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Examining Solutions To Distribution Of Substandard Malaria Drugs

Noting the emergence of drug resistance to the “once highly successful malaria treatments chloroquine and sulphadoxine pyrimethamine (SP)” and the resulting need for artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs), Jasson Urbach, director of the South Africa-based Africa Fighting Malaria, in a post in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog, examines “what…

Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS NTDs, PLOS Pathogens

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issues of PLOS NTDs and PLOS Pathogens. In PLOS NTDs, “A. Desiree LaBeaud and Hannah McKeating explore the consequences of declining funding in America for all kinds of research, including [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)],”…

WHO Health Care Hand Hygiene Strategy Works In Hospital Setting, Study Shows

“WHO’s strategy for improving hand hygiene is easy for health care workers to practice, according to a new study published today in Lancet Infectious Diseases,” a WHO press release states, noting, “Practicing good hand hygiene during health care reduces the risk of [health-care associated] infections and the spread of antimicrobial…

IRIN Examines MDR-TB In Myanmar

IRIN examines the issue of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Myanmar, writing, “Inadequate detection and treatment are major obstacles and can result in cases of drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) such as MDR-TB, say health experts.” According to Peter Paul de Groote, Myanmar’s head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), “Drug-resistant TB…

Europe Facing Rising Cost Of Drug-Resistant TB, Study Says

“Europe is facing a multi-billion-euro time bomb of rising costs to control tuberculosis (TB) as drug-resistant forms of the lung disease spread, a pioneering study found,” Reuters reports. “Often thought of as a disease of the past or one restricted to marginalized communities, TB is already inflicting annual direct costs…

Pharmaceutical Industry, International Community Must Place Drug-Resistant TB On Agenda

Writing in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog, Emily Wise, a doctor volunteering with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, an area where drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is endemic, examines the conflict surrounding the treatment of the disease with a drug that can cause depression and suicidal…

Global Health Agencies Must Do More To Combat Drug-Resistant TB In North Korea

“Tuberculosis has long been recognized as one of the biggest public health problems in North Korea, but there is a disturbing new development: much of the TB in North Korea is resistant to regular antibiotics,” K.J. Seung, deputy director for the Partners In Health project in Lesotho and a physician…

Blog Describes Status Of Two Experimental TB Drugs

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on the status of two experimental drugs to treat tuberculosis. “On Friday, the European Medicines Agency issued a statement refusing authorization to market [the experimental drug] delamanid for treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, saying the benefits of delamanid ‘had not been…

Nature Examines ‘Little-Known’ Class Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Nature reports on “a little-known class of antibiotic-resistant bacteria: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CREs),” noting Sally Davies, the United Kingdom’s chief medical officer, “described CREs as a risk as serious as terrorism,” and CDC Director Thomas Frieden has called for an alarm to be sounded over the issue. According to the magazine,…

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