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Journals Draw Attention To Global Threat Of Zika Virus In 2016

The Lancet: Zika virus: a new global threat for 2016 Editorial Board “Concerns about the threat posed to global health security by Zika virus are escalating, with new outbreaks reported in Central and South America. … With an estimated 440,000-1,300,000 cases currently in Brazil alone, Zika virus could be following…

USAID Partners With Pharmaceutical Companies Janssen, Cepheid To Address MDR-TB

USAID: Prominent Health Care Companies Partner with USAID to Combat Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced two new partnerships [Thursday] to add resources and cutting-edge technologies to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Janssen, the pharmaceutical arm of Johnson & Johnson, announced a $15-20 million pledge as part…

NEJM Studies Show Promise In Malaria Regimen For Ebola Treatment, Failure Of Survivors’ Blood To Help Patients, Differences In Survival Rates Between Sexes

News outlets report on several articles looking at various Ebola treatment outcomes that were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Agence France-Presse: Shortage of malaria drug points to better tool vs Ebola “…The results of a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine show that…

BRICS Nations Can Prove Important Allies In Ending NTDs By 2020

Devex: BRICS champion the fight to end neglected tropical diseases Mirta Roses Periago, special envoy for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and former director of the Pan American Health Organization “…The BRICS deserve credit for the progress they have made in fighting NTDs at home, and I am…

Middle East Can Play ‘Critical Role’ In Global Health Care Research

Project Syndicate: A Middle East Health Care Revolution Bryan Spielman, executive vice president of Medidata “…With the right policy mix and enough political will, the Middle East could become an important part of the world for health care research. In particular, it has a critical role to play regarding pharmaceutical…

Drug Resistance Poses Obstacle To Malaria Elimination Goal

Slate: The World Can Eliminate Malaria “…The eradication of malaria is theoretically possible, but the last mile of this race is likely to be the toughest, in large part because of the speed of drug resistance. … Despite the looming challenges, there’s still optimism on the ground…” (Keating, 1/5).

Needle-Sharing Among Drug Users Spreading HIV In Philippines’ Cebu City

The Atlantic: The City at the Heart of the Philippines’s HIV Epidemic “…In 2014, the Cebu HIV/AIDS Registry reported that 74 percent of the city’s 1,366 recorded HIV infections were due to needle-sharing. The [Department of Health] estimates that more than 50 percent of the roughly 6,000 intravenous-drug users in…

Guinea Worm Infections Among Dogs Could Foil Eradication Efforts, Researchers Say

Nature: Dogs Thwart Effort to Eradicate Guinea Worm “…Researchers and officials strongly suspect that dogs are spreading [Guinea worm] to humans; now the race is on to understand how this might happen, as well as how dogs acquire the infection in the first place. The World Health Organization is unlikely…

Health Officials Raise Alarms Over Zika, Dengue Outbreaks In Brazil

Wall Street Journal: Brazil Grapples With Spread of Zika Virus and Dengue Fever “…International health officials say Brazil’s Zika outbreak is the largest so far in the world, although exact figures aren’t available because not everyone who contracts Zika obtains medical care. … Meanwhile, Brazil’s dengue outbreak has reached epidemic…

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