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Population Growth In Cities Exacerbates Transmission Of Dengue

“The rapid growth of crowded cities has helped spread and increase the transmission of dengue around the world, health experts said on Tuesday, warning up to 3 billion people were already at risk,” Reuters reports.

Water Shortages Have Impact In Iraq, Yemen

News coverage examines water shortages in Iraq and Yemen: “A water shortage described as the most critical since the earliest days of Iraq’s civilisation is threatening to leave up to 2 million people in the south of the country without electricity and almost as many without drinking water,” the Guardian…

Also In Global Health News: NTD Study; False Cholera Cases In Zimbabwe; Contaminated Water In Kenya; Doctor’s Strike Ends

Study Examines Toll Of Neglected Tropical Diseases On Populations In Sub-Saharan Africa UPI reports on a recent review article in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases that analyzed the toll of neglected tropical diseases on populations in sub-Saharan Africa. “Researchers said helminth (parasitic worm) infections account for approximately 85 percent…

Also In Global Health News: NTD Consortium; Clean Water Access; PEPFAR Lab Donation; River Blindness Elimination; Vaccines In India

European Laboratories Form Consortium To Study Neglected Tropical Diseases A handful of European universities and industries have formed a consortium to “boost drug development for the treatment of two deadly diseases, the African sleeping sickness and Leishmaniasis, which affect millions of people worldwide,” afrol News reports. “This new project combines…

Opinion: Chronic Disease In Africa; Education Can Help Combat Disease; Climate Change And Health; TB Vaccine

More Studies Needed As Africa’s ‘Chronic-Disease Epidemic Looms’ “An epidemic of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, mental illness, cancer, diabetes, and obesity is growing in Africa, a continent still struggling with infectious and nutritional diseases,” according to a Boston Globe opinion piece by Michelle Holmes and Shona Dalal. Although…

Opinion: U.S. Global Health Strategy; Fighting Drought

U.S. Global Health Strategy Should ‘Encompass Holistic Solutions’ As the U.S. “works on a comprehensive global health strategy,” we need to “expand our thinking to encompass holistic solutions that go into improving the health of the world’s poor,” Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority leader and current member of the Millennium…