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Experimental Dengue Vaccine Shows Positive Results In Study Among Asian Children

News outlets report on a study that finds an experimental dengue vaccine shows promising results in clinical trials. Bloomberg Businessweek: Dengue Vaccine Shows Promise Against 3 Out of 4 Viruses “The most advanced experimental vaccine against dengue protected some children against the disease in a study, though a more effective…

Malaria Parasite Infects Bone Marrow, Researchers Show

VOA News: Researchers Confirm Presence of Malaria Parasite in Bone Marrow “Researchers say they have evidence the malaria parasite lurks in bone marrow, a spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are produced. The discovery offers hope that new treatments can be found to fight the disease, which kills an…

FDA Publishes Guidance For Industry On NTD Drug Development

FDA: Guidance for Industry: Neglected Tropical Diseases of the Developing World: Developing Drugs for Treatment or Prevention “The purpose of this guidance is to assist sponsors in the development of drugs for the treatment or prevention of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) of the developing world. Specifically, this guidance addresses the…

New Data Provide Guidance To Help Health Workers Prevent, Treat Cholera

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Evidently it’s Cholera Season Jocalyn Clark, executive editor at icddr,b in Dhaka, Bangladesh, discusses a Cochrane Collaboration review on the use of antibiotics to treat cholera and a study funded by Médecins sans Frontières that examined the use of the Shanchol cholera vaccine in outbreaks (7/8).

Field Tests For Chagas Disease Show Success In Study

New York Times: New Field Tests May Curb Kissing Bug Disease “Six different rapid diagnostic tests have proved reliable in detecting Chagas disease without having to wait for laboratory confirmation, according to a study by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization…” (McNeil, 7/7).

Gates Foundation Sets Sights On Stopping Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria

Seattle Times: Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight “…With more than $2 billion committed, the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] is the leading private supporter of research into new treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tools, disease mapping, and other weapons to fight malaria. This research should help the foundation…

‘Urgent’ Global Action Needed To Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Financial Times: Keep medicine out of the dark ages “David Cameron has added his voice to increasingly urgent warnings by the world’s public health leaders about the growth of antibiotic resistance. Besides talking about a return to ‘the dark ages of medicine’ if we lose our power to kill microbes,…

U.K. PM Cameron Launches Initiative To Develop New Antibiotics

News outlets discuss the launch of a new initiative by British Prime Minister David Cameron to develop a new generation of antibiotics. Agence France-Presse: Britain launching global superbug fight “Britain is to lead a global effort to combat antibiotic-resistant superbugs that threaten to knock medicine ‘back into the dark ages,’…

House, Senate Appropriations Committees Support Global Health R&D

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: House and Senate support global health R&D in appropriations reports Jenny Howell, senior policy and advocacy associate at the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), discusses House and Senate action on appropriations bills that include funding for global health research and development (7/1).

Countries Look To Innovative Methods To Prevent Mosquito-Borne Diseases

News outlets report on different ways researchers and health officials are trying to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. Bloomberg Businessweek: Mosquitoes With Lethal Genes to Help Brazil Fight Dengue “…Brazil will probably be the first nation to approve large-scale releases of male mosquitoes with a lethal gene that causes their offspring to…