“Scientists have found a way to track minutely-differing strains of the ‘superbug’ MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] as they spread between people and across the globe, a finding that could aid efforts to control the deadly bacteria,” Reuters/ABC News reports (Kelland, 1/21).
The first genetic map of the plant Artemisia annua, which could “help scientists develop the species into a high-yielding crop” to fight malaria, was published in a study in the journal Science on Thursday, Reuters reports (Kelland, 1/14).
The emergence of drug-resistant strains of HIV could one day threaten efforts to control the global HIV pandemic, according to a study published online Thursday in the journal Science, HealthDay News/U.S. News & World Report reports. The researchers based their findings on “a mathematical model that tracks the transmission of multiple strains of HIV” in San Francisco, the news service writes (1/14).
The Atlantic examines the emergence of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis around the world, with a look at the situation in South Africa. “[T]he resurgence of tuberculosis is not limited to South Africa. India and China have the largest numbers of tuberculosis cases, and multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been found in nearly every country, with XDR [extensively drug resistant]-TB in at least 57 countries,” according to the article.
Reuters examines efforts to control tuberculosis in China, which has the “world’s second largest tuberculosis burden after India.” The news service writes, “China has 4.5 million TB cases currently; and each year 1.4 million people fall ill with the disease. TB killed 160,000 people in China in 2008, according to the World Health Organization.”
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U.S. H1N1 Response Highlights Need For Improvements “[D]espite the tireless efforts of public health and health-care workers, America’s experience with H1N1 shows that the nation is not prepared to deal with a flu pandemic,” former Democratic Senator Bob Graham and former Republican Senator Jim Talent write in Washington Post opinion…
The Associated Press reports on how the misuse of drugs worldwide has contributed to drug-resistant diseases in a series of articles following a six-month investigation by the news service. The AP examines growing resistance to HIV drugs: “Ten years ago, between 1 percent and 5 percent of HIV patients worldwide…
Lancet Infectious Diseases Piece Highlights Positive Results Of PEPFAR In Mozambique In a Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece, a group of “PEPFAR-implementing partners” in Mozambique counter a previous piece published in the journal that says there is “abuse” of PEPFAR money in the country. The authors contend that…
GlobalPost examines antibiotic resistance and overprescribing in China. The country “has high rates of antibiotic resistance and a health care system that provides strong financial incentives for over-prescribing antibiotics. Now the central government is taking measures to change that. Stockpiling antibiotics at home is a common practice among Chinese households,” GlobalPost writes.
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