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Politics Will Not Interfere With Health Policy, India’s Health Minister Says

Business Insider: Politics Will Not Come In Way Of Health Policy: Harsh Vardhan “[India's] Health Minister Harsh Vardhan [Thursday] said that politics would not affect the health program and policies of the country. ‘For the health of the nation, the health of government departments needs to be improved. I will…

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Double Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Polio, Study Says

News outlets report on a study’s findings that using two types of polio vaccines could give better protection and speed up efforts to fight polio. Associated Press/The Guardian: Polio double vaccine gives better protection, study finds “For decades, there’s been a tug-of-war between the oral and inactivated polio vaccines over…

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U.K., Wellcome Trust Offer $10.8M For Ebola Research, As Scientists Say 30K Would Need Treatment

News outlets report on treatment and prevention research issues surrounding Ebola. Reuters: U.K. and Wellcome offer $10 million for emergency Ebola research “An emergency research call has been launched to help fight the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with the British government and the Wellcome Trust medical charity…

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Anti-Polio Campaign Faces Challenges As Conflict Escalates In Afghanistan

Reuters: Amid Afghanistan’s escalating war, a battle to beat polio “Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children…” (Mahr/Harooni, 8/21).

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Blocking Malaria Transmission From Human To Mosquito With Vaccine Could Help Eliminate Disease

The Guardian: Humans give malaria to mosquitoes — we need a vaccine to stop this Ashley Birkett, director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative “On Wednesday, the world marks World Mosquito Day to commemorate the 1897 discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross that malaria in people is transmitted to…

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NIH Accelerates Human Clinical Trials Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine

Los Angeles Times: U.S. speeds up human clinical trials for promising Ebola vaccine “Researchers at the National Institutes of Health are accelerating human clinical trials for what scientists hope is a promising new vaccine to combat the deadly Ebola virus…” (Levine, 8/18).

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Agencies Warn About Fake Ebola Cures; News Outlets Discuss Issues Related To Ebola Treatment

News outlets report on the issuance of warnings from the WHO and the U.S. FDA about fake Ebola cures, as well as other issues related to the treatment of Ebola. Guardian: Ebola outbreak: the vaccine and ‘secret serum’ explained “As Nigeria becomes the fourth West African country fighting to contain…

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Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Lack Drugs, Vaccines

San Francisco Chronicle: Ebola isn’t only tropical disease with no drug “As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak exceeds 1,000, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies are rushing to create the first-ever drug for the illness. But it is not the only tropical, infectious disease that lacks a drug…” (Lee,…

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Experimental Chikungunya Vaccine Shows Success In Trials; DoD Funding Will Help Predict Outbreaks

Media outlets examine research toward a chikungunya vaccine. Bloomberg News: Vaccine for Mosquito-Borne Virus Shows Promise in Tests “A novel vaccine developed by U.S. government researchers is showing promise against chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne virus that started spreading this summer in the southern U.S…” (Cortez, 8/14). Reuters: Experimental chikungunya vaccine…

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Companies, Governments Rush To Test Ebola Drugs, Vaccine; U.S. Government Funds Company To Advance Experimental Drug

News outlets report on the activities of drug companies and governments to speed up research and development on Ebola drugs and vaccines, including the U.S. government’s funding of a pharmaceutical company to further development on a particular experimental drug. The Hill: Governments scramble to develop Ebola drugs “Governments and drugmakers…

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