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60% Of Child Deaths Occur In 10 Nations In Asia, Africa, According To Lancet Study

Agence France-Presse: Bulk of world’s child deaths in just 10 countries: study “Sixty percent of the 5.9 million children under five who died last year were in just 10 countries in Africa and Asia, an evaluation of global infant health revealed Friday. Pneumonia was the leading killer in five of…

Puerto Rican Women More Likely Than Men To Contract Zika, Study Shows

Reuters: Zika striking women at higher rates than men: U.S. study “Adult women in Puerto Rico were significantly more likely to develop Zika than men, researchers said on Thursday, raising new questions about the potential role of sexual transmission of the virus from males to females. The study, published in…

Polio Vaccination Teams In Afghanistan Helping World Close In On Elimination Goal

Los Angeles Times: This boy could be one of the world’s last victims of polio “…The narrow Sheltan valley [in Afghanistan], a haven for the Taliban and other insurgents along the border with Pakistan, is also one of the world’s last redoubts for the crippling childhood disease. There have been…

Al Jazeera’s ‘Rewind’ Looks At Cholera In Haiti, Accountability For Outbreak

Al Jazeera: Rewind: Haiti in a Time of Cholera “Ten years ago, in November 2006, Al Jazeera English was launched. To mark that anniversary, we’ve created REWIND, which updates some of the channel’s most memorable and award-winning documentaries of the past decade. We find out what happened to some of…

Devex Examines Challenges To Meeting Global Goal To End TB By 2035

Devex: Overcoming challenges to a TB epidemic “The World Health Organization’s 2016 Global Tuberculosis Report found the burden of the disease is greater than previously thought, calling into question ambitious global goals to end the epidemic by 2035. … TB research and development remains severely underfunded, according to the report.…

1 In 50 People In Russia’s 4th-Largest City Living With HIV, Health Official Says

Associated Press: Official: Fourth-largest city in Russia has HIV epidemic “Russian health officials say one in 50 people in the country’s fourth-largest city is carrying [HIV] as Russia struggles to deal with a rapidly rising number of infections. The central Russian city of Yekaterinburg suffers from an HIV epidemic, regional…

Better Access To Cancer Prevention Education, Screening Needed In Americas, Expert Says

Humanosphere: Cancer prevention in the Americas is ‘social justice’ issue, experts say Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses cancer prevention and treatment challenges in the Americas. She quotes Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, professor in preventive medicine and founder of the Center for Health Equity in the Americas (CenHealth), who urged “education, early screening, and…

First Zika-Linked Microcephaly Cases Reported In Puerto Rico, Vietnam

New York Times: First Baby in Puerto Rico With Zika-Related Microcephaly Born “The first child in Puerto Rico with Zika-related microcephaly has been born, the territory’s secretary of health announced Friday…” (McNeil, 10/28). Reuters: Vietnam reports first microcephaly case likely linked to Zika — government agency “Vietnam’s health ministry on…

New Diagnostic Tools, Expanded Guidelines Needed To Reach More People With Latent TB

The Conversation: New estimate suggests a quarter of the world’s population has latent tuberculosis Pete Dodd, research associate in health economic modeling at the University of Sheffield, and Rein Houben, associate professor in infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine “…In a new paper published…

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