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How a Tree Helped a Village with Ebola Control

Upon her return from 6 weeks in west Africa working with Partners In Health on the Liberia Ebola response, Farrah Kashfipour reflects on the challenges of responding to an epidemic in a resource-limited setting. The Ebola epidemic continues to ravage west Africa, … Continue reading »The post How a Tree Helped a Village with Ebola Control appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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How will the Ebola epidemic end?

Upon his return from 6 weeks volunteering with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership at a number of Ebola isolation facilities in Freetown, Tom Boyles considers the endgame of the Ebola epidemic. There are encouraging signs of an overall reduction in … Continue reading »The post How will the Ebola epidemic end? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Introducing the Tripod Statement for Reporting Clinical Prediction Models

Gary Collins (@GSCollins) of the the TRIPOD Steering Group introduces the TRIPOD Statement, which provides guidance for reporting clinical prediction models. Clinical predictions are routinely made throughout medicine and at all stages in pathways of health care and are the basis for communicating risk or … Continue reading »The post Introducing the Tripod Statement for Reporting Clinical Prediction Models appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win?

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Bernard Pécoul and Manica Balasegaram discuss whether drug companies have taken advantage of flaws in the FDA Priority Review Voucher program. It sounded like a pure global health success story. A company develops a drug for one of the most neglected … Continue reading »The post FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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One Million Deaths by Parasites

; The end of 2014 saw the release of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013), in which 240 causes of death were studied through a systematic analysis.  Among the important findings were that globally, parasitic diseases caused … Continue reading »The post One Million Deaths by Parasites appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Is Margaret Chan Really to Blame for the Delayed Ebola Response?

Sara Gorman (@saragorm) discusses recent criticism of WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and whether the focus should be on failures in preparation rather than response. A January 6 article in the New York Times suggested that WHO Director-General Margaret Chan’s response to the … Continue reading »The post Is Margaret Chan Really to Blame for the Delayed Ebola Response? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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TDR Reflects on 40 Years

In April of 1974, the 27th session of the World Health Assembly called for the “intensification of activities in tropical disease research” and the “strengthening of research and training activities”, particularly in developing countries. By November of that year, TDR, … Continue reading »The post TDR Reflects on 40 Years appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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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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