Tag Archives: NIH

Fauci: HIV imaging yields “significant advance” in vaccine inquiry

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For 15 years scientists have worked to get a clear enough picture of how the protein surrounding the virus that leads to AIDS interacts with antibodies, to guide the development of a vaccine that would instigate an effective immune response. For years, the delicate and complicated structure of that protein has made that difficult, and […]

Global Health Appropriations: New Republicans on House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee bring mixed history on PEPFAR

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The House Appropriations Committee’s State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, with oversight on funding issues involving USAID  and the State Department, has six new members — three Republicans and three Democrats — bringing a mix of experience and stances on global health issues, including on policy, funding, and research. Today Science Speaks looks at the new […]

Lamar Alexander moves up to ranking Republican on Senate HELP Committee, as three new Democrats takes seats

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions deals with issues surrounding most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Pivotal in policies guiding medical research, preventive […]

Guns — or medicine? A doctor’s call, survey responses, and more in a presidential campaign edition of what we’re reading

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A doctor’s call for healthy foreign policy debate: John May, a South Florida corrections physician and founder of Health through Walls, a nonprofit that brings medical system support to prisons in developing countries, wrote this op-ed piece for the local newspaper in the county where the candidates were scheduled to hold their final debate on […]

Study yields clues on HIV strains with “evolutionary advantage” that can guide vaccine development

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While the virus that leads to AIDS has long been recognized to be “sloppy” in its replication, changing over time into divergent strains,  a National Institutes of Health-funded study recently found the virus that a person transmits tends to continue to look like the virus that originally infected that person. The study, significant for the […]

Enhanced NIH Funding Vital For Success in Battle Against AIDS

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If there’s any question about the value of U.S. investments in scientific research on HIV/AIDS, Anthony Fauci probably put it to rest today by noting that in the period since HIV first emerged, “we went from a 26-week lifespan to a 40-year-plus life span” for those infected with the virus. Talk about measureable outcomes. That […]

NIH, PEPFAR Look to Strengthen Medical Education In Africa

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has teamed up with several other US government agencies to launch a new initiative to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa. This new program, called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, is a joint effort by PEPFAR, the CDC, the Department of Defense, and other agencies. It is an effort […]

NIH Funding is "Money Well Spent"

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A new issue brief from The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Treatment Action Group makes a compelling case for increased US investment in NIH research. The issue brief, “A Sound Investment: The Multiplier Effect of AIDS Reserach,” details the broad benefits of AIDS research–not just in advancing HIV treatment but also providing new tools for […]

White House Budget Falls Short on Global HIV & TB

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Although some details are still murky, a first-blush analysis of  Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget doesn’t look good for US efforts to combat the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics. From treatment to prevention, these global health threats could get short-changed under the White House plan. Let’s start with PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. […]

Budget Deal Reached on Global Health Programs and Needle Exchange Ban

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Lawmakers have finalized the fiscal year 2010 budget for foreign assistance, setting funding for key programs to fight global HIV and TB and reaching a landmark deal to revise the needle-exchange ban. The agreement—expected to pass the House before the end of this week and the Senate before the end of next week—includes some modest […]