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Also In Global Health News: Active TB Genetic Marker Found; African Bishops Fight HIV; Polio Eradication; PEPFAR In Dominican Republic

Active TB “Genetic Signature” Found Researchers have identified a “genetic signature” in the blood of active tuberculosis patients in the U.K. and South Africa that could one day lead to a test to predict who among latent carriers might develop the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Reuters reports…

Opinions: Aid To Pakistan; Criteria For Effective Aid

U.S., World Must Mount Better Strategy To Address Flooding In Pakistan A New York Times editorial about the flooding in Pakistan and the global response to it, cautions: “The world, especially the United States, must not blow this one. We worry it already could be doing that.” “Washington is doing…

Reuters Examines Measles Outbreaks In Africa

Reuters reports on how some health experts worry that growing complacency about the threat of measles in Africa is contributing to “some of [the continent’s] largest and most deadly outbreaks in years.” Worldwide, “[a]bout 164,000 people died from measles in 2008, down 78 percent from 733,000 in 2000, according to the Measles Initiative,” Reuters reports, adding that “UNICEF fears the combined effect of decreased political and financial commitment to measles could reverse the gains, resulting in an estimated 1.7 million measles-related deaths globally between 2010 and 2013.”

Concern About Slow Pace Of Aid For Pakistan Mounts As U.N. Secures Additional Funds

U.N. officials and aid groups “expressed alarm on Tuesday that the plight of millions of Pakistanis flooded from their land has yet to strike a sufficiently sympathetic nerve among donors – neither governments nor the general public – with aid trickling in far more slowly than needed,” the New York Times reports.

Washington Times Examines How Millennium Challenge Corporation Deals With Recipient Country Corruption

The Washington Times examines how the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which dispenses U.S. foreign aid “meant to help reduce global poverty by stimulating economic growth,” deals with countries that initially pass screening tests, but are later suspected of corruption. The article looks specifically at Senegal, which is scheduled to receive “$540 million over five years [through MCC] to help farmers increase their productivity by improving the irrigation system and rehabilitating roads to help get products to market.” The story examines several recent questionable expenditures by Senegal’s government, such as the building of a $24 million bronze statue in capital of Dakar.

Sec. Of State Clinton Discusses Global Health Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about President Barack Obama’s $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI) during a speech on Monday at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Reuters’ “Front Row Washington” blog reports (Ashburn, 8/16).

Study Examines Surgical Procedures In Low-Resource Settings

A new study shows “that surgery can be safely performed in areas with minimal resources and little or no sophisticated technology,” the Los Angeles Times’ “Booster Shots” blog reports. The study, published in the Archives of Surgery, examines “almost 20,000 surgical procedures completed in resource-limited areas from 2001 to 2008” by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Roan, 8/16).

Cancer Is World’s Top ‘Economic Killer,’ Report Finds

Cancer, expected to emerge as the leading cause of death worldwide this year, is also the world’s top “economic killer,” according to an American Cancer Society/LIVESTRONG report the group will present during a global cancer conference in China this week, the Associated Press reports.