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WHO Should Create List Of Essential Diagnostics

Forbes: Why The World Needs An Essential Diagnostics List Lee Schroeder, assistant professor at the University of Michigan; Timothy Amukele, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and Madhukar Pai, director of the McGill Global Health Programs “…A recent NEJM article proposes a simple way to improve access…

NIH Begins First Clinical Trial Of Experimental Zika Vaccine

CNN: Human trials begin for Zika vaccines “The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has injected two human volunteers with an experimental DNA-based Zika vaccine, Director Anthony Fauci announced [Wednesday], a month ahead of its projected schedule for vaccine development…” (LaMotte, 8/3). Reuters: U.S. health researchers test Zika vaccine…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Response To Zika Virus

Wall Street Journal: Zika and the Democrats Editorial Board “The Zika virus is only beginning to hit the U.S. mainland, but its political exploitation is already an epidemic. … The White House that is responsible for public health is trying to blame Congress while ducking its own failures. … [T]he…

GAVI’s INFUSE Workshop Aims To Help Health Startups Expand Projects

The Verge: This Bill Gates-backed fund wants to ‘disrupt’ vaccine delivery in poor countries “…Last week, GAVI took its first steps into the world of health startups, with the launch of its INFUSE workshop — a two-day event held down the street from its Geneva headquarters. Around 60 companies and…

GMO Technology Integral To Studying Disease Threats

The Conversation: GMOs lead the fight against Zika, Ebola, and the next unknown pandemic Jeff Bessen, PhD candidate at Harvard University “…Most modern biomedical advances, especially the vaccines used to eradicate disease and protect against pandemics such as Zika, Ebola, and the flu, rely on the same molecular biology tools…

Novel Antiviral Drugs, Hepatitis B Vaccine Make Elimination Of Chronic Disease Possible, Blog Post Says

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: Perspectives Toward the Elimination of Hepatitis B Guangxiang (George) Luo, professor at the University of Alabama’s Birmingham School of Medicine and the Peking University Health Science Center, “discusses recent advances in antiviral drug development and hepatitis B immunization which hold great promise for achieving the…

International Community Should Pool Resources To Address Threats Of Antibiotic Resistance, Infectious Diseases

Project Syndicate: The Global Security Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance Tadataka Yamada, venture partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners “…The global threat of emerging or resistant infections must be viewed first and foremost in [the context of investing in national defense and security], with all countries committed to providing financing, intellectual capital,…

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