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Researchers Identify Potential Link Between Dengue Exposure, Severity Of Zika Infection; Studies Provide Insight Into Possible Vaccine Strategies

The Atlantic: A Surprising Link Between Zika and Dengue “…New research shows that certain dengue antibodies can either neutralize Zika — or help it replicate. The findings, published in two separate papers on Thursday, may be a crucial step toward developing a vaccine for Zika…” (LaFrance, 6/23). Reuters: Previous exposure…

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GAVI Offers Up To $27.5M In Matching Funds To Support Malaria Vaccine Research

Reuters: GAVI alliance offers matched funds for GSK malaria vaccine pilot “The GAVI global vaccine alliance has offered funding of up to $27.5 million for pilot tests of GlaxoSmithKline’s first-generation malaria vaccine, but only if other organizations promise to match that commitment…” (Kelland, 6/23).

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Latin American Women’s Online Requests For Abortion-Inducing Pills Increase Amid Zika Epidemic, Study Shows

The Guardian: Abortion demand soars in countries hit by Zika outbreak, study finds “Demand for abortions has soared among women living in countries hit by the spread of the Zika virus who fear having a baby with severe birth defects, new data show…” (Boseley, 6/23). New York Times: Abortion Pill…

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U.S. Military’s Walter Reed Research Institute Working To Develop Zika Vaccine

Wired: Inside the U.S. Army Lab Racing to Create a Zika Vaccine “…Today, the military maintains one of the biggest, smartest and most robust communicable disease-fighting labs in the country. Before Zika came along, there was Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya, and West Nile. Today [the Walter Reed Army Institute of…

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Southeast Asian Strain Of Drug-Resistant Malaria Has Not Yet Spread Out Of Region, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria strain confined to Asia: scientists “A parasite resistant to the top anti-malaria drug is confined to Southeast Asia and has not yet spread to sub-Saharan Africa as feared, said researchers Wednesday. … An international consortium supported by the World Health Organization conducted the research in 59…

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PAHO Journal Special Issue Highlights Role Medical Regulatory Authorities Play In Global Health

PAHO/WHO: Special issue of PAHO journal spotlights efforts to improve regulation of medicines in the Americas “A special issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with the support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provides the latest scientific…

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NIH Announces Large Study To Follow Pregnant Women In Zika-Affected Countries

Associated Press/PBS NewsHour: NIH launches massive study of pregnant women in Zika-hit regions “Researchers are beginning a study of up to 10,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico, Brazil, and other Zika-hit parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, to better understand the virus’ threat. The U.S. National Institutes of Health…

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First Human Trial Of Experimental Zika Vaccine To Begin In U.S. Soon

CNN: First Zika vaccine to be tested in humans “The first human trial of a Zika vaccine will begin soon, Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday. Inovio, which is based in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and GeneOne Life Science, which is based in Seoul, South Korea, worked together on the vaccine…” (Christensen, 6/20).…

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U.S. Government To Help Fund Technologies Aimed At Detecting, Eliminating Zika, Other Diseases In Blood Supplies

Reuters: U.S. to help fund technology to eliminate Zika in blood supply “The U.S. government said on Monday it has agreed to help fund two pathogen reduction technologies to help reduce the risk of Zika virus and other infections from being transmitted through the blood supply. The Department of Health…

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Starting ART Early May Reduce Risk Of Developing More Serious HIV-Related Infections, WHO-Supported Studies Confirm

WHO: WHO confirms antiretroviral therapy reduces the risk of life-threatening HIV-related infections “Adults and children with HIV who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections, according to new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on 15 June 2016…” (6/20).

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