Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More


Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors

Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More


Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources – The New York Times

Strict patents on technology have had the effect of hindering global progress in some fields, especially in combating disease and climate change. Source: Lifting the Read More


6 Pathogens Likely Responsible For 78% Of Childhood Diarrhea Cases, Study Shows

Humanosphere: Only 6 pathogens guilty for most childhood diarrhea, new study reveals Humanosphere writer and editor Joanne Lu discusses findings from “a new study that suggests vaccines and antibiotics just need to target six pathogens to tackle 78 percent of cases of childhood diarrhea, the second leading cause of death in children under five. ……More

Event Highlights Challenges To Polio Eradication, Especially In Conflict Settings

Humanosphere: Conflict zones pose final threat to eradicating polio Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses an event that took place Tuesday in New York highlighting challenges to polio eradication, especially in conflict settings. She includes comments made at the event from CDC Director Thomas Frieden and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (9/22).

Global Survey Of Attitudes Toward Immunization Shows Varying Sentiments Among Nations

Humanosphere: Vaccines: Education and access aren’t enough in a skeptical Europe, survey finds “…Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London, and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in Singapore questioned nearly 66,000 people across 67 countries about their attitudes on immunization. The goal was to take the…More

New Center to Reinforce Battle against TB in Peru

Photos by William Castro Rodríguez / Partners In HealthDr. Leonid Lecca, executive director of PIH in Peru, discusses plans for the new Center for Global Health Delivery to be built on the outskirts of Lima. Partners In Health laid the first stone yesterday for the Center for Global Health Delivery, a three-story facility on the northern outskirts of Lima, Peru, that will be a hub for treating patients with multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (or MDR- and XDR-TB). The center, which may be complete by the end of 2017, will also serve as a training site for health professionals interested in learning the nuances of TB care, as well as a research base for infectious disease experts. The first floor will house exam rooms and a state-of-the-art laboratory, and the second will house rooms for patients who require hospitalization

Vaccines: Education and access aren’t enough in a skeptical Europe, survey finds

Despite their wealth and superior access to health care, Europeans are the most skeptical about vaccine safety, according to the largest-ever global survey of vaccine confidence, published last week, and overconfidence in their health could be to blame. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London and the Saw Swee

News in the Humanosphere: WHO declares victory over yellow fever in DRC and Angola

A yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Congo has been brought under control by a major vaccination campaign, the World Health Organization’s director of infectious hazard management Sylvie Briand said on Tuesday. “One [piece of]good news is that this outbreak is under control now. We haven’t had any new cases in Angola since June 23,

Potential for Controlling Cholera Using a Ring Vaccination Strategy: Re-analysis of Data from a…

by Mohammad Ali, Amanda K. Debes, Francisco J. Luquero, Deok Ryun Kim, Je Yeon Park, Laura Digilio, Byomkesh Manna, Suman Kanungo, Shanta Dutta, Dipika Sur, Sujit K. Bhattacharya, David A. Sack Introduction Vaccinating a buffer of individuals around a case (ring vaccination) has the potential to target those who are at highest risk of infection, reducing the number of doses needed to control a disease.

On Global Health and Being “Prepared”

Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health What does it mean to be “prepared?” And, more to the point, what does it mean for working in global health? For some, being “prepared” means setting aside cash for emergencies and keeping their insurance up-to-date. For others, it means a plan of action or even a fresh supply of duct tape, a list of important phone numbers, and a supply of bottled water – just in case. As director of CDC’s Center for Global Health, I spend my time understanding and planning for what it means to be “prepared” to keep Americans safe here in the U.S. and abroad

How Better Data Means Better Decisions in Emergencies

In an emergency, health workers need access to information quickly. They need to know the facts: Where is the outbreak occurring? Who is it affecting? How is it spreading?

GSK Proposes Creating Unit Dedicated To Vaccine Development For Disease Outbreaks

Bloomberg News: Glaxo Proposes Biopreparedness Unit for Outbreaks Like Zika “As the Zika virus spreads and concern grows about the world’s preparedness for outbreaks, GlaxoSmithKline is proposing the creation of a unit dedicated to developing vaccines for diseases in markets offering little potential profit. The London-based company is ready to provide a facility, staff, and…More

Vaccine Preparedness Critical To Responding To Emerging Infectious Diseases

Science: Ebola and Zika: Cautionary tales Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota “…When surveillance points to a possible emergence of a new infectious disease of potential public health importance, we need procedural and funding mechanisms that can quickly identify candidate vaccines and…More

Millions protected in Africa’s largest-ever emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign

A major part of the largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa has been completed, with more than 7.7 million people vaccinated in record time in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This has been accomplished through an extraordinary network of partnerships and collaborations.

Coalition For Epidemic Preparedness Innovations Launched To Bolster Vaccine Candidate Research,…

The Economist: Vaccines: Putting shots in the locker “…CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, was founded [August 31] in London, at the headquarters of the Wellcome Trust, a medical charity. It is the joint brainchild of the Wellcome, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and the government of Norway, and…More

Dengue Vaccine Should Be Used With Caution In Nations With Low Disease Prevalence, Study Shows

CNN: New dengue vaccine could instead cause more cases, experts warn “This may go against what typically comes to mind when you think about vaccines, but the newly licensed vaccine against the dengue virus — trade name Dengvaxia — could lead to an increase in the number of cases of the disease if not implemented…More

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