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Neglected Tropical Diseases

Deportations and "Deadly Diseases"

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

NTDs are a major homeland security threat to Texas and the US Gulf Coast. They have been a threat for quite a while and yet our government and government officials have mostly ignored the problem -- until now.

A New Malnutrition Vaccine for the World's Poor

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

For people living in the poorest countries in Asia, Oceana, Latin America and Africa, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) called hookworm is one of the leading causes of anemia. Today more than 400 million people suffer from hookworm, making it one of the most common conditions among people living in poverty.

Chagas Disease: A 2014 World Cup Yellow Card

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Almost 6 million of the most vulnerable people living in the nine World Cup participating Latin American countries today do not receive treatment for their most debilitating neglected tropical disease.

Central African Republic and Its Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and poverty reinforce each other through mechanisms that involve reductions in workforce, food insecurity, and the health of girls and women.

The New HHS Secretary and America's Neglected Infections of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The new HHS Secretary will have a lot on her plate in 2014. It is my hope that with her unique skill set, Ms. Burwell will address this vital and most glaring health disparity among the poorest of the poor in the southern United States.

World Health Day

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The global health community has a huge task ahead in order to control or eliminate the worst neglected tropical diseases transmitted by insects or snails.

Science for the Poor: Making Vaccines to Combat Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Science can offer a lot to prevent these infections, thereby making poor people well enough to go back to work, children healthy and intellectually vibrant, and improving pregnancy outcomes.

America's 'New' Diseases of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Today the poorest people living in our nation still suffer from a group of diseases linked to extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States. Many of them will be afflicted with neglected tropical diseases. Are we ready?

South Sudan's Forgotten People and Their Forgotten Diseases

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

This week the community of tropical disease experts working in South Sudan is holding its collective breath over recent news of ethnic attacks, a potential for civil war, and the prospect that a public health tragedy could soon emerge in the region.

A Special Birthday Wish for Helen Keller

Kathy Spahn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

Achieving the elimination of blinding trachoma in 2015 in Mali and Niger will reinforce the promise of global elimination for 2020 and can save the sight of thousands of children and adults. It can also serve as one of the greatest tributes to Helen Keller's legacy the world has ever seen.

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

WATCH: Emily Blunt, Eddie Redmayne Can't Sit Through This Graphic Video

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact

More than 1 billion people suffer from natural tropical diseases that are so devastating, advocates who want to help can barely sit through a short vi...

Government Support Is Key to Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases

His Excellency John Kufuor | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
His Excellency John Kufuor

Africa is often the focus of the global agenda, yet across the continent millions of people are also suffering from a little known group of infections called neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs. More than one in six people worldwide are infected by NTDs -- and half that burden is here in Africa.

Campaign Spending: What Else Can $2 Billion Buy?

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Even half of the $2 billion spent on the U.S. presidential campaign this year could go a long way toward controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases.

How We Can Eliminate 7 Neglected Diseases That Affect World's Poorest By 2020

Neeraj Mistry, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Neeraj Mistry, M.D.

We're at risk of failing the poorest nations if we don't step up our efforts to address a health concern that's connected to the success of nearly every important socio-economic development milestone. I'm talking about neglected tropical diseases.

Inspiring a Generation of Women to Fight Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

It's not easy to introduce neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, to first time audiences. The truth is they may be the most important diseases of girls and women you have never heard of.

To Be Rare Or to Be Neglected: For a Disease, That Is the Question

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr Layla McCay

In terms of the science, it seems that "rare diseases" are more likely to be neglected than so-called "neglected tropical diseases." Perhaps in terms of NTDs, it's not the diseases but the people who have been neglected?

Nodding Disease: A Mother's Worst Nightmare

David Lindsay | Posted 04.10.2012 | Impact
David Lindsay

Imagine watching your neighbor's child suddenly come down with a mysterious disease that robs her of vitality and leads to a slow, confusing demise.

The London Declaration and Eliminating NTDs

Ned Breslin | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
Ned Breslin

Polio is a water-related disease and we were left behind. Malaria has water- and sanitation-related aspects and we are being left behind. And our most obvious sweet spot -- NTDs -- have just left us behind again.

Engineering a Healthy Tomorrow for the Poorest Billion

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

It is not everyday that you hear the words big Pharma, billionaires, philanthropists and eradication of diseases in the same sentence. Well, Monday, January 30th was one such spectacular day.

The London Declaration: A Tipping Point For The World's Poor

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

In London today, global health leaders announced an unprecedented commitment to control or eliminate 10 diseases by the end of this decade.

A New Tropical Medicine Clinic for 'Third World America'

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 12.27.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Poor economic conditions have been known to increase the risk of disease. But only recently have diseases of poverty, mostly associated with countries outside the U.S., been recognized as a problem here at home.

1 Billion Suffer From Hidden Tropical Diseases, Says WHO

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

GENEVA — The World Health Organization estimated Thursday that 1 billion of the world's poorest people suffer from neglected tropical diseases s...

50 Cents Can Save A Child From Tropical Disease

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Their official name is 'Neglected Tropical Diseases' (NTDs), and they are a group of 13 bacterial and parasitic infections that afflict over 1.4 billi...

A New Year and a New Way to Embrace Life's Uncertainty

Kari Stoever | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Stoever

The great paradox is that every choice is a thousand renunciations. Are you aware of what you are choosing or failing to choose today?