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U.S., African Union Sign Memorandum To Form African CDC

News outlets report on the signing of a memorandum between the U.S. and the African Union to create a disease control and prevention center in Africa. CIDRAP News: U.S., African agreement formalizes creation of African CDC “Top officials from the United States and the African Union (A.U.) today formalized a…

Scientists To Make Real-Time Genetic Data On Ebola, MERS Freely Available

Reuters: Scientists to share real-time genetic data on deadly MERS, Ebola “Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections…” (Kelland, 4/21).

Researchers At Global Forum Showed Resolve To Develop New, Effective TB Vaccines

Devex: Global partnerships key to eradicating TB Lewis Schrager, vice president of scientific affairs at Aeras “…The fourth Global Forum on TB Vaccines [held in Shanghai in late April] presented both a sense of significant accomplishment in what the TB vaccine development field has learned thus far, and a sobering…

Measles Infection Possibly Weakens Immune System For Several Years; Researchers Urge Vaccination To Protect Children From Other Diseases

News outlets report on a study published in the journal Science showing measles infections can have long-term negative effects on children’s immune systems. Los Angeles Times: Study points to years-long immune system woes from measles “Scientists have known for decades that having measles suppresses kids’ immune systems for several weeks…

U.S. Universities Receive Ranking On Global Health Research

New York Times: University Grades Are Mixed on Research for the Poor “For the second time, American universities have been ranked by how well they do global health research. This time only one — Johns Hopkins — earned a grade as high as A minus. … The rankings are only…

Lottery Ticket Program Leads To Reduction In HIV In Lesotho, Researchers Say

Foreign Policy: Lottery Ticket Approach Leads to Drastic Reduction in HIV Prevalence “Researchers funded by the World Bank arrived at a wildly unorthodox and unexpectedly effective strategy for preventing HIV in the African nation of Lesotho: A lottery program that offered participants an opportunity to win cash on the condition…

FDA Examines Process For Approving Ebola Vaccine In Light Of Waning Outbreak

CQ HealthBeat: FDA Weighs Process for Approving Ebola Vaccine “A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Tuesday tackled difficult questions on the development of a vaccine for the Ebola virus although the outbreak, which has killed more than 11,000 people, has subsided. … While that comes as good news…

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