Experts call for vaccine to fight severe diarrhoea
Paediatricians are urging governments in Asia to bolster national immunization programs with vaccines against the rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhoea in young children.
Rotavirus kills about 611,000 children worldwide each year, or a child every minute. Africa and Asia account for 90 percent of these deaths, with more than 180,000 occurring in Asia.
Therapy Effective for Reducing Lupus Flares
Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that an immunosuppressive drug used in organ transplant cases is effective in reducing flare-ups in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE results in inflammation of connective tissues and can involve the skin, joints and kidneys. Its cause is unknown. The findings were announced today at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Boston.
“Our findings show this therapy reduces lupus flares overall and is especially effective in reducing severe flares by roughly half,” says Mayo rheumatologist Kevin Moder, M.D., who led the research.