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Update to Blue Marble Health Collection

This week sees a major update to the PLOS Collection “Blue Marble Health: the mismatch between national wealth and population health” with the addition of 50 new papers, including two new editorials published today in PLOS Medicine and PLOS Neglected … Continue reading » The post Update to Blue Marble Health Collection appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Hello, We’re Open

Karin Purshouse (@karinpurshouse), a clinical and academic junior doctor in Oxford, invites you to join the conversation with other early career researchers at the next OpenCon Community Call, this Wednesday, July 29. It is not always easy, as a junior researcher, … Continue reading » The post Hello, We’re Open appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Simple but elusive – why are we still talking about HIV drug delivery?

Ahead of the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference held in 2015 in Vancouver, Canada (July 19-22), Helen Bygrave of MSF discusses her frustrations with the lack of implementation of simple, programmatic strategies for improving HIV care. My main memory of … Continue reading » The post Simple but elusive – why are we still talking about HIV drug delivery? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Dismantling gains in global health?

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As the Third International Conference on Financing for Development begins in Ethiopia, Áine Markham of Médecins Sans Frontières warns that basing funding decisions on country-level finance indicators could be a step backwards for global health, especially in middle-income countries.  This month signals a critical … Continue reading » The post Dismantling gains in global health? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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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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