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New Research On Tsetse Fly Could Help Fight Sleeping Sickness

News outlets report on a study published by Science on the genes of the tsetse fly. Los Angeles Times: Blunting the tsetse fly’s deadly bite “…While Human African trypanosomiasis, or ‘sleeping sickness,’ has been declared a neglected tropical disease endemic to Sub Saharan Africa, new research is raising hopes that…

Researchers Test New Ways To Contain Malaria

On World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, media outlets discuss efforts to control the disease. VOA News: Trial: Malaria Chemoprevention Protects Children “The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, has launched a new malaria prevention campaign in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa…

Gates Foundation Backing Phase III Clinical Trial Of New TB Drug Regimen

News outlets report on the announcement of a Phase III clinical trial for a drug regimen that has the potential to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis. The Guardian: New and better treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis on the horizon “A new trial of a novel drug combination that could dramatically shorten treatment for…

New Drug Regimen Aims To Transform TB Treatment, Improve Health

“The first-ever drug regimen designed to treat both drug-sensitive TB and MDR-TB [multidrug-resistant TB] has reached a critical milestone and will advance to a global Phase III clinical trial — the last, but most important stage of testing before it can be made available,” Mel Spigelman, president and CEO of…

Ebola Virus In West Africa Is New Strain, Study Says

News outlets reference a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting the Ebola virus in West Africa is a new strain. Associated Press: Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain “The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a…

Children Receive Less Effective Diarrhea Care In Private Sub-Saharan African Hospitals

“Children in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from diarrhea are receiving lifesaving treatment at a lower rate when visiting private hospitals as compared to public ones. Closing that gap would save an estimated 20,000 lives each year,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in a post on Humanosphere. Murphy examines the findings…

Clinical Trials Of Hepatitis C Treatments Show Success

News outlets examine recently released clinical trial results of hepatitis C treatments. Financial Times: Drug groups step up race for hepatitis C treatments “Drugmakers are stepping up the race for multibillion-dollar hepatitis C treatments after trial data showed how the disease had become one of the most promising areas of…

U.S.-Funded Research On Ebola Treatments Shows Progress

CQ HealthBeat: U.S.-Funded Ebola Drugs Make Gains in Testing “While global health agencies confront the recent Ebola outbreak in western Africa, researchers funded by federal agencies are gaining ground in efforts to develop medicines to combat the deadly virus…” (Young, 4/11).

Study, Commentary Examine XDR-TB Treatment Outcomes In S. Africa

A post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a study and commentary published last week in The Lancet that evaluated the long-term outcomes of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) patients in South Africa. “…Both the report and commentary call for policymakers and national control programs to…

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