Sunday, January 17, 2010
Negelcted Tropical Diseases
What diseases have the most devastating impact on developing countries? AIDS? Malaria? Maybe TB? These diseases are often associated with high mortality, but many people around the world must deal with chronic disease as well. Parasitic diseases such as cysticercosis, Chagas disease, trichomoniasis and toxocariasi, don't often kill the host, but cause malnutrition, deformities, and can delay intellectual development. A new article in Scientific American suggests that treating these neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) could be a big step in raising those effected out of poverty.