Monthly Archives: July 2016

It’s a small world after all . . . We’re reading about Ebola, Zika, yellow fever and hepatitis

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Why Congress’ Zika impasse could awaken Ebola menace – Remember 2014, when out of the clear blue sky, Ebola broke out across three West Africa countries, crippling their capital cities, going on to take more than 11,300 lives in 6 countries, including the United States before it was controlled? The lessons from that experience left […]

Multi-country survey sheds light on drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment needs

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Findings highlight gaps in available testing, regimens The first survey to assess tuberculosis that does not respond to common treatments across populations in multiple high-disease-burden countries shows a need for better understanding of the dynamics of drug-resistant disease, including through tests that do not yet exist. The survey’s findings, detailed in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, […]

House Health Funding Subcommittee approves bill with increases for NIH and new infectious disease fund to expedite health threat responses

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A bill approved by the House subcommittee appropriating health and human services funding would create a $300 million Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and give the CDC Director immediate access to funds to respond to future infectious disease emergencies. Saying he had discussed the establishment of […]

Research identifies barriers, answers to reaching families with proven measures for preventing mother to child HIV transmission

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Journal supplement examines effectiveness of efforts to protect infants from infection A church-sponsored baby shower draws more mothers to HIV testing and treatment than a clinic offering the same services . . . Home visits with information on family planning double chances that a man in the house will get tested for HIV . . […]

While Ebola funds dwindle, a study to test treatment for persistent virus begins, and a report cites gaps in outbreak response capacities

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The work of controlling, learning from deadliest Ebola outbreak, preparing for future continues, amid uncertain funding for ongoing responses to crisis A study of men who survived Ebola and have continued to show evidence of the virus in their semen will determine the effectiveness of what Dr. Anthony Fauci hopes will be “another weapon in […]