27 June 2017

News Digest - Summer 2017

The News Digest provides you with compelling stories about neglected diseases published since the release of our previous newsletter in November 2016.

Using genomics to fight deadly parasitic disease

Science Daily, 16 May 2017
An international team of researchers is now one step closer to eliminating a deadly parasitic disease responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year. The research article, 'Whole genome analysis of a schistosomiasis-transmitting freshwater snail', published in Nature Communications, gives the scientific community an in-depth look of the sequenced genome of Biomphalaria glabrata, a tropical Ram's Horn snail. Read more

HeartWorming Results: TB vaccine safe for schistosomiasis-infected teens

PLOS Research news, 4 May 2017
Millions of people in tropical countries are at risk for contracting tuberculosis (TB) each year, with the existing Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine protecting only against the most severe childhood form. However, many of these people have pre-existing parasitic infections, which are known to reduce the effectiveness of certain vaccines. Read more

Winning the endgame: A global attack on long-neglected tropical diseases is succeeding

The Economist, 22 April 2017
This article appeared in the International section of the print edition under the headline "Winning the endgame" and explores how donors and drug firms are co-operating to defeat ancient plagues. Read more

German Merck aims to roll out child formula for schistosomiasis drug

Reuters, 18 April 2017
Merck KGaA said it is developing a children's formula of its drug to treat schistosomiasis, a parasitic worm disease that infects millions of poor people in Africa and Asia. Read more

UK to invest £450m fighting world’s most neglected tropical diseases

Independent, 16 April 2017
Britain is to invest almost half a billion pounds of international aid funding in efforts to tackle some of the world’s worst infectious diseases. Read more