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NTD Progress Report Shows Numbers Of People Affected By Diseases Down, 1B People Received Treatment, Challenges Remain

Los Angeles Times: Guinea worm, river blindness and elephantiasis are among the world’s neglected tropical diseases. A battle is on to wipe them out “…[T]he combined efforts of governments, nonprofit organizations, academia, and the private sector have helped combat neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, during the last five years, according…

Studies Examine Links Between Zika, Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome

CIDRAP News: Study bolsters Zika-microcephaly link, rules out others “A new Brazilian study adds further evidence to the link between Zika and microcephaly while ruling out for the first time an association between microcephaly and an important insecticide and between the condition and vaccines. In a final report of the…

Pharmaceutical Industry Spending More, Seeing Fewer Returns On R&D, Survey Shows

Financial Times: Pharma industry’s return on R&D investment falls sharply “The world’s 12 biggest drug companies are making a return of just 3.2 percent on their research and development spending this year — down from 10.1 percent in 2010, according to Deloitte’s annual survey of pharma R&D investment. At the…

U.S.-Funded Research Critical To Advancing HIV Treatments, Improving Health

Durham Herald-Sun: A mystery illness, and the importance of research dollars — Dr. Charles van der Horst Charles van der Horst, emeritus professor of medicine at UNC and global health consultant “…[R]esearch conducted by the National Institutes of Health and CDC-funded scientists, many at Duke and UNC, and scientists at…

Blog Post Highlights Collaborative Research Efforts To Address TB

FHI 360’s “Research for Evidence”: Outsmarting TB using research and collaboration Carol Dukes Hamilton, director of scientific affairs at FHI 360, discusses collaborative TB research efforts, writing, “[These] TB research endeavors … highlight the important role coordinated, collaborative research efforts play in generating medical innovations and new evidence. To outsmart…

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