Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Vacation time!

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Science Speaks is taking the last two weeks of August off. We’ll be in touch if news breaks. Otherwise, we’ll see you in September  . . . P.S.: For your summer reading pleasure in the meantime, see the  IDSA Global Health/Science Speaks report on AIDS 2016.

Zambia plague outbreak yields lessons learned — again

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When the first children with fevers and swollen neck glands arrived at public health clinics in the Nyimba District of Zambia in March 2015, health workers tested them for malaria. And when results showed the children had the mosquito-borne disease, they were given the standard treatment for that illness and sent home. As more patients […]

From a human-scented mosquito trap to rapid diagnostics, USAID funds research and development against Zika

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Agency picks 21 of 900 ideas from around the world A research center in Tanzania will develop inexpensive sandals treated to ward off mosquito bites. Investigators at Johns Hopkins will create a human-scented trap to lure mosquitoes. In Sao Paolo, Brazil, inventors will make an “intelligent trap” for mosquitoes to improve Zika surveillance. A San […]

In diagnostics, capacity building, coordination and new medicines, we’re reading why preparedness makes all the difference

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Why the world needs an essential diagnostics list – When a  man in Angola’s capital city fell ill and died last December, the four weeks that passed before laboratory testing confirmed the cause gave the current yellow fever outbreak in that country a running start. “Without diagnostics,” as this Forbes piece puts it, “medicine is […]

While “August is the new September” in accelerated Zika vaccine quest, funding gap could slow momentum, Fauci says

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The first of a planned 80 participants was enrolled Tuesday in a trial to test the initial safety and immune-response-prompting potential for a vaccine candidate to protect against Zika virus infection, with hopes to yield results that will lead to further, larger scale testing beginning in January 2017, Dr. Anthony Fauci said today. The Aug. 1 […]

AIDS 2016: Seeds planted at 2000 conference grow infectious disease responses in prisons

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In 2000, when former South Africa President Nelson Mandela spoke at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the former prisoner awakened the world’s conscience. It was not until the AIDS conference returned to Durban this year, however, that health access in prisons took center stage. In the meantime, an effort sparked by a session at that earlier conference introduced […]

A threat to Africa, a threat in the U.S., and how it reached this point . . . We’re catching up on Zika

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Zika virus epidemic: Africa should not be neglected – “It is plausible that Zika virus outbreaks occurred in recent years in Africa and remained unnoticed because of the very low capacities for detection of emergent conditions in most of the continent,” this Lancet piece notes. Now that the virus and its devastating consequences have made […]

AIDS 2016: Partners project demonstrates preventive power of antiretroviral treatment

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When doing the right thing is the best thing, Part 2 DURBAN, South Africa – In another example of what happens when proven HIV interventions are made appropriately available, final results from the Partners Demonstration Project presented here on Wednesday showed access to immediate HIV treatment for a person living with HIV, along with access to […]

AIDS 2016: While drop in medical circumcisions raises concerns, study shows impacts of targeted approaches for the HIV prevention measure

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DURBAN, South Africa – The 11.7 million medical circumcisions delivered to prevent HIV since research in Kenya and Uganda definitively proved the 60 percent protective value of the one time intervention in 2007, will have prevented an estimated 335,000 HIV infections by 2025. “That’s if stopped now,” Julie Samuelson of the World Health Organization said in […]