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The burden of fungal disease

New evidence to show the scale of the problem across the globe.  Estimates never before attempted, show the number of people affected by serious fungal diseases in 14 of the worst affected countries across the globe have just been published. Experts believe they give a stark reminder of the huge disconnect between the lack of…

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Centre of excellence

IMPORTANT HONOUR FOR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF SOUTH MANCHESTER AND THOSE DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS FIGHTING TO HELP PATIENTS WITH FUNGAL DISEASES. The University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) is to become the first hospital in the UK and Europe to be recognised as a centre of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of aspergillosis and other…

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Essential antifungal medicines

Itraconazole, voriconazole and natamycin 5% ophthalmic preparation proposed as ‘essential antifungal medicines’ to reduce deaths and blindness. GAFFI has applied for itraconazole (capsules and oral suspension), voriconazole (capsules and intravenous solution) and natamycin 5% ophthalmic solution to be placed on the World Health Organization (WHO) Essential Medicine List (EML), in collaboration with colleagues from the…

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Fungal Asthma

LIVING WITH UK BURDEN OF FUNGAL ASTHMA GREATLY EXCEEDS PRIOR ESTIMATES NEW STUDY WARNS. Experts are warning of a significant increase in the number of people in the UK who are living with invasive and serious fungal diseases that affect the lungs, bloodstream and brain and can sometimes lead to death. While invasive fungal infections…

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E-Learning

Manchester first as e-learning course in fungal microscopy is launched worldwide to help save lives Scientists estimate that of the 5 million fungus species on Earth around 600 cause disease in humans. It is a challenge to diagnose a serious fungal infection in real time and this course is aimed at teaching a rapid method of diagnosis. Experts in Manchester have now developed the…

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Millions Deprived

MILLIONS DEPRIVED OF LIFE SAVING ANTIFUNGAL MEDICINES. New report highlights lack of supply. The world is in the grip of a global crisis that kills the equivalent of the populations of Philadelphia, Kampala or Prague – around 1.6 million each year. A new report published today* in the esteemed Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, documents how…

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Antibiotic Guardian Awards 2016

MANCHESTER HOSPITAL TEAM SHORTLISTED FOR IMPORTANT AWARD. The work of the Infectious Diseases team at Wythenshawe Hospital in reducing deaths by tackling misuse of antifungals has been shortlisted for a new Government award.  The antifungal stewardship programme at the hospital has been developed over the past seven years to improve patient outcomes by updating and…

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Histoplasmosis

New campaign launches today to alert South American countries of deadly cause of AIDS deaths.  A campaign to convince Latin American countries to do more to tackle a problem which is the leading cause of death in AIDS and yet is poorly understood, often misdiagnosed and frequently left untreated has been launched today. Experts from GAFFI (Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections)…

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The healing powers of honey

Pioneering research using honey exploits potential to save lives by destroying harmful fungus. The healing powers of honey have been known for thousands of years. Now a graduate from The University of Manchester has discovered a powerful link between a medicinal type of honey and the destruction of a fungus that can cause blindness or even death. In the…

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