Monthly Archives: June 2017

With a budget on the table that leaves science and lives around the world vulnerable, we’re reading about impacts and a better way

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Fund global health: Save lives and money – Comparing the costs of emergency responses to Zika and Ebola to the relatively miniscule, roughly $70 million budget of the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, this letter from physician researchers — at Yale University, in Liberia, in Florida, and in Maryland argues against the Trump […]

Survey found pregnant women in Puerto Rico concerned about spread of Zika, took some, but not consistent or comprehensive precautions

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By August 2016 the connection between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and severe debilitating neurological birth defects among infants had been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention four months earlier, and experts had termed the spread of the virus in Puerto Rico “explosive.” The needs to confront the virus effectively on […]

Bedaquiline effective, safe, manageable across wide range of settings, five-continent data show

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Data on patients treated with one of the two newest tuberculosis medicines in 15 countries across five continents show that the treatment, which represents a last resort for hundreds of thousands of people with drug-resistant strains of disease, can be administered safely in a wide range of settings, and bring greatly improved outcomes compared to […]

Advanced illness at HIV treatment start is dropping in some countries surveyed, still seen in a third of new patients

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The prevalence of advanced HIV among people beginning antiretroviral treatment has declined in eight of 10 resource-constrained countries surveyed, while median immune cell counts went up — indicating less weakened immune systems — in six countries, indicating improved access to testing and treatment, but still, about one third of patients starting treatment during the time […]

We’re reading about climate change policy, global disease funding and international research — and how decisions in Washington hit home, around the world

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Infectious disease collides with changing climate – After two dry years, the rains that flooded the forests and plantations of Brazil’s countrysides unleashed a bumper crop of mosquitos, speeding the spread of the country’s deadliest outbreak of yellow fever on record. Impacts of the outbreak, and the contributions of climate events to an epidemic the […]

Tracking patients raises numbers returning to antiretroviral treatment — but tracking the right patients would be better still

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When community health workers went looking for patients who had started antiretroviral treatment but had stopped showing up for care at 14 clinics across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, 13 percent of those sought returned to treatment. That represented a significant, if still small improvement over the 10 percent who returned for care when no effort […]