Daily Archives: April 2, 2009

Drug Resistant TB a "Powder Keg"

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 The Beijing meeting on drug-resistant TB has gotten off to quite a start.   First came the opening remarks from the World Health Organization’s Director-General, Margaret Chan, who described MDR and XDR TB as “a time bomb or a powder keg.” Said Chan: “Any way you look at it, this is a potentially explosive situation.”   […]

Grants From Gates

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Have a pioneering scientific solution for diarrhea, pneumonia, or TB, but no money to test it out?   Maybe Bill Gates can help. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting grant proposals for the third round of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a $100 million program to help scientists “pursue innovative ideas” to address […]

Victory in Senate Budget Vote, But Fight Not Over

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The Senate unanimously approved an amendment restoring $4 billion to the international affairs budget on Wednesday, an effort led by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind.   The Senate action boosts the international affairs account to $53.8 billion, the level requested by President Barack Obama. It was a major coup for global health […]