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China Increases Ebola Efforts, Number Of Medical Workers In Sierra Leone

News outlets report on China’s support and commitment to help improve laboratory testing capacity for Ebola in Sierra Leone. Agence France-Presse: China ups its medics in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to 174 “China will send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the…

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Scientists Launch Global Experiment To Eradicate Dengue

Wall Street Journal: A Scientist Launches Global Crusade Against Dengue Fever “Scientists hoping to eliminate dengue fever, a debilitating disease of the tropics that has made its way to parts of the U.S., are launching an extensive eradication experiment in different regions of the world…” (Taylor, 9/15).

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Researchers Say Ebola Fight Will Be Long, Examine Old, Novel Therapies To Treat Patients

News outlets report on scientists’ predictions that it will take at least one year to contain the West African Ebola outbreak, as well as their work to develop treatments from new and old technologies. New York Times: U.S. Scientists See Long Fight Against Ebola “The deadly Ebola outbreak sweeping across…

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Ebola Outbreak Spurs Rise In Search For Treatment, Vaccine, Other Tropical Disease R&D

News outlets report on the search for an effective Ebola treatment. The Economist: Fast-tracking treatments “…The scale of the present [Ebola] outbreak, together with the fear and suffering it is causing, has resulted in a burst of scientific activity to find new treatments and vaccines. Some of these medicines look…

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Sanofi Pasteur Works To End Polio By 2018

SciDev.Net: Is the world on track for polio eradication by 2018? “Polio is a viral disease that, until the 1980s, crippled an estimated 350,000 children every year. … SciDev.Net visited the Mérieux campus in Lyon, France, where the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur works with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to…

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Blog Post Discusses New Coalition To Promote Preterm Birth Research

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: New Coalition Seeks to Boost Preterm Birth Research Eve Lackritz, deputy director of the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), discusses the Global Coalition to Advance Preterm birth Research (GCAPR), “a partnership initiated by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of…

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Special Issue Of Science Magazine Discusses Global Health

Science: Introduction to Special Issue: What works The editors of the September 12 edition of the magazine write, “This special issue of Science focuses on diverse areas where public health can be improved by making better use of the resources we have in our grasp, ranging from tailoring engineering projects…

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Lack Of Funding Hampered Ebola Vaccine Development, NIH Director Says

CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Vaccine Delayed by Lack of Funding, NIH Director Says “An Ebola vaccine could have been available to respond to the current outbreak in West Africa if Congress had kept the National Institutes of Health’s budget growing in the past decade at the same rates as its basic…

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Questions Raised Over Plausibility Of Ebola Being Used As Bioweapon

New York Times: Stabbing With Syringe in Nigeria Raises Concerns of Ebola as Weapon “A federal air marshal was stabbed with a syringe at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday, an incident that is raising concerns about whether the deadly Ebola virus could be harvested from the widespread outbreak…

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Ebola Highlights Necessity To Develop NTD Treatments

Reuters: Ebola highlights slow progress in war on tropical diseases “Some of the world’s most gruesome diseases are finally getting a bit of attention. The worst-ever Ebola outbreak, which has already killed at least 2,296 people in West Africa, has triggered a scramble to develop the first drug or vaccine…

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