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Sri Lankan Health Ministry Prioritizes Chronic Kidney Disease With Unknown Cause

Associated Press: Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka “…The [mysterious kidney] disease [in Sri Lanka’s rice-growing region] has killed up to 20,000 people over the past 20 years and sickened another 70,000 to 400,000. … No cases have been detected elsewhere in the country, and research has failed…

Bureaucratic Delays Keep India’s Vulnerable From Receiving Life-Saving TB Treatment

Wall Street Journal: Inside India: The Deadly Effects of Red Tape Getta Anand, senior writer for the Wall Street Journal based in Mumbai “Red tape and over-regulation can kill. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi fights to loosen bureaucrats’ stifling grip on the economy, he also needs to ease Indians’ access…

Despite Challenges Facing Health Workers, Pakistan Hopes To Eradicate Polio

BBC News: What must Pakistan do to beat polio? “Pakistan has yet to report a new case of polio in 2015 — but officials are keeping their fingers crossed nonetheless. In recent years the Taliban have banned vaccinations in areas under their control, while scores of health workers or policemen…

China Reports Increase In New HIV Cases In 2014

Financial Times: China reports sharp rise in HIV cases “China has reported a sharp rise in new cases of HIV infection last year, highlighting increased incidence of the disease among the elderly and young students…” (Waldmeir, 1/16). Xinhua: China reports over 100,000 new HIV/AIDS infections in 2014 “China reported 104,000…

TV Can Impact Poverty, Public Health By Changing Social Behaviors

Bloomberg Businessweek: Fighting Poverty and HIV With Soap Operas “…Governments have long known that TV can have an impact on poverty by changing behavior. In the 1970s, after the launch in Peru of Simplemente María, a telenovela about an aspirational maid, the country’s government noticed a rise in demand for…

India Must Focus On Stopping Drug-Resistant TB Transmission, Involve All Sectors In Ending TB

Huffington Post India: Understanding India’s Evolving Tuberculosis Challenge Nerges Mistry, trustee and joint director of the Foundation for Medical Research “…Given its dangerous implications, curbing transmission-generated drug-resistant TB in India is the need of the hour. This is only possible if every suspected patient undergoes drug susceptibility testing during their…

China Approves New Polio Vaccine, As Beijing Pushes To Lead Innovative Drug Market

Reuters: China approves new polio vaccine, shows innovative muscle “China has approved a new polio vaccine, the first of its kind to be produced in the country, a month after local authorities gave the green light for a home-grown Ebola vaccine amid Beijing’s push to become a world leader in…

India Rejects Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug Patent Request; Decision Will Allow Local Companies To Make Generic Versions

Financial Times: India spurns Gilead over hepatitis C patent “India’s patent controller has rejected a patent application from Gilead Sciences for a key compound for its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, a refusal that activists said would allow Indian companies immediately to start producing cheap generic versions of the medicine…”…