Three parasite fighters have won the Nobel Prize in Medicine

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William Campbell and Satoshi Omura developed a new drug to treat river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. Youyou Tu discovered a drug that significantly reduces death rates from malaria.

William C. Campbell shares the 2015 #NobelPrize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites”.Campbell and his co-recipient Ōmura has discovered a new drug, Ivermectin, effective against a variety of parasites including those that cause River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis). As the name implies, River Blindness (Onchocerciasis) ultimately leads to blindness, because of chronic inflammation in the cornea. Lymphatic Filariasis, afflicting more than 100 million people, causes chronic swelling and leads to life-long stigmatizing and disabling clinical symptoms, including Elephantiasis (Lymphedema) and Scrotal Hydrocele.

Posted by Nobel Prize on Monday, October 5, 2015

 

William C. Campbell shares the 2015 ‪#‎NobelPrize‬ in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites”.

 

Campbell and his co-recipient Ōmura has discovered a new drug, Ivermectin, effective against a variety of parasites including those that cause River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis). As the name implies, River Blindness (Onchocerciasis) ultimately leads to blindness, because of chronic inflammation in the cornea. Lymphatic Filariasis, afflicting more than 100 million people, causes chronic swelling and leads to life-long stigmatizing and disabling clinical symptoms, including Elephantiasis (Lymphedema) and Scrotal Hydrocele.

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