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Researchers Describe Case Of British Man Who Excreted Live Poliovirus For 28 Years, Implications For Disease Eradication

News outlets report on a paper published in PLOS Pathogens that discusses the case of a British man who has excreted live poliovirus for nearly three decades and the implications for the disease’s global eradication. BBC News: Polio: Vaccinated man ‘has spread polio,’ say British scientists “A British man who…

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Cooperation, Partnership Essential To Preparing For, Responding To Disease Outbreaks Like Ebola

The Lancet: An Ebola vaccine: first results and promising opportunities Editorial Board “[On August 3,] The Lancet publishe[d] the first results from a phase 3 cluster randomized trial of a novel Ebola virus vaccine. The study, sponsored and led by WHO, is a remarkable scientific and logistical achievement. … [I]f…

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Global Life Expectancy Rising But People Living Longer With More Illness, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published in The Lancet showing global life expectancy is rising but people suffer more disability and illness. Deutsche Welle: Study: Global life expectancy rises “…Theo Vos, a professor at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington who led the…

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Study Calls For Integration Of Anti-Smoking Strategies Into TB, HIV Care

VOA News: Study: Anti-smoking Strategies Critical to TB and HIV Care “…The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease released a report recently arguing that second-hand smoke must be addressed in the treatment of patients with TB and HIV. The research identifies a critical missed opportunity in TB and HIV…

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Single Dose Of Cholera Vaccine Might Be Nearly As Effective As 2 Doses In Halting Outbreaks, Study Shows

VOA News: Single Cholera Vaccine Dose May Slow Cholera Epidemics “When it comes to a vaccine to prevent cholera, one dose may be as good as two. That is the finding of a new study whose authors say the strategy would make a new vaccine that is in short supply…

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DW Profiles German Biotech CureVac’s Work To Develop Vaccines, Funding From Philanthropic Investors

Deutsche Welle: Cash injection spurs vaccination hopes “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has invested tens of millions in German biotech firm CureVac. The cash injection will help the company continue working on developing effective vaccines for diseases, including Ebola, HIV, and tuberculosis…” (Meyer, 8/25).

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Unsafe Drug Injections Associated With Higher HIV Rates Among Malaysian Fishermen, Study Shows

SciDev.Net: Drug culture behind HIV wave engulfing Malaysian fishermen “…HIV infection rates in fishing communities in Africa and Asia are four to 14 times higher than those of the general population. While past studies associated this high prevalence with risky sexual behavior among fishermen, a paper published in the journal…

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Silicone Bracelets Help Remind Parents Of Childhood Vaccination Schedules

New York Times: Vaccinations Bring Hope, Bracelets Deliver Reminders “…[V]accine schedules are increasingly complex, and young mothers often forget to take children in for shots on time. … [The company] Alma Sana makes flexible silicon bracelets [… that] fit around a newborn’s ankle, and serve as tiny calendars…” (McNeil, 8/22).

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TPP Could Decrease Availability Of Generic Medicines To Patients Worldwide

JAMA: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and Implications for Access to Essential Medicines Jing Luo and Aaron S. Kesselheim of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School “…[I]n its current form, the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] could lower the bar for the patenting of pharmaceutical innovations…

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Global Health Officials To Study Post-Ebola Symptoms Among Survivors

Washington Post: With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation “Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are and how to remedy them. The World Health Organization calls it an emergency within…

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