Monthly Archives: March 2017

Strategies seek to forge the missing link between patients and diagnoses

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It’s one of weakest links in the health systems where limited resources and long distances separate sick people from the laboratories that could diagnose their ills: For want of a simple affordable system to get patient specimens from one place to another, infectious disease outbreaks and their impacts go undetected, untreated, and uncontrolled. It is a […]

From bird flu to yellow fever, we’re reading about zoonotic disease outbreaks

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Human cases of bird flu are surging, officials concerned of high pandemic potential – Genetic changes in the H7N9 virus are alarming public health officials globally and are causing officials to reexamine their pandemic preparedness. Over 460 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus this winter, representing one third of […]

USAID amends guidelines with first phase of “global gag rule” — just in time for International Women’s Day

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USAID’s celebration of International Women’s Day Wednesday included the release of a statement noting that when women and girls “are empowered to make decisions related to their health, infant deaths decline, nutrition improves, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand and cycles of poverty are broken.” By then, however, the agency’s Standard Provisions for […]

PEPFAR 2017 Report to Congress tells a success story at its halfway point

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From the handful of people — 50,000 — across Africa with access to life-saving treatment for HIV in 2003,  to more than 18 million today, the chronology of U.S. leadership against the pandemic that was filling graveyards, orphaning infants, and decimating the continent’s most productive population, when President George W. Bush signed the legislation creating […]

We’re reading about science and advocacy, in prioritizing TB, HIV, “security,” more

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Open letter to the WHO to put #TBontheList – “WHO: When you make a mistake, fix it,” former CDC head Dr. Tom Frieden tweeted last week, after TB research and response advocates reacted to the World Health Organization’s omission of tuberculosis from its a list of “priority pathogens” demanding urgent research and development efforts. Now […]

Researchers find 20 times the rate of specific neurological birth defects in pregnancies with laboratory-indicated Zika infection than found in surveillance programs prior to Zika’s arrival

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In 2013 and 2014, three programs tracking birth defects — in Massachusetts, North Carolina and metropolitan Atlanta —  recorded 747 infants and fetuses with microcephaly and or other abnormalities of the central nervous system and eyes — about three in every 1,000 births. That was during what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

TB partners, patients ask: How does a bacterium responsible for nearly a third of drug-resistance deaths not make list of R&D priority pathogens?

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Exclusion of tuberculosis from WHO “catalogue of 12 bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health,” threatens development of medicines to treat world’s leading infectious disease killer, health advocates and leaders say While the unveiling of a list highlighting the need to fund drug development against specific pathogens represented just a beginning  for some […]