Category Archives: Research and Development

CDC urges physicians, parents to be on lookout for AFM, a polio-like illness seen predominately in children

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With 2018 data showing highest incidence acute flaccid myelitis since monitoring began, officials say awareness, recognition of rare life threatening condition will be crucial to early intervention As seasonal influenza gathers force this fall, and the spread of COVID-19 remains a central concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday called for readiness to […]

COVID-19: The HIV research advocacy movement offers lessons

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What we have learned from HIV can guide responses to COVID-19 that are innovative, effective and inclusive, and can help end the pandemic faster The following is a guest post by Stacey Hannah of AVAC In biomedical research, there is a “before HIV” era, and the world we live in now. Before HIV, most responses […]

In a decade of global health advances, Science Speaks coverage finds movement toward equity

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This year marks the close of a dynamic decade in global infectious disease research and responses that changed expectations of what humanity can accomplish toward making the world a healthier, safer and more just home for everyone who shares it. From its launch in 2009, Science Speaks has covered some of the most consequential steps […]

DRC Ebola PHEIC continues amid ongoing obstacles while vaccine approval represents “major milestone” for future responses

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While the committee examining the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo emerged today from its 5th meeting with the conclusion that transmissions of the virus there continues to pose a public health emergency of international concern (or PHEIC), news on the vaccine used to control the outbreak represented game-changing developments for the control […]

To eliminate yellow fever outbreaks, tailor vaccine coverage aims to area risks, study says

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While a World Health Organization-led strategy aims to provide 1.4 billion doses of vaccine against yellow fever to achieve 80% vaccination coverage across countries by 2026 where the disease spreads among local populations, the rates of coverage will need to be much higher — as high as 95% in some areas, to eliminate local outbreaks […]

STREAM Trial: Nine-month regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis brings “promising cure rates”

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A randomized, multi-country clinical trial testing a regimen for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis in less than a year against the up to two-year regimen recommended by the World Health Organization in 2011 guidelines, substantiates earlier observed findings showing comparable success rates between the two. The STREAM trial (Standard Treatment Regimen of Anti-Tuberculosis drugs for patients with […]

Vaccinations begin in new Zika prevention trial

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A trial to test the safety of, and immune response prompted by, the latest candidate for a vaccine to protect against Zika virus infection has begun with injections among the first of what is planned to be 28 adult participants. Of the participants, 20 will receive an injection of a live, weakened non-replicating Zika virus created […]

WHO Essential Diagnostics List provides guide to tools needed for global health responses

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Tools to diagnose and monitor HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis, as well as resistance to first-line TB treatment are among the tests included in World Health Organization’s first List of Essential In Vitro Diagnostics, released Tuesday. The list, divided into tests needed in primary health care settings that can include community health centers […]

Report: Develop surveillance, diagnosis, treatments and vaccines to prepare for catastrophic pandemic potential pathogens

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The next disease with the potential to sweep the planet with devastation on a scale of that caused by the influenza pandemic of 1918 is likely also to be caused by a virus. As happened then, the virus will likely be spread by the unavoidable act of breathing, and transmitted by people who don’t feel […]

WHO report on global antibiotic resistance highlights growing threats in the face of surveillance gaps

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Surveillance data from 22 countries show some of the world’s most common and potentially deadly infections gaining  ground globally against the antibiotics used to treat them, while monitoring, coordination and communication gaps hamper efforts to both assess and respond to the scope of the threat, a report released by the World Health Organization Monday shows. […]