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New Innovations Could Play Role In Reducing Childhood Pneumonia Deaths

Devex: Could smartphones, thermal images, or ultrasound save children from pneumonia? Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…One of the key challenges the global health community faces is quickly and accurately diagnosing children who are at risk for pneumonia death and then rapidly starting…

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Reports Released, Campaign Launched On World Pneumonia Day Highlight Progress, Challenges To Ending Preventable Child Deaths

The following summaries discuss news, data, and campaigns related to World Pneumonia Day, recognized annually on November 12. International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: New Report Highlights Gains In Child Survival, But There’s Still Work To Be Done To Address Leading Killers “The…

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Early Identification, Treatment Of Childhood Pneumonia Essential To Reduce Disease’s Burden, Deaths

The Lancet Global Health: Early identification and treatment of pneumonia: a call to action Karin Kallander of the Malaria Consortium, London EC2A 4LT, and Karolinska Institutet; Deborah H. Burgess of Kimataifa Diagnostics and Devices Consulting; and Shamim A. Qazi of the WHO “On the seventh World Pneumonia Day on Nov.…

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Increased Access To Pneumonia Vaccines, Integrated Health Systems Critical To Childhood Health

Devex: Tackling the world’s deadliest childhood disease Anuradha Gupta, deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…Increasing access to vaccines against childhood killers like pneumonia will increase protection rates in the world’s poorest countries and will, in turn, avert billions of dollars in treatment costs and productivity losses. … Immunization…

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Scientists Take Steps To Learn More About New, Emerging Diseases Such As MERS, Avian Influenza

Reuters: MERS, Ebola, bird flu: Science’s big missed opportunities “…Those [in Europe who agree to participate in a flu clinical trial this year] could be helping the world prepare for the next potentially deadly disease pandemic as well as helping scientists who are now desperate to plug gaps in knowledge…

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Experimental Viral Pneumonia Vaccine Could Save Thousands Of Newborn Lives If Mothers Get Immunized

CNN: A new way to protect babies from pneumonia Keith Klugman, director of the pneumonia team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…Data available to date shows that when a pregnant woman receives a vaccine she can naturally produce antibodies that she then passes on to the baby. Therefore,…

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U.S., Saudi Arabia Officials Discuss MERS Vaccine Development, WHO’s Chan Says

Reuters: World health chief says U.S., Saudi discussing MERS vaccine “The United States and Saudi Arabia may prepare a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to try and head off the next outbreak of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Margaret Chan…

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South Korean MERS Patient Believed To Be Cured Of Virus Rediagnosed, Health Officials Say

Agence France-Presse: Last South Korea MERS patient rediagnosed with virus “A South Korean man believed cured of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been rediagnosed with the deadly virus, health officials said on Tuesday. The diagnosis deals a blow to Seoul’s hopes of being declared free of a disease that…

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Scientists Say Trials Needed To Test Influenza Drugs’ Effectiveness During Potential Outbreaks

Reuters: Scientists call for urgent trials to judge flu drugs for pandemics “Scientists still don’t know if two commonly used flu drugs — Roche’s Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline’s Relenza — really work in seasonal or pandemic flu outbreaks and say robust clinical trials are urgently needed to find out…” (Kelland, 10/7).

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NOVA Next, GroundTruth Project Series Interviews WHO DG Margaret Chan, Examines MERS In Jordan

Next Outbreak, a multimedia collaboration of the GroundTruth Project and NOVA Next in association with WGBH Boston, published two more articles in its series. NOVA Next: Are We Prepared? An Exclusive Interview with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan “…On the heels of the United Nations adopting new global development goals for…

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