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U.S. Military Considers Resurrecting Dengue Fever Research Program

News outlets report on the possibility that the Walter Reed Army Institute will revive a dengue research program and the ethical issues surrounding the program. VOA News: Dengue Fever Epidemic Neglected Amid Ebola Scare “Scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are considering resurrecting a research program that would…

Financial Times Features Report On Combating Diabetes

Financial Times: Report: Combating Diabetes The newspaper features several articles on different aspects of diabetes, including prevention, treatment, and cure research. “Urbanization, poor diet, and failure to exercise have led to record levels of obesity, fueling a diabetes epidemic…” (11/13).

MSF To Begin Ebola Drug Trials In West Africa Next Month

News outlets report on issues surrounding Ebola drug trials and note Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will begin clinical trials for two Ebola drugs in West Africa beginning in December. Nature: Ethical dilemma for Ebola drug trials (Hayden, 11/11). New York Times: Researchers to Test New Treatments in Countries Hit Hardest…

China Tests Malaria Drug On African Island Nation Of Comoros

CBS News: China tests malaria drug on an entire African nation “Malaria kills more than half a million people every year, and in the Comoros, a tiny island nation off Africa’s east coast, it’s been a constant fear. In some villages here, 90 percent of people carried the disease. But…

Experts Meet At WHO To Discuss Experimental Ebola Drug, Vaccine Testing

NPR: Medical Experts Look For New Ways To Test Ebola Drugs “Medical experts are meeting [Tuesday and Wednesday] at the World Health Organization in Geneva to figure out how to test potential Ebola drugs in Africa. In addition to determining which experimental drugs should be the highest priority, the experts…

House Democrats Urge Leadership To Increase NIH Funding

The Hill: House Dems urge leaders to increase NIH funding “House Democrats on Monday urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to include more funding for the National Institutes of Health in the next government funding bill. In a letter to Boehner and Pelosi, more…

Activists Call For Tripling Of Annual TB Research Spending

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: #CoughUpTheTBMoney: TB activists call for tripling annual spending on TB research “In this guest post, Mike Watson Frick — TB/HIV program officer at Treatment Action Group (TAG) — writes about the state of tuberculosis (TB) research funding and civil society actions that took place at…