Sabine Franck

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Studies have shown different and sometimes contradictory results in response to anxiolytic drugs. In the present study, the behavioral performance of rat strains, obtained from different breeders, was examined in four animal models of anxiety- or in exploration-related behavior to assess the potential contribution of genetic disposition or breeding factors(More)
Tungiasis is an important health problem in poor communities in Brazil and is associated with severe morbidity, particularly in children. The causative agent, the female flea Tunga penetrans, burrows into the skin of its host, where it develops, produces eggs and eventually dies. From the beginning of the penetration to the elimination of the carcass of(More)
Tungiasis (jigger) is endemic in many impoverished communities in many parts of Brazil. Forty-seven individuals entering an endemic area were followed up for a period of six weeks and regularly examined for the presence of newly embedded sand fleas. At the end of the third week, the attack rate of Tunga penetrans infestation had already approached 100%.
Tungiasis is an ectoparasitosis causing considerable pathology in endemic areas. Standard therapy consists of removing the embedded parasite with a sterile needle. There is no effective chemotherapy at hand. To fill this gap, a double-blinded randomized controlled trial with oral ivermectin was conducted. A total of 54 individuals (27 in the placebo group,(More)
Tungiasis is a parasitic and zoonotic skin disease caused by the sand flea Tunga penetrans-also called the jigger flea, which burrows into human skin, usually on the feet. The ectoparasitosis occurs in many economically depressed communities in the Caribbean, South America and Africa, and affects sporadically travellers to endemic areas. Usually, only one(More)
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