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Early Treatment Of HIV-Positive Infants Might Allow Later Therapy Interruptions, Study Shows

According to results from the long-running CHER trial published online in The Lancet, HIV-positive “[c]hildren who began an immediate course of [antiretroviral (ARV)] drugs were able to interrupt their treatment, giving them a break from the powerful, potentially toxic drugs,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports (8/21). “‘Breaks’ from HIV treatment could help…

Number Of Child Refugees Fleeing Syria Reaches 1M, U.N. Reports

“The number of children among refugees who have fled Syria’s civil war has reached one million, the United Nations said” Friday, Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Yoon, 8/23). “Roughly half of all the nearly two million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of…

Examining Efforts To Develop Rotavirus Vaccine For Newborns

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Julie Bines, a pediatric gastroenterologist heading the Rotavirus Vaccine Program for RV3 at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), the University of Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospital, reports on efforts to develop a rotavirus vaccine for newborns,…

India’s Food Security Bill Does Not Address Root Challenges Of Malnourished Children

“Despite the unprecedented scale of [India’s National Food Security Bill], it feels stale,” Shailey Hingorani, a Fulbright scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Allison Hutchings, a Boston-based social policy researcher, write in the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog. “It is an amalgamation and continuation of…

USAID’s MCHIP Helping Prevent Maternal Deaths In Rwanda

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) Senior Program Officer Susan Moffson, Jhpiego Country Director for Rwanda Jérémie Zoungrana, and Musoni Pascal of MCHIP Rwanda describe a pilot program aimed at training frontline health workers to recognize and…

End Of Pediatric AIDS Possible With Coordinated Efforts By Governments, Local Communities, Other Partners

“Eliminating new pediatric HIV infections will take coordinated efforts by national governments, local communities, and external partners,” Chip Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “Governments must be equipped to meet the needs of their populations, and the…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. A meta-analysis “implies that the risk of early neonatal infection among women with maternal infections is high and presumably even higher in low-resource settings where most women deliver at home…

GlobalPost Examines GEMS Study, Need To Address 2nd Most Common Parasite Causing Diarrhea

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines the Global Enterics Multi-center Study (GEMS), “the largest and most in-depth research project examining diarrheal disease in the developing world to date.” Published in The Lancet in May, GEMS found that “just four pathogens are responsible for the majority of moderate-to-severe diarrhea cases,” and while the…

New Issue Of ‘Global Health: Science And Practice’ Journal Available Online

The August 2013 issue of the “Global Health: Science and Practice” journal is now available online. The issue includes an editorial about “[m]aking the most of food aid to help prevent child and maternal deaths,” a commentary on “[m]ultiplicity in public health supply systems,” and a technical paper on “mHealth…

MSF Reports On Malaria Prevention Campaign In Niger

“In the weeks before the rainy season begins, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Niger have been working hard to distribute medicine that will prevent malaria, while preparing themselves to deal with possible food crises in some areas of the country,” the humanitarian organization reports in an article on…

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