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Study Examines HIV-Positive Patients’ Death Risk At CD4 Counts Above 350

“Having HIV appears to be associated with a greater risk of death, even when the immune system is relatively robust and patients have not started treatment,” according to a study published Friday in the Lancet, MedPage Today reports (Smith, 7/15).

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Early HIV Treatment Reduces Death, Likelihood Of TB, Study Finds

“Early treatment for HIV cuts patients’ risk of death by about 75 percent,” according to a study conducted in Haiti and published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The study also demonstrated that “early antiretroviral treatment reduces the likelihood of tuberculosis, a leading cause of death among HIV patients, by 50 percent,” the news service writes (Aquino, 7/14).

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WHO Releases Guidelines For Countries On How To Attract, Retain Doctors, Health Care Workers To Rural Areas

BMJ News reports on the WHO’s recent release of a set of recommendations for countries on how to attract and retain doctors and other health care workers in rural areas (Zarocostas, 7/14).

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Recent Releases In Global Health

Blog: Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby Speaks About Uganda HIV Treatment  As part of a series in advance of AIDS 2010, the “Science Speaks” blog features an interview with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “about his expectations for the conference, what was behind the Uganda problem with shortages of AIDS medicine, and whether…

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U.N. Needs $5B For Humanitarian Aid This Year, Mid-Year Report Says

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched its mid-year appeal Wednesday, requesting “nearly $5 billion to meet its commitment to help 53 million people in 34 countries who need humanitarian aid this year as a result of conflict and disasters,” the Associated Press reports.

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New HIV Treatment Strategy Could Reduce HIV-Related Deaths By 10M In 15 Years, UNAIDS Says

UNAIDS on Tuesday outlined a new strategy, called “Treatment 2.0,” to simplify the provision of HIV treatment and improve global access to antiretrovirals (ARVs), Reuters reports. The agency says the plan could prevent up to 10 million AIDS-related deaths by 2025 and reduce the number of new HIV infections annually by up to one million, if all people in need receive treatment, according to the news service.

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U.N. Report Released Ahead Of International AIDS Conference: HIV Prevalence Drops Among Young Africans

The number of new HIV infections among young people in Africa is falling in most of the “25 countries hardest hit by the virus,” according to a report released Tuesday by UNAIDS, the Associated Press reports.

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Wall Street Journal Essay Examines Historical Efforts To Control Malaria

In a Wall Street Journal essay, Sonia Shah, the author of an upcoming book on malaria, outlines historical efforts to control malaria – from the Roman Empire through today.

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Manila Bulletin Reports On WHO’s Efforts To Address Migration Of Global Health Workers

The Manilla Bulletin reports on how the WHO is working with countries that have high rates of migrating health workers to maintain and expand the health workforce in areas with the greatest need, expecially low-income rural communities.

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Marking World Population Day, U.N. Points To Relationship Between Population Growth, MDGs

U.N. officials marked World Population Day on Sunday, highlighting the relationship between population trends and the successful implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Xinhua reports.

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