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Ebola Quarantine: unfair, unwise, not scientific & will impede essential efforts

The current Ebola quarantine created by politicians in some states is “…not scientifically based, is unfair and unwise, and will impede essential efforts…” according to Read More

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NEJM, IDSA Oppose Mandatory Ebola Quarantine

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) released an editorial today strongly opposing a mandatory quarantine for returning travelers from West Africa. The Infectious Disease Read More

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The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation

On November 5, 2014, the WHO, WIPO and WTO will hold a joint symposium to discuss innovation and access to medical technologies in middle-income countries. In this post, Judit Rius Sanjuan and Rohit Malpani of Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the barriers … Continue reading »The post The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

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Raltegravir Pharmacokinetics During Pregnancy

Objective: We evaluated the pharmacokinetics (PK) of raltegravir in HIV-infected women during pregnancy and postpartum.


Monocyte Activation, but not Microbial Translocation, Is Independently Associated With Markers…

Background: Microbial translocation has been suggested as a driver of cardiovascular disease in HIV infection.


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

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.


A Rapid Response to Ebola

The ability to rapidly disseminate the findings of primary research as well as informed scientific assessment and opinion is critical in the face of public health emergencies such as the present outbreak of the Ebola virus.  At PLOS, primary research … Continue reading »The post A Rapid Response to Ebola appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Researchers Follow the Path of HIV and Prevention Interventions

Charlene Dezzutti from the University of Pittsburgh and the Magee-Womens Research Institute explains how HIV researchers are incorporating biomarkers and preclinical testing – featured in the PLOS Collection Advances in HIV Mucosal Immunology: Challenges and Opportunities – in their pursuit of an … Continue reading »The post Researchers Follow the Path of HIV and Prevention Interventions appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Everyday drug diversions: A qualitative study of the illicit exchange and non-medical use of…

Publication date: Available online 7 October 2014 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Scott Vrecko This article investigates everyday experiences and practises that are associated with processes of pharmaceuticalization and with practices of ‘drug diversion’—that is, the illicit exchange and non-medical use of prescription drugs.


[Corrections] Correction to Lancet Glob Health 2014; 2: e570–80

Mogasale V, Maskery B, Ochiai RL, et al. Burden of typhoid fever in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic, literature-based update with risk-factor adjustment. Lancet Glob Health 2014; 2: e570–80—In this Article (October, 2014), the following sentence should have appeared after the fourth sentence of the fifth paragraph on the Discussion section: “The typhoid CFR is calculated for patients who received medical care. Our estimated number of typhoid deaths is therefore conservative.” This correction has been made as of Oct 30, 2014.


[Corrections] Correction to Lancet Glob Health 2014; 2: e497–98

Chao TE, Lo NC, Mody GN, Sinha RS. Strategies for last mile implementation of global health technologies. Lancet Glob Health 2014; 2: e497–98—In this Comment, the affiliation for the authors Nathan C Lo, Gita N Mody, and Sidhartha R Sinha were incorrect. The affiliation for Nathan C Lo should have been “Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA”, for Gita N Mody it should have been “Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA”, and for Sidhartha R Sinha should have been “Departments of Biodesign Programme and Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA”.


Universal health coverage in emerging economies: findings on health care utilization by older…

Background and objective: The achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) in emerging economies is a high priority within the global community.


Depot-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Does Not Reduce the Prophylactic Efficacy of Emtricitabine…

Abstract: Concerns that the injectable contraceptive depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) may increase the risk of HIV acquisition in women led to questions on whether DMPA could reduce efficacy of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.


HIV-1 Shedding From the Female Genital Tract is Associated With Increased Th1…

Background: HIV-1 shedding from the female genital tract is associated with increased sexual and perinatal transmission and has been broadly evaluated in cross-sectional studies.


The role of the private sector in the provision of antenatal care: a study of Demographic and…

Objective To examine the role of the private sector in the provision of antenatal care (ANC) across low- and middle-income countries.


Pregnancy and HIV disease progression: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Objective To assess whether pregnancy accelerates HIV disease progression.


Engagement in assertive community treatment as experienced by recovering clients with severe…

Background: Clients with severe mental illness (SMI) who use substances are less engaged in treatment than those who do not use substances, and assertive community treatment (ACT) engages and retains clients with SMI and concurrent substance use at a higher rate compared with traditional treatment.


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