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Ebola: a blind outbreak

Grazia Caleo of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK describes her experiences as a medical epidemiologist during the Ebola outbreak in Kailhun, Sierra Leone. In José Saramago’s book, Blindness, he describes an epidemic of an unknown infection that causes people to …The post Ebola: a blind outbreak appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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In Honor of Dr. Elisabetta Ullu

Kasturi Haldar, PLOS Pathogens Editor-in-Chief, reflects on Elisabetta Ullu’s pioneering contributions to the understanding of molecular mechanisms of RNAi in T. brucei. On the eve of 25th anniversary of the premier Molecular Parasitology Meeting (MPM) held at the …The post In Honor of Dr. Elisabetta Ullu appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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When Implementing Universal Health Coverage, Context Matters

As the WHO’s Millennium Development Goals reach their final phase, Sara Gorman reflects on what we have learned about how political, cultural and financial contexts impact the success of universal health coverage systems.  In May of 2013, Margaret Chan affirmed …The post When Implementing Universal Health Coverage, Context Matters appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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When Retroviral Research Goes Viral

The PLOS Pathogens team reflects on their most widely shared article and the benefits and pitfalls of sharing science research on social media. Social media has taken the science world by storm. Or maybe it’s the other way around; but …The post When Retroviral Research Goes Viral appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Further Integration: The latest update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection

In November 2013, PLOS Medicine and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) called for submissions to the third year of the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce an exciting new update to the Year 3 Collection…The post Further Integration: The latest update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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PLOS Resources on Ebola

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Virginia Barbour, Medicine & Biology Editorial Director at PLOS, on the urgent need for Open Access research into the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The current Read More

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PLOS Resources on Ebola

Virginia Barbour, Medicine & Biology Editorial Director at PLOS, on the urgent need for Open Access research into the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa probably began in Guinea in 2013, but it was only …The post PLOS Resources on Ebola appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Who Should Contribute to Funding of Global Health R&D and How Much?

The international community recently gave WHO a mandate to advance global health R&D by creating a pooled international fund for a first set of four Demonstration Projects. Mari Grepstad, Suerie Moon and John-Arne Røttingen consider how it could be funded.…The post Who Should Contribute to Funding of Global Health R&D and How Much? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Why ICART, a New Research Center in the D.R.Congo, is Needed

An International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART) has been launched in Panzi, Bukavu, in the South-Kivu Province of the DR Congo. This province has suffered many wars over decades and is trying to recover. ICART is organizing its …The post Why ICART, a New Research Center in the D.R.Congo, is Needed appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV coinfection: Time for Concerted Action

In 2013, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases decided to dedicate a special collection to VL-HIV co-infection. With Ed Zijlstra, Asrat Hailu, and myself as guest editors, they sent out a call for papers. Today the Visceral Leishmaniasis-HIV Collection is launched, …The post Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV coinfection: Time for Concerted Action appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency?

At the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XIII) held in Mexico City earlier this month, we learned of a very serious and dangerous tropical disease situation now unfolding in Venezuela.   The most glaring public health failure has been a sharp …The post Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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The Global Response to the Ebola Fever Epidemic: What Took So Long?

Mark J. Siedner of Harvard Medical School and John D. Kraemer of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, discuss the impact of the delayed global response to the Ebola epidemic. On August 8, twenty weeks …The post The Global Response to the Ebola Fever Epidemic: What Took So Long? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Ebola: Liberians Destined for Extinction

Liberian medical student Gondah Lekpeh gives us his perspective from the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. On July 22 of this year, the Liberian Minister of Health informed us and the world that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in …The post Ebola: Liberians Destined for Extinction appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Reflections on feces and its synonyms

As medical parasitologists we tend not to be too squeamish when discussing human feces. They represent one of the “five F’s” of parasitology – feces, fingers, flies, food, fomites – and indeed, most of the world’s poor living below the …The post Reflections on feces and its synonyms appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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