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Obama Administration To Shift $81M From Various Government Programs To Fund Zika Vaccine Research

ABC News: Feds Use Funds for Medicaid, Children’s Services to Avoid Delaying Zika Vaccine Research “Federal health officials have been forced to take $81 million in funds from various government programs, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Administration for Children and Families, in order to avoid…

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USAID Announces First-Round Winners In Combating Zika Grand Challenge

Science Speaks: From a human-scented mosquito trap to rapid diagnostics, USAID funds research and development against Zika “A research center in Tanzania will develop inexpensive sandals treated to ward off mosquito bites. Investigators at Johns Hopkins will create a human-scented trap to lure mosquitoes. In Sao Paolo, Brazil, inventors will…

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Hypertension Prevalence Higher In Low-, Middle-Income Countries Than In High-Income Nations, Study Shows

Washington Post: Hypertension is now more common in poor and middle-income countries than rich ones “Middle- and lower-income countries now have a higher rate of hypertension than high-income countries. Worldwide, the prevalence of hypertension is at a record high, according to a new study in the journal Circulation. From 2000…

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Zika Possibly Linked To Birth Disorders Other Than Microcephaly, Small Study Suggests

The Guardian: Zika virus could be linked with ‘whole spectrum’ of disorders “A study by scientists in Brazil that suggests a possible link between the Zika virus and rare, but severe, joint deformities in babies has led experts to warn that the virus could be linked to a host of…

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WHO To Convene Expert Review Group To Examine Links Between Hormonal Contraceptive Methods, Risk Of HIV Infection Among Women

WHO: Hormonal contraception and the risk of HIV acquisition in women “The World Health Organization will convene an expert review group later in 2016 to examine the links between the use of various hormonal contraceptive methods and women’s risk of HIV acquisition. The expert review group will assess whether current…

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HHS Secretary Burwell Warns Of Dwindling Zika Funds In Letter To Congress

The Hill: Health chief warns Congress: Zika funds quickly running out “Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is warning that administration funds to fight the Zika virus are quickly running out. In a letter to congressional Republicans sent Monday, Burwell points to a range of responses that will be…

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The Atlantic Examines Experimental Use Of Wolbachia Bacterium To Control Mosquito Populations

The Atlantic: How to Beat Dengue and Zika: Add a Microbe to Mosquitoes “After 30 years of development, virus-beating insects are finally being deployed in megacities around the world…” (Yong, 8/8).

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NPR Profiles NTD Researcher Peter Hotez As Part Of #NPRWormWeek

NPR: #NPRWormWeek: The Scientist Who’s Waging A War On Worms ” ‘Some diseases have Bono or Angelina Jolie as their champions, but hookworm has only Peter Hotez.’ That’s what scientist and pediatrician Peter Hotez said about himself in a 2010 book, The Imaginations Of Unreasonable Men. So he’s not ……

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Quartz Looks At Vaccine Research, Development Amid Ebola, Zika Epidemics

Quartz: Why it takes so long to develop a vaccine against a new epidemic “…Three [Zika] vaccine candidates have been shown to work successfully in monkeys and one is being tested in a human trial, raising hopes that a vaccine may soon be available on the market. But don’t get…

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NIH Begins First Clinical Trial Of Experimental Zika Vaccine

CNN: Human trials begin for Zika vaccines “The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has injected two human volunteers with an experimental DNA-based Zika vaccine, Director Anthony Fauci announced [Wednesday], a month ahead of its projected schedule for vaccine development…” (LaMotte, 8/3). Reuters: U.S. health researchers test Zika vaccine…

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