“Abbott Laboratories will soon acquire the biggest share of India’s pharmaceuticals market, about 7%, when the company closes as early as next month on a $3.7 billion takeover of the drugs business of Piramal Healthcare Ltd.,” the Wall Street Journal reports in an article that examines how pharmaceutical companies are tapping into emerging markets as a way to bolster sales.
A study published online Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that anticipated temperature increases “could slow the growth of rice production unless farmers adapt by changing management practices and switch to more heat-tolerant varieties,” Reuters reports (Fogarty, 8/10).
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Experimental Dengue Vaccine Enters Final Trials, Could Be Commercially Available In 5 Years A dengue vaccine 10 years in the making could be on the market within five years, according to Australian researchers, the country’s ABC News reports. A team at the Institute for Child Health Research “is about to…
A report (.pdf) released on Monday by the Asia Society and International Rice Research Institute recommends that “Asian countries should increase rice reserves to help stabilize prices and improve food security in the region which is home to about 65 percent of the world’s hungry,” Bloomberg reports.
WHO Regional Meeting In South-East Asia Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance, Developing Country Access To Medical Devices
During the WHO’s 63rd Regional Committee Session for South-East Asia in Bangkok on Wednesday the WHO called for enhanced “efforts at the national and international level to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial agents through the rational use of antibiotics,” Indian Express reports (Thacker, 9/9). The appeal follows the news of a Lancet study published last month which identified a gene that enables bacteria to resist most antibiotics and documented an increase in the prevalence of the gene in parts of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, 8/11).
World Bank Report Highlights Concerns, Potential Benefits Of Large-Scale Farm Deals In Developing Countries
Foreign purchases of agricultural land in developing countries “pose ‘significant risks’ to the livelihoods of farmers in countries with ‘weak land governance,’ the World Bank said in a report” (.pdf) on Tuesday, which also noted the potential benefits of these investments, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
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Global Post Examines How Global Fund Impacts HIV Care, Human Rights In El Salvador Global Post examines how the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and MalariaÂ is impacting HIV/AIDS care and human rights in El Salvador. The article profiles Carla, a Salvadorian transvestite who tested positive for HIV in jail…
As “HIV prevalence among gay and bisexual men has hit alarming levels in Asia,” an estimated 90 percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Asia Pacific region lack access to HIV prevention and care, according to a report released Monday by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCPM) and the University of Hong Kong’s Center for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL), Reuters reports.
Pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and other infectious diseases account for more than two-thirds of the 8.8 million deaths in 2008 among children under age 5 around the world, according to a Lancet study published on Wednesday, HealthDay News/Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. The highest numbers of childhood deaths were in Africa (4.2 million) and Southeast Asia (2.39 million), according to the news service (5/11).
East African Examines 10-Year Research Program To Address Agriculture, Food Security, Climate Change In Rural Areas
The East African examines the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program, a 10-year research collaboration between the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) that aims to help rural communities address these three issues (Butunyi, 5/24).