In a Wall Street Journal essay, Sonia Shah, the author of an upcoming book on malaria, outlines historical efforts to control malaria â€“ from the Roman Empire through today.
AOL News examines health officials’ concerns about the world-wide spread of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, focusing on the U.S. and Mexico.
Efforts To Contain Drug-Resistant Malaria Near Thai-Cambodian Border Appear To Be Working, Officials Say
A two-year effort aimed at preventing the emergence of drug-resistant malaria near the border between Cambodia and Thailand is showing signs of success, Duong Socheat, head of Cambodia’s National Center for Malaria Control, said on Friday, DPA/Earth Times reports.
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Canadian Prime MinisterÂ Should Use G8 To Press For Global Health Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper “can use the relatively intimate setting of the G8’s Muskoka meeting to press for a renewal of the G8’s commitment to better health for Africans, and help the developed world be truly accountable for its…
Resistance to artemisinin-based malaria medications seems to be spreading beyond western Cambodia, where it was first detected, U.S. global malaria coordinator Timothy Ziemer said during a visit to the region this week for a conference, Agence France-Presse reports.
A Center for Global Development (CGD) report released Tuesday details factors leading to increased drug resistance worldwide, including drug distribution programs in developing countries, Reuters reports. Expanded access to medicines is “clearly desirable,” but it creates “challenges in preserving the efficacy of these drugs and ensuring they are used properly,” the report says, noting that program operators â€“ such as the WHO, foreign government and nonprofit groups â€“ are “not paying enough attention” to the seriousness of drug-resistance, according to the news service.
A study, published Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health, found that poor living and working environments for miners of diamonds and precious metals is significantly fueling the spread of tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa, Reuters reports.
Researchers on Monday at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) in Pittsburgh continued to present data on HIV prevention research, Reuters reports. The news service outlines several prevention methods being researched, including an intravaginal ring that over time releases two antiretrovirals (ARVs) â€“ dapivirine and maraviroc â€“ for up to a month, and a vaginal tablet that time-releases the antiretrovirals dapivirine and DS003 for up to 12 hours. Both methods have yet to reach clinical trials.
Researchers have identified thousands of chemical compounds that could be used to develop new malaria drugs, two studies published in the journal Nature on Wednesday show, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Lancet released on Wednesday a special series on tuberculosis, which includes a series of papers and comments highlighting the need for new tools, the threat posed by drug-resistant strains, results of current control efforts and other issues about TB worldwide, Agence France-Presse reports.