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Global Burden Of Melioidosis Greater Than Previously Thought; Disease Must Be Given Higher Priority, Researchers Say

News outlets report on a study published Monday in Nature Microbiology showing the global burden of Burkholderia pseudomallei, a highly pathogenic bacterium that causes melioidosis, is higher than previously believed. Agence France-Presse: Deadly bacteria more prevalent than previously thought: study “…Melioidosis, also known as Whitmore’s disease, has long been known…

Blog Post Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: Ebola treatments, drug-resistant gonorrhea, and zoonotic tuberculosis Kat Kelley, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights recent news in global health research, including findings from studies on Ebola treatments; news that some gonorrhea strains are becoming more drug resistant; and news that the bacteria that…

TB Advocates Raise Questions On R&D Targets, Funding For National Action Plan

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: MDR-TB national action plan raises questions on targets and funding Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, reports on a USAID event launching the White House’s National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis. At the event, Aziz notes…

CDC Director Discusses U.S. Efforts To Respond To MDR-TB In Interview

Huffington Post: CDC Director Calls It ‘Shameful’ This Curable Disease Still Kills Millions “…The Huffington Post spoke with [CDC Director Tom] Frieden on Thursday about how to stem the growing threat of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, or MDR-TB, and what he hopes to see in his lifetime for the fight against a…

Antibiotics Should Be Dispensed ‘Judiciously’ In Health, Agriculture Sectors

Washington Post: Another setback for antibiotics Editorial Board “…The agriculture industry has long defended giving antibiotics to healthy animals to help them grow larger and faster, saying that the practice does not contribute to resistance to antibiotics important to human health. But the latest findings suggest humans and other animals…

Resistance To First-Line Malaria Treatment Detected In Cambodia, Study Shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Malaria treatment fails in Cambodia because of drug resistance: researchers “Malaria-carrying parasites in parts of Cambodia have developed resistance to a major drug used to treat the disease in Southeast Asia, according to research published on Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. The drug piperaquine, used…

Efforts To Address MDR-TB, XDR-TB Require ‘Full-Scale Global Response’

Fox News: CDC Chief Frieden: World must act now to stop drug-resistant TB Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “With a half million new cases each year, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is spreading around the globe. The world must act decisively. There can be no…

USAID Partners With Pharmaceutical Companies Janssen, Cepheid To Address MDR-TB

USAID: Prominent Health Care Companies Partner with USAID to Combat Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced two new partnerships [Thursday] to add resources and cutting-edge technologies to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Janssen, the pharmaceutical arm of Johnson & Johnson, announced a $15-20 million pledge as part…

Nations Respond To Antibiotic Resistance Arising From Use Among Livestock

National Geographic’s “Germination”: Last-Ditch Drug Resistance: China and Europe Respond Maryn McKenna, journalist and author, discusses antibiotic use among agricultural animals, focusing on colistin, “the only antibiotic that works against a growing category of serious infections,” and several nations’ responses to antibiotic resistance arising from use among livestock (1/6).

Drug Resistance Poses Obstacle To Malaria Elimination Goal

Slate: The World Can Eliminate Malaria “…The eradication of malaria is theoretically possible, but the last mile of this race is likely to be the toughest, in large part because of the speed of drug resistance. … Despite the looming challenges, there’s still optimism on the ground…” (Keating, 1/5).