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Insecticide-Treated Flags Could Trap Tsetse Flies Carrying Sleeping Sickness

SciDev.Net: Tiny flags target African tsetse flies “Handkerchief-sized blue flags covered in insecticide could trap and kill tsetse flies, offering a new and cheaper way to help eliminate sleeping sickness from sub-Saharan Africa. … Dotted around disease hotspots, the traps could be a cheap addition to existing efforts to control…

MERS Vaccine Research Progresses As Saudi Arabia Faces Outbreak Ahead Of Hajj

Foreign Policy: As Saudi Arabia Grapples With MERS Outbreak, a Vaccine Is in Sight “Just one month before the beginning of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage of more than two million Muslims to Mecca, an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh has sparked…

Blog Post Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: a rapid diagnostic for three hemorrhagic fevers, a MERS vaccine to be tested in humans, and advances in R&D for HIV treatments Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights recent news in global health research, including the development of a paper-based rapid diagnostic…

More Data Needed On E-Cigarette Usage, Awareness, Potential Harm In LMICs

JAMA: The Global Health Implications of e-Cigarettes Andrew Chang of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Michele Barry, director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health “…Eighty-four percent of the world’s smokers live in [low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)]. … The health effects of [e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine…

Elimination Of Mosquito-Borne Diseases Requires Cross-Sector Collaboration

Global Health NOW: World Mosquito Day Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, executive director of Roll Back Malaria “…As we enter this era of the Sustainable Development Goals, we recognize the need for a multi-sectoral approach to eliminate and control … mosquito-borne diseases. No longer the narrow purview of the medical entomologist, bednet distributor,…

Global Dispatches Podcast Discusses Debate Over Deworming Interventions

Global Dispatches Podcast: The Worm Wars! Global Dispatches host Mark Goldberg speaks to Humanosphere reporter and co-founder of DAWNS Digest Tom Murphy about “‘Worm Wars,’ [which] is shorthand for an ongoing scientific debate about the efficacy of deworming programs; that is, programs supported by governments and non-profits to stop the…

FDA To Add Chagas, Neurocysticercosis To NTD Priority Review List

The Hill: New regs for Thursday: Tropical diseases and student loans “…The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is adding Chagas disease and neurocysticercosis to the list of designated tropical diseases. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the agency gives priority reviews to products that treat tropical diseases…” (Wheeler,…

Nepal Should Implement Widespread Typhoid Vaccination Program

Nature: Tackle Nepal’s typhoid problem now Buddha Basnyat, director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit at Patan Hospital “…[W]ide deployment of a vaccine [for typhoid fever] could be a useful — and lifesaving — measure. As part of the post-earthquake recovery plan, Nepal should kick-start a long-promised vaccination program.…