Swollen legs of man with elephantiasis.

Hope in the fight against a devastating disease

Research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue new guidelines for treating lymphatic filariasis – a devastating tropical disease that can cause elephantiasis. An estimated 70 million people worldwide are infected with the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. It can cause massive […]

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Child beverage choices in Guatemala deemed unhealthy

A new study focusing on beverages targeted to children in Guatemala found that most were of poor nutritional quality. Published in Public Health Nutrition, this study analyzed package marketing strategies along with health claims and compared them with the actual nutritional content. These beverages, marketed for children, consisted of fruit drinks, milk, carbonated beverages, water, […]

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E-cigarettes and e-liquids looming public health concern in Guatemala

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and e-liquids are readily available in Guatemala. While marketed as a way to sidestep the smoke-free law, these products are not regulated and do not contain warnings unlike like cigarette marketing protocols. Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery, conducted the first study analyzing e-cigarettes and e-liquids in a low/middle income […]

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Study Shows Guatemalan Cigarette Packs Don’t Meet National Requirements

In the first study to address cigarette packaging in low/middle-income country, researchers found that regulations mandated by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Guatemala have not been fulfilled. It is well known that tobacco companies utilize their packaging as a way to market to current and potential consumers. The packaging size, color, and […]

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Fast Food Marketing Contributing to Rising Obesity Rates in Guatemala Children

Obesity rates continue to climb globally and Guatemalans, especially children, are included in this trend. As in the United States, in this low/middle income country, fast food chain restaurants market directly to children with price incentives and toy giveaways as part of combination meals, enticing children to choose unhealthy food options instead of a possibly […]

Research from School of Medicine moves to eliminate river blindness

The parasite that causes river blindness infects about 37 million people in parts of Africa and Latin America, causing blindness and other major eye and skin diseases in about 5 million of them. A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis sheds light on the genetic makeup of the parasite, a step […]

A better understanding of how the Ebloa virus replicates could lead to treatments

A $13 million grant to study how the Ebola virus replicates has been awarded to a team led by Gaya Amarasinghe, PhD, an associate professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The grant, from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health […]

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