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USAID-Supported HIV Prevention Trial Produces Disappointing Results, But Leads To Learning, Redoubled Efforts

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: How Progress Works: A Disappointing Microbicides Trial and Why We’re Not Discouraged David Stanton, director of USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, discusses “results released from a large USAID-supported trial [which] indicate that an antiretroviral-based vaginal gel may not be effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection in women…

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Covers Clinical Research Presented At Conference On Retroviruses And Opportunistic Infections

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: CROI 2015: Study shows “Near elimination of HIV transmission” in a demonstration of PrEP as a bridge to treatment “Science Speaks is covering the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, Washington, this week, from February 23-26, with breaking news on…

Ebola-Hit Nations Push For Trials Testing Survivor Blood Transfusions As Treatment

Al Jazeera America: Blood transfusions show early promise as possible Ebola cure “…At a meeting held by the World Health Organization on Sept. 5, representatives from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia pushed for tests on whole blood and blood plasma. ‘The countries really liked the blood option more than the…

Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise In Treating Early Infection, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Limited promise in early results from Ebola drug trial “Early results from an Ebola trial using the experimental drug Avigan (favipiravir) showed it was somewhat effective at saving lives if given early in the illness, but not later…” (2/23). Reuters: Ebola drug in Guinea helps some, stirs debate…

Quality Of Dietary Habits Declining Worldwide, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study in The Lancet Global Health and a Lancet series on obesity published last week. New York Times: Food Habits Getting Worse Around the World “People in some poor and middle-income countries have healthier diets than those in rich ones, but major Western snack and…

New York Times ‘Room For Debate’ Features Several Opinion Pieces Examining Use Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Eliminate Dengue

New York Times: Room for Debate: Can Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Eliminate Dengue Fever? Multiple authors “Dengue fever has become pandemic, its range expanding even to places like the Florida Keys where it hadn’t existed. One solution proposed in Florida and tried elsewhere, is to kill the mosquitoes that spread the…

Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria More Widespread In Asia Than Previously Thought, Research Shows

News outlets discuss a study and commentary regarding the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Asia published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria parasite spreading “Parasites resistant to the frontline malaria drug have spread westward from southeast Asia to just short of the Indian border — a gateway…

Yaws Can Be Eradicated By 2020 With Sufficient Funding, Political Will, Researchers Say

Reuters: Diseases affecting the poorest can be eliminated, scientists say “It is a little known disease but it could make medical history if scientists’ predictions are correct: yaws could completely disappear by 2020, given the right resources. … It should be easy to eradicate, because scientists have found that a…