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National School of Tropical Medicine Redirects NTD Angle to Pediatric Early Prevention

National School of Tropical Medicine Redirects NTD Angle to Pediatric Early Prevention

More than one billion people in the world are currently afflicted by one of the seventeen diseases classified as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), 500 million of which are children. In Texas alone, more than one million families with children are affected by NTDs. The Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development is the first center in the world dedicated primarily ...

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Dr. Peter Hotez Announces New Initiative On Parasitic Infections

Dr. Peter Hotez Announces New Initiative On Parasitic Infections

The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine recently decided to engage in a new initiative to combat tropical diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified five priority infections, which are considered neglected, for public health action. Dr. Peter Hotez, who announced the new program, revealed a high level of concern about poor regions in the ...

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Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases Key To Realizing G20 $2 Trillion Global GDP Increase Goal: Dr. Peter Hotez

Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases Key To Realizing G20 $2 Trillion Global GDP Increase Goal: Dr. Peter Hotez

In his latest blog entry as Co-Editor in Chief of the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Dr. Peter Hotez applauds G20 finance ministers who at a meeting in Australia on February 23 announced an ambitious initiative to increase global gross domestic product (GDP) by at least $2 trillion over the next five years, citing a Canadian Press report saying that ...

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Dr. Peter Hotez, WHO Exhort World Leaders To Accelerate Efforts To Stamp Out NTDs In Indonesia

Dr. Peter Hotez, WHO Exhort World Leaders To Accelerate Efforts To Stamp Out NTDs In Indonesia

The nation of Indonesia is fast becoming a critical player in the world’s globalized economy. While it is still a poor country, it has quickly developed into a viable source of economic and trade activity. However, the future of Indonesia’s success in helping to pull its people out of poverty is inextricably linked to stamping out neglected tropical diseases that ...

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Dr. Peter Hotez, Baylor College of Medicine Announces 2014 Tropical Medicine Seminar Will Be Open To The Public

Dr. Peter Hotez, Baylor College of Medicine Announces 2014 Tropical Medicine Seminar Will Be Open To The Public

BCM’s National School of Tropical Medicine, headed by world-renowned neglected tropical diseases expert Dr. Peter Hotez and his team, has announced that this year’s ”Seminars in Tropical Medicine” course offered at Baylor College of Medicine will no longer be limited to those in the science and research professions. Instead, the school will open the seminars to the public who have an interest in ...

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Mystery Mesoamerican Nephropathy Tropical Disease Killing Young Men in Central America

Tropical Medicine expert Dr. Peter Hotez and colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine at Houston are sounding the alarm about a new hidden killer disease that disproportionately strikes young male Central American agricultural workers — primarily in the Pacific coastal regions of El Salvador and Nicaragua, but also in Guatemala and Costa Rica. The recently named Mesoamerican nephropathy appears to ...

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Dr. Peter Hotez: New “Blue Marble Health” Framework Launches Practical Steps Toward Stamping Out NTDs

Dr. Peter Hotez: New “Blue Marble Health” Framework Launches Practical Steps Toward Stamping Out NTDs

One of Sabin Vaccine Institute and Neglected Tropical Diseases advocate Dr. Peter Hotez‘ consistent messages in his lobbying efforts for more globalized engagement in treating and eradicating NTDs is that there needs to be less rhetoric and more action by governments and health organizations. In an effort to lay out an action plan fighting NTDs, a new concept and policy framework ...

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Polio Re-Emerges In Civil War-Torn Syria

Polio Re-Emerges In Civil War-Torn Syria

It’s hard to imagine things getting any worse for people trapped in Syria’s vicious civil war, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an alert that it has received reports of a polio outbreak in that devastated country’s Deir Al Zour province. The alert notes that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been isolated from ten of the cases ...

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Chagas Disease An Unfolding Tragedy In North America

Chagas Disease An Unfolding Tragedy In North America

An Open Access editorial in the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Journal (PLoS Negl Trop Dis 7(10): e2300. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002300) reports that Chagas disease, which many Americans have likely never heard of, is now a leading cause of heart disease among people living in extreme poverty in the Western Hemisphere, especially in Latin America, where it is a major parasitic killer. According ...

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EXCLUSIVE: 2nd Annual Vaccine Biotechnology Conference At Texas Medical Center Highlights Need for Further Commercial Participation

EXCLUSIVE: 2nd Annual Vaccine Biotechnology Conference At Texas Medical Center Highlights Need for Further Commercial Participation

Last week’s Second Annual Vaccine Biotechnology Conference at the Texas Medical Center drew many of the best and brightest in the vaccine sphere, including BCM’s Dr. Peter Hotez, who is the driving force behind the event.  Houston’s rise in reputation as a leading source of research and development of vaccines for a wide range of diseases was on full display. A ...

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Typhus Returns To Texas; Dr. Peter Hotez Highlights Appearance of NTDs

Typhus Returns To Texas; Dr. Peter Hotez Highlights Appearance of NTDs

Murine typhus is one of several diseases once assumed to have been all but eradicated in the continental U.S. thanks to better pubic health programs since the mid-20th Century, but that have been staging a comeback in Texas recently. Or perhaps these onetime plagues never really were entirely eliminated, but no one was looking for them or trained to recognize ...

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BCM Researchers Find Evidence That Houston Dengue Virus Cases Were Locally Transmitted

BCM Researchers Find Evidence That Houston Dengue Virus Cases Were Locally Transmitted

A retrospective study by  researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine at Houston, covering three years of blood and cerebrospinal fluid samples submitted for West Nile virus testing in the Houston area, found that 47 of the samples were positive for dengue virus. Their report was published October 9 in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. ...

