Monthly Archives: April 2017

Yellow fever, polio reports highlight obstacles to disease prevention, control, eradication

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In areas of where staff, supply and training gaps join with population mobility and political instability to compromise surveillance efforts, control of diseases for which preventive vaccines exist remains elusive A little more than four months after the December 2015 start of an urban outbreak of yellow fever in Angola, the health ministry of the […]

CDC finds Zika-related defects in babies, fetuses of one in 10 women with confirmed Zika infection

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In findings from what officials call the largest systematic tracking of pregnancies among women with laboratory evidence and confirmation of Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data Tuesday showing that one in 10 women with confirmed infection while pregnant had babies or fetuses with birth defects that have been linked to the […]

Original backers of 2004 “Bioshield” legislation say lapse leaves gap in pandemic, biological attack preparedness

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A few weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001 took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, DC and a field in rural Pennsylvania, a photo editor named Bobby Stevens at a South Florida-based supermarket tabloid newspaper was hospitalized with a mysterious illness. It was unfamiliar to local physicians who had little reason […]

Cut funding to health research, services, aid? We’re reading responses . . .

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Scientific Drought, Golden Eggs, and Global Leadership – Why Trump’s NIH Funding Cuts Would Be a Disaster – This New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece unpacks the most significant cut ever proposed by a U.S. president to the National Institutes of Health, and the impacts it would have on American leadership in science, the […]