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International Community Should Pool Resources To Address Threats Of Antibiotic Resistance, Infectious Diseases

Project Syndicate: The Global Security Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance Tadataka Yamada, venture partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners “…The global threat of emerging or resistant infections must be viewed first and foremost in [the context of investing in national defense and security], with all countries committed to providing financing, intellectual capital,…

U.N. High-Level Meeting Offers Opportunity For Global Community To Mobilize Around Universal Provision Of Antimicrobials

The Lancet: U.N. High-Level Meeting on antimicrobials — what do we need? Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, and senior research scholar and lecturer at Princeton University, and colleagues “…The [U.N. General Assembly High-Level Meeting of Heads of State] must develop realistic goals, stimulate…

Global Political Leaders Must Take Action To Advance Efforts Against Antimicrobial Resistance

Project Syndicate: Global Cooperation as a Life-and-Death Issue Jim O’Neill, commercial secretary to the U.K. Treasury, honorary professor at Manchester University, visiting research fellow at Bruegel, and chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance “…[I]n May the Review on [antimicrobial resistance (AMR)] that I lead published its strategy for tackling…

Despite Threat Of Drug Resistance, Insecticide-Treated Bednets Still Most Effective Method To Prevent Malaria Transmission

The Conversation: Malaria: should we abandon insecticide-treated bednets? Mafalda Viana, research fellow at the University of Glasgow, and Angela Hughes, laboratory manager/PhD student “…A new study we’ve published in PNAS shows that although [drug] resistant mosquitoes don’t die immediately on contact with insecticide-treated bednets, their risk of death in the…

Clinicians Need Better Understanding Of Drug-Resistant TB To Maximize Treatment Results, Survey Shows

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Multi-country survey sheds light on drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment needs Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses a survey published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases that “shows a need for better understanding of the dynamics of drug-resistant [tuberculosis], including through tests…

Experiences From TB Response In Syria Could Translate To Other Conflict Settings

Devex: 4 lessons learned tackling tuberculosis in Syria Håkan Björkman, manager of UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…[E]xperiences in Syria have highlighted four vital lessons that could help inform efforts to combat TB in other conflict zones: Courage and innovative thinking on the…

Government-Backed Funding Initiatives Help Spur Antibiotic Research

Bloomberg: There’s Big Money Again in Saving Humanity With Antibiotics “…With the planet on the brink of losing its miracle cures for bacterial diseases, research incentives from governments are spurring drugmakers to renew efforts to fight antimicrobial resistance and replenish the arsenal of infection-fighting drugs. Giants such as Roche Holding…

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…

Southeast Asian Strain Of Drug-Resistant Malaria Has Not Yet Spread Out Of Region, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria strain confined to Asia: scientists “A parasite resistant to the top anti-malaria drug is confined to Southeast Asia and has not yet spread to sub-Saharan Africa as feared, said researchers Wednesday. … An international consortium supported by the World Health Organization conducted the research in 59…

Federal Officials Outline Steps To Address Antimicrobial Resistance At Congressional Hearing

CIDRAP News: Feds detail range of steps to limit antibiotic resistance “Federal officials at a congressional hearing this week outlined a range of measures to combat antimicrobial resistance (AR), such as increased laboratory capacity, a national genome sequencing database, and an incubator program to help get new experimental drugs into…

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