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Lessons and Challenges for Developing and Delivering HIV Programs for Sex Workers

Today sees the addition of an important paper to the PLOS Collection Focus on Delivery and Scale: Achieving HIV Impact with Sex Workers; published in PLOS Medicine, David Wilson of World Bank looks at lessons learnt and challenges for developing and … Continue reading » The post Lessons and Challenges for Developing and Delivering HIV Programs for Sex Workers appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Advocating for Equitable Access to Global Health Internship Opportunities

Kaleem Hawa, Oluwaseyi Owaseye, Tara Kedia, and Ashton Barnett-Vanes comment on unequal access to global health career training opportunities and announce a fundraising campaign to help support internships at WHO Headquarters for young health professionals from low and middle income countries. Global health is … Continue reading » The post Advocating for Equitable Access to Global Health Internship Opportunities appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Nepal after the recent earthquakes: reconstruction and vaccine-preventable enteric diseases

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquakes, PLOS Medicine Consulting Editor Lorenz von Seidlein visited Nepal to assess outbreak risks. Lorenz travelled with Anuj Bhattachan, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Korea and guidance from Deepak C. Bajracharya and Shyam Raj Upreti  … Continue reading » The post Nepal after the recent earthquakes: reconstruction and vaccine-preventable enteric diseases appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Malaria and Epstein-Barr Virus: A Lethal Combination

A recent study in PLOS Pathogens investigates how Epstein-Barr virus and malaria co-infection may create a lethal combination if the timing is right. Epstein-Barr virus and malaria are two infections that can each be controlled on their own, but a new study in … Continue reading » The post Malaria and Epstein-Barr Virus: A Lethal Combination appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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MSF Scientific Day 2015: a conference without borders

Sarah Venis, Research Coordinator at Médecins Sans Frontières, highlights the topics at the 2015 MSF Scientific Day, May 7th and 8th in London and New Delhi. At the time of writing, the West Africa Ebola epidemic at last appears to be under control, … Continue reading » The post MSF Scientific Day 2015: a conference without borders appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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World Malaria Day 2015: A Conversation between Allan Schapira and Lorenz von Seidlein

On World Malaria Day 2015, Allan Schapira and Lorenz von Seidlein discussed the accomplishments and challenges of the fight against malaria. Lorenz: Is there much to celebrate on World Malaria Day 2015? Allan: Well, in 2000 we estimated there were … Continue reading »The post World Malaria Day 2015: A Conversation between Allan Schapira and Lorenz von Seidlein appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Drugs for Malaria: Need to Overcome Resistance to Artemisinins and Eliminate All Stages of…

In their second post honoring World Malaria Day, Kasturi Haldar, Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Pathogens, and Margaret Phillips comment on the challenges for drug development and the path to malaria control, elimination and eradication. For additional analysis, see their first linked … Continue reading »The post Drugs for Malaria: Need to Overcome Resistance to Artemisinins and Eliminate All Stages of Parasites in a Wide Range of Transmission and Disease Settings appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Malaria: Targets and Drugs for All Stages

This is an update of the Malaria: Targets and Drugs for All Stages Collection, which was originally published on April 25, 2013. Articles published by an expanded number of PLOS journals after the collection’s launch through April 25, 2015 are … Continue reading »The post Malaria: Targets and Drugs for All Stages appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data

PLOS Medicine’s Senior Research Editor, Clare Garvey, recently caught up with Francis Ouellette, the Associate Director of Informatics and Biocomputing at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) to find out about progress in cancer genomics, the issues surrounding the … Continue reading »The post Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other?

Jocalyn Clark (@JocalynClark) describes the challenge of achieving and maintaining basic cleanliness and sanitation in a children’s cancer ward in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A couple of years ago I wrote about a talk Wendy Graham gave at the Maternal Health conference … Continue reading »The post Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Training the Next Generation of Scientists from Disease Endemic Countries Should be a High…

Serap Aksoy, co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on the importance of training young scientists in the Tropical Infectious Disease community. There is a lot of excitement in the NTD community around the “E” words. After the many investments made by … Continue reading »The post Training the Next Generation of Scientists from Disease Endemic Countries Should be a High Priority in Disease Elimination Efforts appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Ready or Not: Here Come the Data

Michael W. Painter of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asks if you are ready for the data explosion in health care, and announces the release of the Foundation’s Data for Health Advisory Committee report. You are aware that your devices … Continue reading »The post Ready or Not: Here Come the Data appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Time for a jumpstart: accelerating access to new and promising DR-TB drugs

On World TB day, Grania Brigden (@TBbrigden) of Médecins Sans Frontières (@MSF) calls for improved global access to MDR-TB drugs. World TB Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made in beating this ancient disease. … Continue reading »The post Time for a jumpstart: accelerating access to new and promising DR-TB drugs appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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The Oral Microbiota Affects More Than Just the Mouth

For World Oral Health Day, Lily Berrin, daughter of a periodontist and dental hygienist, highlights recent PLOS Pathogens content to remind us that oral pathogens do more than just cause cavities. There is more going on behind that smile than … Continue reading »The post The Oral Microbiota Affects More Than Just the Mouth appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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