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PLOS Viewpoint Pieces Argue Mass Deworming Cost-Effective Investment In Children’s Health

The following PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases viewpoint pieces discuss recent findings on the potential impacts of mass treatment for intestinal worms among children in endemic areas. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Cochrane Reviews on Deworming and the Right to a Healthy, Worm-Free Life Nilanthi de Silva of the Department of Parasitology…

Policies Must Ensure Access To Essential Medicines

The Lancet: Essential medicines are still essential Andy L. Gray, Veronika J. Wirtz, Ellen F. M ‘t Hoen, Michael R. Reich, and Hans V. Hogerzeilemail, all members of the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies “On October 21, WHO published the full report of the 20th Expert Committee on the…

Congressional Panel, Report Examine Role Of Health Innovations In Achieving SDGs

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Accessible global health innovations critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goals Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a recent “congressional panel focused on the role of new vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and devices in achieving Sustainable Development Goals,”…

Malaria Parasite Genotype Contained In Experimental Vaccine Could Impact Efficacy, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examining the relationship between an experimental malaria vaccine’s efficacy and the parasite genotypes it uses. Nature: Parasite mismatch explains mediocre performance of leading malaria vaccine “A malaria vaccine that has disappointed in clinical trials stumbled in…

Drug-Resistant Malaria Can Infect African Mosquitoes, Raising Risk Of Parasite Spreading Out Of Southeast Asia, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria could spread to Africa: study “A drug-resistant malaria parasite from southeast Asia can infect African mosquitoes, said a study Tuesday, boosting fears that a hard-to-cure variant of the disease could reach the world’s most vulnerable continent. … The study was published in the journal Nature Communications…”…

Blog Post Highlights Challenges To, Progress In Vaccine R&D, Access

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: The R&D agenda and how it addresses access to vaccines “In this guest post, Dr. Jayasree K. Iyer — chief scientific officer at the Access to Medicine Foundation — writes about the findings from their newest study, which examines the current state of the vaccine…

Dengue Continues To Spread In Delhi; DW Examines Efforts To Develop Effective Vaccine

Associated Press: Indian capital struggles to control dengue fever outbreak “…[E]fforts to stop mosquitoes from spreading dengue fever in New Delhi have failed to keep the city from its biggest outbreak in almost two decades: more than 10,190 registered cases, including 32 deaths. Experts say it didn’t need to be…

U.S., Saudi Arabia Officials Discuss MERS Vaccine Development, WHO’s Chan Says

Reuters: World health chief says U.S., Saudi discussing MERS vaccine “The United States and Saudi Arabia may prepare a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to try and head off the next outbreak of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Margaret Chan…

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