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Sand Fly Discovery Could Lead To Innovative Methods To Fight Leishmaniasis

New York Times: Clues in a Disease Spreader’s Reaction “…According to research recently published in the journal Parasites and Vectors, the Leishmania parasite affords infected sand flies some immunity against bacterial disease. In other words, what humans experience as a pathogenic invader acts as a probiotic protector for flies –…

Blog Post Discusses Increasing Tropical Disease Rates In Venezuela

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency? Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Jennifer Herricks of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University,…

Blog Highlights Progress In Eliminating VL In India

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Working Together to Stop Kala-azar Lance Gordon, director for neglected infectious diseases in the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, discusses progress being made around eliminating visceral leishmaniasis (VL), also known as kala-azar, in India (8/24).

G20 Countries Account For ‘Lion’s Share’ Of NTDs, Expert Says

The Guardian: Wealthier countries home to ‘lion’s share’ of neglected tropical diseases “The international community needs to stop looking at neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as a sub-Saharan African problem and realize that the G20 countries are now home to the ‘lion’s share’ of the dangerous, debilitating, yet low-profile illnesses, a…

Malaria Consortium Works To Prevent Dengue’s Spread In Asia

The Guardian: Q&A: over two billion people at risk from dengue “…Malaria Consortium has been carrying out a number of projects in Asia to help reduce the burden of dengue. We spoke to Jeffrey Hii, the senior vector control specialist for Malaria Consortium in Asia, to find out more…” (8/20).

Worms Contribute To Malnutrition, PLOS Article Shows

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect”: The Role of Worms in Malnutrition Deborah Elson, communications officer for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses an article published in PLOS NTDs that shows how worms are linked to neglected tropical disease burden and malnutrition (8/18).

Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Lack Drugs, Vaccines

San Francisco Chronicle: Ebola isn’t only tropical disease with no drug “As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak exceeds 1,000, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies are rushing to create the first-ever drug for the illness. But it is not the only tropical, infectious disease that lacks a drug…” (Lee,…

American Global Health Efforts ‘Worth Celebrating’

Roll Call: Something to Celebrate: America’s Lifesaving Work Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS “Dire headlines from around the globe and polls showing a record-breaking plunge in the public’s confidence in our Supreme Court, Congress and the office of the president may make the average American want to throw up their…

PLOS NTDs Examines Challenges Around Acute Chagas Disease

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Acute Chagas Disease: New Global Challenges for an Old Neglected Disease Daniela Andrade and Walderez Dutra of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais in Brazil, and Kenneth Gollob of the National Institute for Science and Technology in Tropical Diseases, discuss the global…

Chagas Disease Gains Traction Among Immigrants In U.S.

The Atlantic: Northern Virginia: ‘Ground Zero’ for Kissing Bug Disease “…The number of people with Chagas disease just outside the nation’s capital is small — about two dozen cases, according to interviews with local physicians — but doctors and experts say they wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers were higher.…