In one of the fastest responses to a major outbreak of measles, 16 million children and adults in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have now been immunized against the disease, less than a month after the government asked for assistance.
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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is investigating a local case of human myiasis and urged the public to take measures to guard against the disease.
Crohn's disease is a chronic relapsing inflammatory disorder of the intestinal tract that affects an estimated 0.15 percent of people in the developed world. Common symptoms of Crohn's diseaseinclude abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the disorder is often associated with debilitating clinical complications.
Pathological gambling in Parkinson's disease, sufferers of which could be adversely affected by the growth of betting on the web because they are more likely to become gambling addicts.
Despite the fact that they both types of hepatitis infect the liver, the hepatitis A and hepatitis C viruses actually have very little in common.
After Parkinson's disease patients use the drug levodopa or L-dopa for several years as a treatment for restoring the cellular communication that controls muscle movement by replacing lost dopamine, they begin to experience motor complications that include a shortened response to each dose of L-dopa.
A method of mass-producing disease-fighting antibodies entirely within bacteria has been developed by a research group at The University of Texas at Austin.
Large, for-profit dialysis facilities appear to administer higher than necessary amounts of a medication for treating anemia in patients with kidney disease, compared to nonprofit facilities.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Reclast (zoledronic acid) injection for the treatment of Paget's disease of the bone, the second most prevalent bone disease after osteoporosis.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that natalizumab - a drug that slows disability and reduces relapse rates in patients with multiple sclerosis - also reduces vision loss in patients with relapsing MS.
The drug pentoxifylline appears to have limited benefit in the first-line treatment of mouth ulcers due to recurrent apthous stomatitis.
Recent discoveries in autoimmune diseases are driving growth in the diagnostics market.
Investigating Sevelamer Carbonate In Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease Study Successfuly Completed
Genzyme Corp. announced that a recently completed study of Renvela (sevelamer carbonate) achieved its primary endpoint, demonstrating a statistically significant reduction in serum phosphorus for hyperphosphatemic patients with chronic kidney disease who are not on dialysis.
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has been doing investigation and follow-up of the death of a 20-year-old female college student who died of meningococcal disease at McKee Medical Center in Loveland.
The Texas Department of Health Services is advising anyone who ate at a Harlingen Whataburger restaurant between March 1 and March 12 and a Raymondville Whataburger restaurant between March 13 and March 31 that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A.
Discoveries reveal new genetic risk factors for the millions of people with inflammatory bowel diseases.
To highlight the importance of keeping up immunization, particularly among vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups, 25 countries across the WHO European Region will mark European Immunization Week on 16-22 April 2007.
The discovery of these Crohn's disease-associated genetic variants has identified several key biological pathways that will be the focus of further research to understand how the debilitating inflammatory process is initiated and maintained in many cases of the disease.
Variations could improve understanding of Crohn's disease process, lead to new treatments.
A new web based system to enhance monitoring of Clostridium difficile (C difficile) is being introduced this month, enabling trusts and PCTs to monitor progress on local C. difficile targets and to identify and focus on 'infection hotspots' in the future.
Alternative Medicine magazine announced that its April 2007 issue includes a special section focusing on the myth of osteoporosis.
Schering-Plough Corporation reaffirms its commitment to advancing the science and treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with several key data presentations at the European Association for the Study of the Liver.
Scientists have discovered a connection between a specific gene and the inflammatory skin condition vitiligo, as well as a possible host of autoimmune diseases.
Mosquito season is approaching and public health officials want to remind residents that mosquitoes can transmit a number of diseases, including West Nile Virus.
FDA has approved HepaGam B for use to prevent hepatitis B recurrence following liver transplantation in hepatitis B surface antigen ("HBsAg")-positive liver transplant patients.
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