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Emergency Committee Of International Health Experts Begins Talks On MERS Virus

“International health experts began urgent talks on the Middle East coronavirus (MERS) on Tuesday amid concerns about larger numbers of milder infections possibly going undetected, the [WHO] said,” Reuters reports. “The United Nations agency announced last Friday that it was forming an emergency committee, to convene this week, to prepare…

Research Presented At IAS 2013 Gives Scientists Hope For ‘Functional Cure’

“Two HIV-positive patients in the United States who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer have stopped antiretroviral therapy and still show no detectable sign of the HIV virus, researchers said Wednesday” at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention (IAS 2013) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the…

U.N.-Organized Meeting On Food Security In Africa Held In Addis Ababa

“More than 150 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the farming industry met over the weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to establish partnerships to guarantee food security in Africa during a United Nations-organized meeting,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “We hope that this meeting will help us to… Blog Provides Highlights Of IAS 2013 Conference

The blog provides video interviews with Carl Dieffenbach, director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), who discusses issues covered at the ongoing 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.…

New WHO HIV Treatment Guidelines Could Prevent 3.5M New Infections By 2025

“Doctors could save three million more lives worldwide by 2025 if they offer AIDS drugs to people with HIV much sooner after they test positive for the virus, the [WHO] said on Sunday,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 6/30). “Recent evidence indicates that earlier [antiretroviral therapy (ART)] will help people with HIV…

Blog Examines Absence Of NTDs In G8 Summit Discussions

“[T]he 2013 G8 Summit concluded quietly on Tuesday with the release of the Lough Erne Communiqué [.pdf],” Dano Gunderson, a policy assistant for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, writes in the Global Network’s “End The Neglect” blog. “[D]isappointingly, NTDs were unable to penetrate the G8’s discussions this year,”…