Researchers have found a clue about how resistance to the hormone leptin might disrupt the brain signals that tell the body when to stop eating.
A novel aerosol version of the most common tuberculosis vaccine offers significantly better protection against the disease in experimental animals than a comparable dose of the traditional injected vaccine.
deCODE scientists detail a major mechanism through which genetic factors contribute to major public health problems.
A research team has identified chemical compounds that hold promise as potential therapies for schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide. The findings were reported today in the advance online publication of the journal Nature Medicine.
Laparoscopic hepatic left lateral lobectomy combined with fiber choledochoscopic exploration of the bile duct had many advantages over traditional open operations.
Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is associated with severe bleeding and considerable transfusion requirements. There are several reasons for this severe bleeding in Orthotopic liver transplantation. Hemostatic abnormalities remain a major cause.
Researchers have identified how the killer bacterium makes itself immune to a key component of the only effective treatment against Tuberculosis.
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