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Viral Hepatitis Is A Leading Cause Of Death, Disability Worldwide, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Hepatitis outstrips AIDS, TB as killer: report “Virus-caused hepatitis has become a leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing more people in a year than AIDS, tuberculosis, or malaria, a report said Thursday. Deaths from infection, liver disease, and cancer caused by viral hepatitis increased…

Blog Post Addresses Global Increase In Vector-Borne Neglected Tropical Disease Incidence

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: What’s with these Vector-borne Neglected Tropical Diseases? “Peter Hotez and Serap Aksoy, co-editors in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, contemplate the recent rises in various vector-borne NTDs around the world…” The authors write, “A take-home lesson is that, to understand complicated occurrences such as…

NIH To Fund Study Of Zika Among U.S. Olympic Athletes, Staff

The Hill: NIH to study Zika in Olympic athletes “U.S. researchers are launching a study of hundreds of American Olympic athletes and staffers this summer to learn more about the effects of the Zika virus, which has plagued South America…” (Ferris, 7/5). Reuters: U.S. to fund Zika virus study of…

3 Zika Cases Confirmed In Guinea Bissau; Officials Working To Identify Viral Strain

Associated Press: U.N. health agency confirms 3 Zika cases in Guinea Bissau “The U.N. health agency says it and national authorities are investigating whether three cases of the Zika virus discovered in Guinea Bissau are of the same strain as the one behind outbreaks linked to head and brain abnormalities…

‘Science Speaks’ Discusses Diagnostic Practice Challenges In Resource-Limited Settings

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: ‘Test and treat’ is the ideal — but ‘guess and treat’ is the more common reality Rabita Aziz, staff writer for “Science Speaks” and policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the diagnostic practices of clinicians in many low-…

Rapid Diagnostics, Shorter Treatment Regimens, Health Care Provider Involvement Critical To Reducing TB Burden In Afghanistan

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: Ending Tuberculosis in Afghanistan: working together towards a common goal Mohammad Razai, a medical doctor and global health researcher, discusses the challenges and progress of TB efforts in Afghanistan, including the need to focus on shorter, less-expensive treatments and rapid diagnostic tests for MDR-TB by involving all…

WHO Team Investigating Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak In Northern South Sudan

The Lancet: WHO investigates mysterious outbreak in South Sudan “A team from WHO’s Regional Office for Africa is investigating a mysterious viral hemorrhagic fever outbreak in northern South Sudan that has killed 10 people. At the same time, national health officials are scrambling to put preventive measures in place based…

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