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USAID, Janssen Therapeutics Sign MOU To Support Efforts To Address MDR-TB

IIP Digital: More Nations to Receive Tuberculosis-Fighting Drug “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Janssen Therapeutics December 11 that aims to accelerate progress in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, specifically multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The intent of the MOU is for Janssen to…

Drug-Resistant Malaria Threatens Progress Against Disease In Myanmar, World

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Drug-resistant malaria: the world’s next big health crisis? “…Experts say Myanmar, which has the largest malaria burden in the region, is the next frontier in the spread of resistance to artemisinin. … If the problem spreads beyond the region, history would repeat itself for a third time,…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Antibiotic Resistance, Sanitation In India

New York Times: India and the Post-Antibiotic Era Editorial Board “…In the developing world, unregulated use of [antibiotic] drugs coupled with poor sanitation and health care are fueling the rise of resistant bacteria. In India, these factors have created the perfect breeding ground for so-called super bugs. … The Indian…

Pentagon Joins International Effort To Stop Drug-Resistant Malaria In Mekong Region

Financial Times: Pentagon joins international fight to halt drug-resistant malaria “The U.S. military is throwing its weight behind an international campaign to stop drug-resistant malaria spreading from southeast Asia to Africa and triggering a fresh international health crisis. The Pentagon has joined forces with countries across the Mekong region in…

Antibiotic Resistance Contributing To India’s High Neonatal Mortality

New York Times: ‘Superbugs’ Kill India’s Babies and Pose an Overseas Threat “A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, and among its many victims are tens of thousands of newborns dying because once-miraculous cures no longer work. These infants are born with bacterial infections that…

Vaccine-Resistant Polio Strain Identified As Cause Of 2010 Outbreak In DRC

VOA News: Researchers Identify Vaccine-Resistant Polio Strain “As the world enters the final phase of a global polio eradication effort, French researchers have identified a mutant strain of the virus that is resistant to the polio vaccine. Despite this, an American expert said the war on polio can be won…

Policies Can Spur Robust Antibiotic Development Pipeline

Health Affairs Blog: Addressing The Threat Of Antibiotic Resistance: Policy Solutions To Fix A Broken Pipeline Rachel Zetts, who supports research and advocacy for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ antibiotics and innovation project, and Allan Coukell, Pew’s senior director for drugs and medical devices, examine the antibiotic development pipeline and discuss…

November 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The November 2014 WHO Bulletin includes news and research articles on various topics, as well as editorials on climate change and health, and health in ASEAN nations (November 2014).

Calls For New Global Infectious Diseases Agency Gaining Ground, VOA Reports

VOA News: Does Ebola Reveal WHO Shortfalls? “As the Ebola outbreak rages in three West African countries — and raises fears abroad — some are questioning whether the World Health Organization is being stretched too thin. A proposal for a new global agency to deal strictly with infectious diseases is…