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Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola

Michelle Mello, Maria Merritt, and Scott Halpern discuss healthcare institutions’ responsibilities to support their employees’ volunteer efforts in Ebola-affected regions. This is a pre-publication version of a manuscript that has been accepted by PLOS Medicine as a Guest Editorial. The … Continue reading »The post Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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How Knowledge Sharing Moves Countries Towards UHC

Stefan Nachuk, Amanda Folsom, and Nathaniel Otoo are members of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN). The JLN provides a forum for countries to learn from one another and work together towards achieving UHC. As the global … Continue reading »The post How Knowledge Sharing Moves Countries Towards UHC appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Ebola Virus Disease: Platform for North-South Collaboration Urgently Needed

Solomon Nwaka and colleagues summarize the outcomes of the September meeting of the Board, and Scientific and Advisory Committee (STAC) of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) on Ebola, and outline the next steps for combating EVD. … Continue reading »The post Ebola Virus Disease: Platform for North-South Collaboration Urgently Needed appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Neglected Tropical Diseases that Kill

According to the latest (November 28) figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 6,000 people have died so far in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with estimates that the … Continue reading »The post Neglected Tropical Diseases that Kill appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Ebola: MSF Should Not Replace Governmental Responsibilities

A version of this was published in Le Temps on 31 October 2014 Thomas Nierle and Bruno Jochum of Médecins Sans Frontières emphasize the responsibility of governments to lead the response to disasters like the Ebola outbreak. MEP Charles Goerens, … Continue reading »The post Ebola: MSF Should Not Replace Governmental Responsibilities appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Push for Better Death Data Bears Fruit: Largest Ever Global Dataset of Individual Deaths…

Jocalyn Clark @jocalynclark comments on the INDEPTH Network’s release of the largest ever dataset of individual deaths in Africa and Southeast Asia, and the importance of equality in health data. Enthusiasts of global health research will have observed various battles … Continue reading »The post Push for Better Death Data Bears Fruit: Largest Ever Global Dataset of Individual Deaths Released appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Does Exposure to Smoking (either passive or active) Lead to Increased Allergies?

Charles Ebikeme interviews Dr. Bahi Takkouche of the University of Santiago de Compostela and reviews his research on smoking and allergies, which was published earlier this year in PLOS Medicine. Dr. Takkouche’s paper is included in the PLOS Clinical Immunology Collection, which … Continue reading »The post Does Exposure to Smoking (either passive or active) Lead to Increased Allergies? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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An Interview with Pascale Cossart

Charles Ebikeme interviews Pascale Cossart of the Institut Pasteur on the occasion of her receipt of the Women in Science Award at FEBS-EMBO 2014. On September 2, Pascale Cossart received the Women in Science Award at the Federation of European … Continue reading »The post An Interview with Pascale Cossart appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Pneumonia Affects People of All Ages: Interview with Carlos J. Orihuela

For World Pneumonia Day 2014, PLOS Pathogens interviews Associate Editor, author, and researcher Carlos J. Orihuela on his recent publication in PLOS Pathogens, Streptococcus pneumoniae Translocates into the Myocardium and Forms Unique Microlesions That Disrupt Cardiac Function, describing how the disease can lead to heart … Continue reading »The post Pneumonia Affects People of All Ages: Interview with Carlos J. Orihuela appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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What Factors Might Have Led to the Emergence of Ebola in West Africa?

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

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What Factors Might Have Led to the Emergence of Ebola in West Africa?

This manuscript has been conditionally accepted by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases for publication prior to formal review. Following a successful outcome of independent peer review, a revised version will be formally published by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and a link to the final … Continue reading »The post What Factors Might Have Led to the Emergence of Ebola in West Africa? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Mind the Deadly gaps

Grania Brigden (@TBBrigden) discusses the urgent need to close the gaps in the TB response. The 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in Barcelona last week opened with the Health Ministers of South Africa and India making bold … Continue reading »The post Mind the Deadly gaps appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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EMA’s Release of Regulatory Data: Possible Fall out for Journals and Research Synthesis

On 2 October the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) published the final version of its policy on prospective release of clinical study reports (CSRs) of trials submitted by sponsors in support of Marketing Authorisation Applications (MAAs). I have summarized its content … Continue reading »The post EMA’s Release of Regulatory Data: Possible Fall out for Journals and Research Synthesis appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Social pathways for Ebola Virus Disease in rural Sierra Leone, and some implications for…

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This manuscript has been conditionally accepted by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases for publication prior to formal review. Following a successful outcome of independent peer review, a revised version will be formally published by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and a link to the final … Continue reading »The post Social pathways for Ebola Virus Disease in rural Sierra Leone, and some implications for containment appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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