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Sabin Vaccine Institute Part Of Global Consortium For First-Ever Clinical Testing of Human Hookworm Vaccine in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sabin Vaccine Institute Part Of Global Consortium For First-Ever Clinical Testing of Human Hookworm Vaccine in Sub-Saharan Africa

The international HOOKVAC consortium, led by the Academic Medical Center (AMC) at the University of Amsterdam, has announced it has been awarded a grant of six million Euros from the European Commission FP7 programme to expand the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership’s (Sabin PDP) work to develop and test a vaccine for human hookworm, a disease that infects 600-700 ...

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Dr. Peter Hotez, Others Agree Vaccine For MERS Novel Coronavirus Unlikely In The Near Term

Dr. Peter Hotez, Others Agree Vaccine For MERS Novel Coronavirus Unlikely In The Near Term

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is described by the Centers for Disease Control as a novel viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness characterized by high fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of these ...

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Dr. Peter Hotez: Arab Revolutions And Infrastructure Breakdown Causing Disease Proliferation

Dr. Peter Hotez: Arab Revolutions And Infrastructure Breakdown Causing Disease Proliferation

Houston-based physician and researcher Dr. Peter J. Hotez MD PhD, America’s leading advocate for and internationally recognized expert on tropical diseases and vaccine development, drew attention to the often overlooked issue of how political turmoil in the Arab world is opening the door to greater proliferation of disease, both in the region and potentially the world, in an opinion piece ...

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Sabin PDP At Baylor College of Medicine Targets 4 Major Parasitic Worm Infections

Sabin PDP At Baylor College of Medicine Targets 4 Major Parasitic Worm Infections

According to a press release issued by the Sabin Vaccine Institute, the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP) at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital recently launched a new vaccine discovery initiative with generous support from the Dr. Gary K. Michelson, M.D. Charitable Foundation, Inc. The initiative will seek to advance lead candidate antigens for ...

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Texas Medical Center’s Dr. Peter Hotez Advocates Neglected Tropical Disease R&D Funding To House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee

Texas Medical Center’s Dr. Peter Hotez Advocates Neglected Tropical Disease R&D Funding To House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee

America’s leading advocate for and internationally recognized expert on tropical diseases and vaccine development, Dr. Peter J. Hotez MD PhD, delivered testimony on June 27 before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Hearing. In his presentation, entitled “Addressing the Neglected Diseases Treatment Gap,” Dr. Hotez, who ...

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Journal Advocates Less Neglect Of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Texas And Rest OF U.S. South

Journal Advocates Less Neglect Of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Texas And Rest OF U.S. South

A new article in the June PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Journal 33 says that neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have been recently identified as significant public health problems in Texas and elsewhere in the American South, and chronicles findings of a recent one-day forum discussed the topic of NTDs in Texas that explored what the next steps might be to coordinate ...

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The Aleppo Evil: Syria’s Civil War Causes Flesh-Eating Parasitical Disease Flare-Up

The Aleppo Evil: Syria’s Civil War Causes Flesh-Eating Parasitical Disease Flare-Up

As if the beleaguered people of civil war torn Syria didn’t already have more than enough to contend with, they’re being further tormented by a pestilential parasitic skin disease that causes disfiguring facial sores and boils that is reportedly quickly spreading in the besieged city of Aleppo, adding further to the misery there — the number of estimated cases ranging ...

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Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Peter Hotez Says Be Concerned – Not Worried [Yet] – About Saudi Arabian MERS Virus

Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Peter Hotez Says Be Concerned – Not Worried [Yet] – About Saudi Arabian MERS Virus

A new report authored by members of WHO-led international investigation team and published by the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, June 19, entitled Hospital Outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus says that the novel coronavirus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that is known to have infected 64 people in the Middle East (mostly in Saudi Arabia), ...

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Dr. Peter Hotez Shames G20 In New Op-Ed Piece

Dr. Peter Hotez Shames G20 In New Op-Ed Piece

Dr. Peter Hotez, a Fellow in Disease and Poverty at Rice University‘s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, recently authored an article on how the Group of Twenty (G20) has overlooked addressing the rising rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world’s poorest nations ...

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Cervical Cancer Vaccines Now Less Than $5 Per Dose In Poor Nations

Cervical Cancer Vaccines Now Less Than $5 Per Dose In Poor Nations

Pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Merck announced Thursday that they would be manufacturing and distributing their vaccines against cervical cancer in poor nations for under $5 per dose. Although this charitable move makes the vaccine more accessible to the poor on a global scale, it is met with several opinions from how encouraging the vaccine would impact young girls, to the price ...

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Baylor’s Dr. Peter Hotez Identifies Female Genital Schistosomiasis as the “Secret Scourge” For Females In Sub-Saharan Africa

Baylor’s Dr. Peter Hotez Identifies Female Genital Schistosomiasis as the “Secret Scourge” For Females In Sub-Saharan Africa

Female Genital Schistosomiasis, an endemic parasitic infection in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa that is also a leading cause of bladder cancer due to untreated urinary tract schistosomiasis, was discussed recently by Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He previously discussed the development of an in vitro system, new animal models, ...

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Baylor’s Dr. Peter Hotez Cites Marked Improvements In Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases In Developing Nations

Baylor’s Dr. Peter Hotez Cites Marked Improvements In Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases In Developing Nations

Dr. Peter Hotez, the preeminent virologist, microbiologist, President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and distinguished professor at Baylor College of Medicine where he is the founding Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, recently posted a new article on the PLOS blog that cites marked improvements in the fight to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) in developing countries, as well ...

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