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Discovery Of Chemical Reaction Process Could Lead To New Malaria, TB Treatments Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say that a recent finding could help develop new treatments to fight diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, KWMU reports (LaCapra, 2/15). The researchers “say they’ve discovered an unusual chemical…

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Lancet Comment Examines Interconnectedness Of Global Health, Public Health “Global health and public health are indistinguishable,” according to a Lancet Comment that examines the interconnectedness of the fields. “Yet global health is still often perceived as international aid, technologies, and interventions flowing from the wealthier countries of the global north…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Infectious Diseases Comments Examine Use Of Quinine To Treat Malaria A Lancet Infectious Diseases comment presents an argument for the continued use of quinine monotherapy to treat malaria in Africa. Benefits of the therapy include its known efficacy, known long-term safety, low cost and availability compared to artemisinin-based combination…

Also In Global Health News: Ethiopia Food Aid; Sudan Genocide Charges; MDR-TB Drugs

Ethiopia Appeals For More Food Aid “Ethiopia needs emergency aid to feed 5.2 million people this year, the government said, appealing for 642,983 metric tons of food from foreign donors,” Bloomberg/Businessweek reports, adding that the number of people in need of assistance is higher than last year (McLure, 2/4). The…

G7 Forgives Haiti’s Bilateral Loans To Support Aid Effort

At a press conference on Saturday, “Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he and his G-7 colleagues would forgive bilateral loans extended to poverty-stricken Haiti, which estimates it could have lost 200,000 residents in the major earthquake that hit last month,” Dow Jones Newswires reports. Flaherty also said Haiti’s multilateral debt should be nullified as soon as possible (Thiruvengadam, 2/6).

CQ Examines Concerns Over Obama’s FY2011 Global Health Budget

Congressional Quarterly examines concerns among health advocates and international development experts about what President Obama’s FY 2011 budget request might mean to U.S. commitments to particular diseases abroad, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Experimental Vaccine Reduced TB Rate Among HIV-Positive People In Tanzania, Study Finds

An experimental vaccine was found to reduce the rate of tuberculosis infections in patients living with HIV, “the first time a shot has been shown to reduce cases of the most common AIDS-related cause of death in poor nations,” Bloomberg reports (Bennett, 1/29). Tuberculosis accounts for up to one-third of AIDS deaths worldwide, CBC News reports.

AAAS Meeting Examines Test-And-Treat Model’s Potential For Fighting HIV Spread, TB Co-Infection

Researchers speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting on Saturday discussed how a strategy to promote universal voluntary HIV tests and early antiretroviral treatment for patients living in high-risk areas might “derail the spread of [HIV/]AIDS, a battle where a successful vaccine remains elusive,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. “Called ‘test-and-treat,’ the goal is to catch new [HIV] cases early and administer therapy to reduce the amount of virus in patients’ systems in an effort to prevent them from spreading the illness,” the news service writes.

Global Rules Barring TB Patients From Flying Are Too Stringent, Study Says

A “controversial” study, released on Sunday, “suggests international rules that bar potentially infectious tuberculosis patients from flying are too stringent and airline passengers are really at little risk from catching TB from a fellow traveler,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. The paper is being published in the March edition of Lancet Infectious Diseases (Stobbe, 2/21).

News Outlets Examine Haitian Rebuilding Effort Six Months After Major Quake

“Six months to the day since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake leveled 60% of [Port-Au-Prince’s] buildings and killed 230,000 people, there are few visible signs of improvement,” USA Today reports. “Frustration is high among Haitians and aid groups who say they see halting and haphazard progress toward recovery. The Haitian government – responsible for the cleanup but still reeling after the loss of most of its buildings and many of its workers – and the aid groups blame each other for the lack of progress,” according to the newspaper.

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