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PATH Introduces Mobile Diagnostic Test For River Blindness

Forbes: Tech’s Next Challenge In Global Health: Tools, Not Apps “…Health apps are growing by the day. But, beyond apps, we need diagnostic tools that are easy, portable, and reliable, according to PATH, the Seattle-based non-profit working on global health challenges. … This month, PATH produced a new tool for…

Polio Outbreak In Pakistan Can Be Controlled In 2015, WHO Official Says

The Guardian: Pakistan polio outbreak ‘will probably be fixed next year,’ says WHO official “…So far this year, 262 cases have been detected in the country, including in Swat, an area that had been free of polio for five years. … But Elias Durry, one of the World Health Organization’s…

Overweight, Obesity Responsible For Nearly 0.5M Cancer Cases In 2012, WHO Reports

Reuters: Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says “…In a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some…

Mali Marks 7 Ebola Deaths As Questions Raised Over Hospital’s Response To Outbreak

News outlets report on Ebola in Mali, where questions are being raised about the nation’s response to two outbreaks after the death of the doctor who treated the country’s second Ebola index patient brings the number of deaths to seven. Associated Press: Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor’s death (Ahmed,…

Ebola Spread In Liberia Has Slowed, But Logistical Challenges Remain

News outlets report on the logistical challenges of diagnosing Ebola patients in Liberia, even as the spread of the disease there has slowed. New York Times: Ebola Spread Has Slowed in Liberia, CDC Says “The international response to West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, coupled with more effective action by local communities, has stopped…

WHO Initiatives Aim To Stimulate Innovation In Effort To Develop Rapid Ebola Tests

Media sources report on the WHO’s launch of two initiatives that aim to develop more rapid and safe Ebola diagnostic tests, which the agency says are urgently needed in West Africa. Reuters: WHO seeks swifter Ebola test to help stamp out epidemic “The World Health Organization is seeking faster and cheaper tests…

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