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  • [Newsdesk] Ending neglected tropical diseases

    Posted 2017-06-01 00:00:00 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Efforts to control NTDs are making progress, but eliminating them will be a tall order without funding, political will, and eradicating poverty. Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan ...

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  • [Media Watch] Infectious diseases in ancient Egypt

    Posted 2017-06-01 00:00:00 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Dramatic advances in biomedical techniques and medical engineering have substantially changed our ability to discover disease in ancient remains. Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria are now understood to have affected large parts of the population of ancient Egypt, while other diseases such as heart disease and cancer are taking their place as part of the so-called human condition, rather than as a product of the modern world. With these changes in our understanding, an updated book on disease in the ancient world is greatly ...

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  • [Clinical Picture] Noma in a patient with HIV

    Posted 2017-06-01 00:00:00 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    A 43-year-old German-born white man presented to our local emergency department in London, UK, in February, 2011, with a 3-month history of progressive facial soft-tissue destruction. He worked as a pastry chef and had previously been employed on cruise ships. He had no clinically significant medical history, including no previous diagnosis of HIV ...

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  • [Comment] Antimicrobial resistance and food safety in Africa

    Posted 2017-06-01 00:00:00 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem around the world, including in Africa, and is associated with increasing mortality and medical costs.1,2 Prevention and treatment of the emergence of resistant pathogens requires contextual knowledge about the way both drugs and microbial ecologies interact and are locally understood. Suboptimal, non-prescribed, and excessive use of antimicrobials for human and animal health has long been documented in both high-income and low-income countries,3,4 and medical and agricultural practices have long been implicated in the global rise of antimicrobial ...

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  • [Clinical Picture] Pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema associated with influenza A H1N1 virus

    Posted 2017-06-01 00:00:00 dun: Mahammad A. Tafida

    A 60-year-old man originally from Mexico City presented to an emergency department with myalgia and cough. He used to be a smoker but had quit 5 years previously and did not use illicit drugs. He was overweight but had no other significant medical history. He was diagnosed with acute pharyngitis and discharged with antibiotics and antipyretics (amoxicillin 500 mg–clavulanic acid 125 mg and paracetamol 500 mg every 12 h), but 2 days later, he returned with sudden chest pain, neck fullness, and ...

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