Three scientists win Nobel Prize in medicine

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three scientists have won the Novel Price in medicine for their work treating parasitic diseases.

Their work has changed the treatments of hundreds of millions of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Disease experts said the drugs developed by the Nobel Laureates have spared millions of people from two parasitic diseases – Roundworm – which can cause river blindness and elephantiasis and Malaria. 

The scientists are from Ireland, Japan and China.

Dr. William Campbell and Dr. Satoshi Omura were honored for their work against infections caused by Roundworm parasites. 

Dr. Tu was credited for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria. She was inspired by traditional Chinese medicine in discovery a drug that is now part of standard anti-Malarial regimens.

Parasitic worms afflict a third of the world’s population, particularly in Latin America, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

A Nobel Price committee member said these Laureates embody exactly what this award is meant to recognize.

The Nobel committee said they usually have 300 to 400 nominees to choose from.

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