Chagas Disease

  • Cure in Sight for Kissing Bug's Bite
    Chagas disease, a deadly tropical infection caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and transmitted by biting insects called "kissing bugs," has begun to spread around the world, including the U.S. Yet current treatment is toxic and limited to the acute stage. In ...More
    February 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • With Climate Change, U.S. Could Face Risk From Chagas Disease
    In the spring of 1835, Charles Darwin was bitten in Argentina by a “great wingless black bug,” he wrote in his diary. “It is most disgusting to feel soft wingless insects, about an inch long, crawling over one's body,” Darwin wrote, “before sucking they are quite thin, but ...More
    March 15, 2012 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves First Supplemental Test for Chagas Disease
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first test for use as an additional, more specific test on human serum or plasma specimens found to be positive for antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). T. cruzi causes Chagas disease, a serious and potentially fatal ...More
    November 22, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Chagas Disease May Pose a Threat in South Texas, Researcher Says
    Chagas disease, a tropical parasitic disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, may be more widespread in Texas than previously thought, according to research from the University of Texas at Austin. ...More
    October 6, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Penn Epidemiological Study Takes Snapshot of Long Term Chagas Disease Outbreak
    Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, not all epidemics involve people suffering from zombie-like symptoms--some can only be uncovered through door-to-door epidemiology and advanced mathematics. Michael Levy, PhD, assistant professor of Biostatistics and ...More
    September 27, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Immunetics Awarded NIH Grant for Clinical Trials of New Blood Test for Chagas' Disease
    Immunetics, Inc. announces it has been awarded a $2.4 million, three-year Phase II SBIR grant by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support clinical trials of the company's new confirmatory ...More
    May 5, 2011 Posted in News
  • Many U.S. Physicians are Unfamiliar With Chagas' Disease, Survey Says
    According to recent survey results published in the October issue of The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States are unfamiliar with Chagas' disease, a condition that affects an estimated 300,000 people in the ...More
    October 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Kiss of Death: Research Targets Lethal Disease Spread by Insect
    It makes your skin crawl—a bug that crawls onto your lips while you sleep, drawn by the exhaled carbon dioxide, numbs your skin, bites, then gorges on your blood. And if that's not insult enough, it promptly defecates on the wound-and passes on a potentially deadly ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Breakthrough in the Diagnosis of Parasitic Diseases
    Chagas disease is one of the most deadly parasitic diseases in the world. It affects more than 10 million people, primarily in the Americas. In South America alone it kills 50 000 people each year. A reliable and rapid diagnosis is the key in the battle against infection ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Developing Drugs for Neglected Diseases
    Researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have developed Distributed Drug Discovery (D3), a new low-cost strategy to accelerate the discovery of drugs to treat neglected diseases such as tuberculosis, leprosy, leshmaniasis, dengue fever and ...More
    June 15, 2009 Posted in News
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