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Prevention Of Dengue Could Be A Reality, Trials Show

New England Journal of Medicine: Preventing Dengue — Is the Possibility Now a Reality? Stephen Thomas of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research “Dengue is a mosquito-borne flaviviral illness that is endemic in the tropics and subtropics. … Although mortality is relatively lower than that for other tropical infectious…

Malaria Elimination Possible With Ambition, Innovation

The Guardian: Eliminating malaria: how close can we get? James Whiting, executive director of Malaria No More U.K., and Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More U.S. “…Thanks to more than a decade of dramatic progress in reducing cases of and deaths from malaria, such an ambitious goal — to…

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Sam Altman Discuss Technology In Global Health, Development

Wall Street Journal: What Technology Can Do for Health “Sue Desmond-Hellmann runs the $40 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is probably best known for investing in the development of drugs and vaccines to fight widespread diseases such as AIDS and malaria. Sam Altman is the president of Y…

Public-Private Partnerships Can Have ‘Significant Impact’ On Health In Developing Countries

The Hill: Public-private partnerships Harry Leider, chief medical officer for Walgreens “…[A]ccess to care remains a critical challenge both in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in underserved communities where economic, geographic, and cultural barriers often pose significant threats to the overall health of its population. This is why it’s essential…

Devex Series Continues To Examine Ways To Advance Global Health Through #HealthyMeans Campaign

The following opinion pieces are part of Devex’s new #HealthyMeans series examining ideas to advance global health outcomes. Devex: How one social enterprise is packaging quality Faith Muigai, director of clinical operations at Jacaranda Health “The nurse-midwives who work at Jacaranda Health’s two maternity hospitals in Nairobi believe deeply in…

U.S. Officials, European Consortium At Odds Over Ebola Drug Trials Lacking Control Arms

Wall Street Journal: Europeans’ Plan to do Uncontrolled Ebola Trial Draws Fire “A consortium including European universities and medical groups plans to give experimental drugs to West African Ebola patients without assigning some to a placebo group, touching off an intense trans-Atlantic quarrel over what is ethical and effective in…

Two Experimental Ebola Vaccines Move Into Clinical Trials

News outlets report on recent moves to test two different experimental Ebola vaccines. Associated Press: Swiss agency approves trial for Ebola vaccine “…Swissmedic said the trial will be conducted among 120 volunteer participants with support from the U.N. World Health Organization. The experimental vaccine is to be initially administered on…

HIV Presents Specific Challenges In Vaccine Development

Huffington Post: HIV/AIDS Presents an Unprecedented Challenge to Developing a Vaccine Robert Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology “As the world focuses on Ebola, we must not forget that HIV/AIDS presents a far greater challenge in the world of vaccines. … Unlike Ebola, at the heart of the…

U.S. Senators To Introduce Bill Aimed At Speeding Development Of Ebola Drugs

News outlets report that leaders of the U.S. Senate Health Committee are planning on introducing a bill that would offer incentives for companies to develop Ebola treatments and vaccines. Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lamar Alexander to introduce bill to speed development of Ebola treatment “Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will…

Report Says Pakistan Is Largest Obstacle To Global Polio Eradication

Wall Street Journal: Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Efforts Slammed “A global body issued a scathing report Monday on Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate polio, saying the country was the biggest obstacle to the goal of stopping world-wide transmission of the disease by the end of 2014…” (Nauman, 10/27).