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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Increased Funding For NIH Infectious Diseases Research ‘An Investment In Our Health And Our Future’

Seattle Times: Fund the National Institutes of Health to fight infectious diseases Alan Aderem, president and director of Seattle BioMed “…Disease research is some of the most critical and challenging work of the 21st century. Increased funding to the NIH is the single most important component to discovering new vaccines,…

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Ebola Treatments Would Qualify For FDA Priority Review Under Bill Passed By Senate Committee

The Hill: Senate panel passes measure to speed up approval of Ebola drugs “The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved a measure Wednesday designed to speed the approval of Ebola drugs. The bill (S 2917) would make Ebola treatments eligible for priority review vouchers at the Food…

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Gilead Purchases FDA Priority Review Voucher For $125M

NPR: Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million “…In an auction, Gilead Sciences, a maker of HIV and hepatitis medicines, just bought a coupon good for the accelerated review of a drug of the company’s choice from Knight Therapeutics, a Canadian company. The priority review voucher entitles…

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U.S. Should Improve Hospital Preparedness For Ebola, Create PPPs To Spur Treatment, Vaccine Development

Roll Call: Fighting Ebola Requires Better Planning Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) “…[W]hile it is clear the U.S. health care system ultimately rose to the challenge of caring for multiple Ebola patients, the grave mistakes made in Texas should serve as a wake-up call. We must ensure…

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WHO Initiatives Aim To Stimulate Innovation In Effort To Develop Rapid Ebola Tests

Media sources report on the WHO’s launch of two initiatives that aim to develop more rapid and safe Ebola diagnostic tests, which the agency says are urgently needed in West Africa. Reuters: WHO seeks swifter Ebola test to help stamp out epidemic “The World Health Organization is seeking faster and cheaper tests…

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Gates Foundation Pledges $5.7M Toward Ebola Treatment Trials

News outlets report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s pledge of $5.7 million to test experimental Ebola treatments in West Africa. BBC News: Ebola outbreak: $5.7m pledged for blood plasma trials “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $5.7m towards a program to increase production of experimental Ebola…

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‘Science Speaks’ Discusses Findings Of PROMISE Study On PMTCT

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission: Study underscores WHO B+ guidelines Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses findings released Monday from the PROMISE (Promoting Maternal-Infant Survival Everywhere) study examining the prevention of…

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Opinion Pieces Examine U.S., Global Ebola Efforts, Ability To Respond To Future Epidemics

Project Syndicate: Ebola and Beyond Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University “…The West African Ebola epidemic should inspire a course correction on international health policy, reinforcing the need for rapid-response tools and strong health care infrastructure. Establishing frameworks to provide scalable, sustainable funding to achieve these…

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Complications From Preterm Births Leading Cause Of Death Among Children Under Five, Study Shows

News outlets report on a recent study showing complications from preterm birth are the leading cause of mortality among young children worldwide. The Guardian: Complications from preterm births now the main killer of under-fives “Complications associated with preterm births have become the leading single killer of children under five, outpacing…

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Few Promising Ebola Drugs In Development, WHO Says; Canada Begins Domestic Trial Of Test Vaccine

News outlets report on various aspects of Ebola vaccine and treatment development. Agence France-Presse: Very few drugs, trial sites in search for Ebola cure: WHO (Larson, 11/14). Associated Press: WHO sees few promising Ebola drugs in pipeline (11/14). Bloomberg News: Ebola Vaccine Challenge: Motorbikes and Kerosene Fridges (Kitamura, 11/16). The…

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