Ivermectin, but not as you know it

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Ivermectin, but not as you know it

Postby David Pascoe » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:35 am


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The Story Behind The River Blindness Story: Itching, Weeding, Snipping

When the Nobel for Medicine goes to two scientists who discovered a drug used to fight a variety of neglected diseases, how do you tell the story?

NPR's Jason Beaubien decided the best way was to go to one country where the drug – ivermectin — has made a major difference in people's lives. That's what took him to Ghana, where yearly doses of ivermectin have dramatically reduced the scourge of river blindness, a disease caused by parasitic worms that can rob people of their sight.

So ivermectin is a versatile drug?

It works on a bunch of different diseases. In addition to river blindness, the other main neglected tropical disease it's used on is elephantiasis, that awful swelling of the legs. And my wife even uses it to rid our horses of worms. It's effective against a large number of roundworm parasites.

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Snip?

Yeah, snip. To see whether people really have the parasites, the only test available has been this process where you cut off a sliver of skin in several parts of the body, usually someplace where the bone is close to the surface like the hip or the shoulder blade, and you throw that bit of flesh into salt water and you can see the parasites come out if they're present. That has been the way to test for river blindness.



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Re: Ivermectin, but not as you know it

Postby David Pascoe » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:36 am

So there is a lot more to Ivermectin than just Soolantra !
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