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Global eradication of Dracunculiasis is almost a reality.

Proceed To Article User Fees For Faster Drug Reviews: Are They Helping Or Hurting The Public Health?
In 1992, Congress, with the support of the administration, industry, and patient groups, passed a law that gave FDA the authority to collect user fees from manufacturers seeking marketing approval. Any time a company wants to submit a new drug or biologic to the agency so the product can go on the market, the company must pay a fee to support the review process. More...

Proceed To Article Human Gene Therapy: Harsh Lessons, High Hopes
In the 10 years since that first genetic treatment on Sept. 14, 1990, the hyperbole has exceeded the results. Worldwide, researchers launched more than 400 clinical trials to test gene therapy against a wide array of illnesses. Surprisingly, cancer has dominated the research. Even more surprising, little has worked. More...

Proceed To Article Eradicating Global Dracunculiasis
In 1986, an estimated 3 million persons were infected with dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) and another 120 million were at risk for infection. That year and in 1991, the World Health Assembly called for the eradication of dracunculiasis, and as a result of the implementation of the Dracunculiasis Eradication Program, the annual incidence was reduced by approximately 95% by 1995. More...

Proceed To Article Background Information: Dracunculiasis
Dracunculiasis is caused by the nematode Dracunculus medinensis. Humans become infected by drinking unfiltered water containing copepods which are infected with larvae of D. medinensis. Following ingestion, the copepods are killed and release the larvae, which penetrate the host stomach and intestinal wall and enter the abdominal cavity and retroperitoneal space. More...

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Hib Disease Overlooked As A Health Concern Among Minority Children
According to data presented today at the National Medical Association (NMA) 2000 Annual Convention, Haemophilus influenzae type b, also know as Hib disease, continues to remain a serious health concern, primarily among African American and Hispanic children under five years of age, due to the continued circulation of Hib and under-vaccination. More...

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