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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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Engaging the Public on Global Health

In the wake of Ebola, Sara Gorman (@saragorm) discusses the need to keep the general public engaged and informed on global health issues. A simple Google AdWords search of Ebola keyword searches in the past twelve months in the U.S. … Continue reading »The post Engaging the Public on Global Health appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Reflecting on the Maternal Health Collections

In celebration of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health collaboration we take a look back through the collections and highlight some of the most influential and interesting articles included in the collections. In November 2011, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and … Continue reading »The post Reflecting on the Maternal Health Collections appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases

Peter Hotez (@PeterHotez), Co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, was named U.S. Science Envoy by the White House and State Department with a focus on vaccine science diplomacy and joint vaccine development with countries in the Middle East and North … Continue reading »The post Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Sweetening their own deal

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (@CSPI), comments on a research article appearing in PLOS Medicine this week that describes the sugar industry’s continuing efforts to subvert public health policies. Forty or … Continue reading »The post Sweetening their own deal appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Open access to anti-Trypanosomatid compounds selected from whole-cell high throughput…

Ana Rodriguez, Deputy Editor of PLOS NTDs, and Julio Alonso Padilla, former visiting fellow at GlaxoSmithKline, announce the disclosure of a large collection of antiparasitic compounds to facilitate research and drug development for Chagas Disease, Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) and … Continue reading »The post Open access to anti-Trypanosomatid compounds selected from whole-cell high throughput screenings appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Chagas Disease: The New Numbers

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Peter Hotez (@PeterHotez), Co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on new WHO estimates of the burden of Chagas disease in Latin America. The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released new estimates on the number of people living with … Continue reading »The post Chagas Disease: The New Numbers appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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“Vaccine Hesitancy”: The PLOS Currents Collection

Peter Hotez (@peterhotez), President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, announces the launch of PLOS Currents Outbreaks collection on Vaccine Hesitancy. Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000 – with elimination defined … Continue reading »The post “Vaccine Hesitancy”: The PLOS Currents Collection appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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What Kills Little Kids?

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Peter Hotez (@PeterHotez), co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs and Jennifer Herricks (@JenHerricks) of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine comment on the recently released global mortality numbers, specifically those for children under five. The Global Burden … Continue reading »The post What Kills Little Kids? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Chlamydia trachomatis –Urgent need for an effective T cell vaccine to combat the silent…

Toni Darville from the University of North Carolina considers the potential for a successful T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia trachomatis accounts for ~100 million genital tract infections in industrialized nations annually, and continues … Continue reading »The post Chlamydia trachomatis –Urgent need for an effective T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of a stealth bacterial pathogen appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves

Seth M. Holmes from University of California Berkeley and Molly Hales from University of California San Francisco and Berkeley review Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us by S. Lochlann Jain. Much as we might want to render cancer an external threat to … Continue reading »The post Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Translating Research into Practice Series: From Inaction to Advocacy: Placing Women and…

Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post written by: By Alicia Ely … Continue reading »

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Translating Research into Practice Series: Emergency Obstetric Referral and Transport in Low-…

Originally featured on the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Blog site, this post is part of the Translating Research into Practice Series which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health Collections describing the impact of their research since publication. Post written by: Dr Julia Hussein, Scientific … Continue reading »The post Translating Research into Practice Series: Emergency Obstetric Referral and Transport in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: the Direction of Travel appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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