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Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding TB, Recognize World TB Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding tuberculosis (TB), in recognition of World TB Day. CNN: Diabetes and TB: A growing threat Susan Fisher-Hoch, a professor at the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health and a board member of Stop TB USA “…Today, the biggest risk for tuberculosis…

Small Investments In Cholera Research ‘May Lead To Large Savings’

Huffington Post: In the Time of Cholera Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown Medical School Cholera is “not something in which wealthy governments around the world invest much of their research dollars. … The situation is not completely bleak. New funders, such as the Bill & Melinda…

Blogs Discuss TB In Recognition Of World TB Day

Several blogs recently featured posts recognizing World TB Day, held on March 24 each year. Writing in the AIDS.gov blog, Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund, discusses funding for and the development of new tools to address the HIV/TB co-epidemic (3/24). Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Julia Martin…

Lancet Releases ‘Tuberculosis 2014′ Series

In recognition of World TB Day, The Lancet published Tuberculosis 2014, a series featuring papers from The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Respiratory Medicine “discussing topics ranging from host-directed therapies and vaccines, extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, and new anti-tuberculosis drugs, [and] highlighting not only past successes, but also the challenges…

‘Impatient Optimists’ Blog Publishes TB-Related Posts

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published several posts on tuberculosis in recognition of World TB Day on March 24. In one, Mandy Slutsker, a senior project associate for ACTION, summarizes conversations with “advocates and experts from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia on the challenges…

New Room-Temperature Vaccine Can Be ‘Game-Changer’ In Developing Countries

VOA News: Room-Temperature Vaccine Could Be Boon to Developing Countries “Scientists have developed a revolutionary vaccine that does not require refrigeration or booster shots, making the so-called nanovaccine a potential ‘game-changer’ in curbing disease in the developing world…” (Berman, 3/19).

Antiviral Drug ‘Tamiflu’ Found To Be Effective Against H1N1, Study Reports

News outlets report on a new study that finds the antiviral drug Tamiflu to be effective against H1N1 flu. Reuters: Roche-backed study finds Tamiflu saved lives in flu pandemic “Using Roche’s medicine Tamiflu saved lives during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic four years ago, according to a new scientific study…

New Dollar-A-Dose Rotavirus Vaccine Attains Clinical Success In India

Stanford Medicine’s “Scope” blog discusses results of a study recently published in The Lancet on the efficacy of a rotavirus vaccine in India. The vaccine was spearheaded by an Indian biotechnology company, Bharat Biotech, and “has leaped the safety and efficacy thresholds of a late-stage clinical trial, in which more…

Notre Dame Receives $23M From Gates For Malaria, Dengue Research

News outlets report on the $23 million award that Notre Dame received from the Gates Foundation for research on malaria and dengue fever prevention. Reuters: Gates Foundation awards Notre Dame $23 million for malaria, dengue studies “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $23 million for research being led…

Blog Summarizes CROI Symposium, Recent Articles

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” reports on a symposium that took place at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which “showed how existing information, including from Demographic and Health Surveys, combined with sentinel surveillance from more limited populations, can gather critical information on the…