Boost for lung infection research – with new UK-Brazil partnership

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 A Brazilian University is forming a new international partnership with researchers from Manchester to carry out more research into the  fungal lung infection which causes chronic illness in  at least three million people worldwide and has a fatality of 75%. Colleagues at the Escola Paulista de Medicina-Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) will work alongside… Read more »

Fungal disease: The “trojan horse” that threatens the world as death toll rises to 150 people every hour

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GAFFI is calling all policy makers and health agencies to wake up to the plight of more than 300 million people worldwide who suffer and die every year from fungal disease. GAFFI was set up in 2013 to highlight what doctors believe is a worldwide catastrophe that is growing year on year, yet could be halted with… Read more »

The Ugly Face of Beauty: Why leading doctors are highlighting the plight of a million disfigured female workers

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Beauty, they say, is skin deep. Try telling that to the Babassu ‘breakers’ – the women of South America, Africa and Asia who for a hundred years have worked to harvest the oil from this special type of coconut, and ended up with an incurable skin fungal infection that disfigures, socially excludes them from their… Read more »

Mycology reference laboratory transforms outcomes of histoplasmosis in French Guiana

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In French Guiana, disseminated histoplasmosis (DH) is the most common AIDS-defining illness (15.4/1,000 person years in HIV patients) and carried the highest mortality. Overall mortality was 45.3%, with a median time to death of 110 days, at an average age of 37 years. But over 20 years (1992-2011), two major changes were seen. The early… Read more »