Sebastiana’s eyes: a reflection on providing care

After a long and warm clinic day seeing kids in one of the Mayan communities we work, I asked Yoli, our auxiliary nurse in charge Read More


Sharing truths of terminal illness in rural Guatemala

Over the last four years I have visited communities in rural Guatemala with Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a civil society organization providing health 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


Cancer in poor countries: Too big to tackle?

Governments face an uphill battle to control cancer. Simple messages and basic capabilities can help.

Royal Society Of Medicine Meeting Discusses Cancer Care, Control In Lower-Income Countries

SciDev.Net: Cancer in poor countries: Too big to tackle? “A revealing metaphor kicked off a day of discussions about tackling cancer in poor countries at the Royal Society of Medicine this week. If you think of global health as Mount Everest, cancer control would be a small flag at its peak, said Richard Sullivan, professor…More

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci Discusses U.S. Zika Funding, HIV/AIDS Efforts In Washington Post…

Washington Post: Anthony Fauci: Forced to rob cancer research to pay for Zika vaccine push Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer ” ‘Hold up. Wait, wait, wait a minute.’ That was my response when Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told me that the ongoing congressional battle over Zika funding forced…More

Lab rat, HeroRAT

You’ve likely heard of lab rats, but detection rats technology?  APOPO, a Belgian non-profit, with headquarters in Tanzania, breeds, trains, and implements landmine and tuberculosis detection rats in Africa and Asia.  Equipped with exceptional noses, African Giant Pouched rats have helped clear over 26 million square meters of land, including nearly 100 thousand landmines destroyed in Mozambique, Angola, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Once ravaged by civil and international wars, these lands are now suitable for community use. Source: APOPO Tuberculosis (TB) kills over a million people annually.  In countries such as Tanzania and Mozambique, prevalence of tuberculosis is high while detection and treatment are low.  This discrepancy is attributable to a lack of diagnostic equipment, trained staff, and lagging infrastructure and utilities.  A trained tuberculosis detection rat – otherwise known as a HeroRAT – can screen 100 samples in 20 minutes.  The same task would take a trained technician 4 days.  In Tanzania alone, over 8 thousand positive TB samples that were missed by technicians were identified by HeroRATS. Source: APOPO Could programs like APOPO fundamentally change the way we think about rats and their role in public health?  To find out, we must first take a look back at our long, intertwined history, past traditional research laboratories, and into a future where rats may well be our colleagues. Wherever people make a home, rats are sure to follow.

African Researchers Using Data To Facilitate Development Of TB, Malaria, Cancer Treatments

Quartz: TB-tracking headbands, mapping cancer, and a malaria hackathon: How data is fighting disease in Africa “…At a recent five-day hackathon, medical researchers from around the world joined forces to work through data mapping solutions to malaria. Other more long-term research projects are also using data to treat diseases like cancer and tuberculosis. … [Some…More

Cancer Moonshot Plans Begin To Take Form

The Lancet: Launching a plan for the Cancer Moonshot Editorial Board “…Eight months ago [a Lancet] editorial worried that the aims of the Cancer Moonshot were nebulous and overly ambitious. Now, as the Moonshot plans unfold, we see opportunities for them to be more determined. … Among these, is beginning to plan a commission in…More

‘It’s Not about Me. It’s about My Patients’

Photos by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In HealthLauria Cadet, University Hospital’s nurse educator for pediatrics and neonatology, checks on an infant in Mirebalais, Haiti. An insistent beep, beep, beep filled the neonatal intensive care unit at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. It came from an alarm on a CPAP machine regulating the breathing of a premature infant in one of the ward’s incubators. A nurse approached the machine and checked the settings, but the beeping persisted. Lauria Cadet, the hospital’s 29-year-old nurse educator for pediatrics and neonatology, appeared at the nurse’s side

It’s Time to Latch on to Breastfeeding!

Last month was World Breastfeeding Week, which is a social media campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of children’s healthy development and how breast milk plays a vital role in it. This was not a surprise of groundbreaking news to most of us, especially in light of the oodles of articles focused on the constant stigma and body-shaming often directed at nursing mothers. (Yes, we’re looking at you Donald Trump). But what we should also promote are the economic benefits a family can receive by simply opting to forgo formula.

Cancer Experts Release 10 Recommendations For U.S. Cancer Moonshot Initiative

CQ News: Cancer Panel Approves ‘Moonshot’ Recommendations “Advisers to the National Cancer Institute approved recommendations Wednesday from scientists working with President Barack Obama’s cancer moonshot initiative that suggest harnessing the genomic information of cancer patients to create a national clinical trial network…” (Williams, 9/7). Nature: Cancer experts unveil wishlist for U.S. government ‘moonshot’ “Advisers to…More

New Studies Examine Global Ovarian, HPV-Related Cancer Rates, The Guardian Reports

The Guardian: Fall in ovarian cancer deaths worldwide linked to contraceptive pill use “Deaths from ovarian cancer have fallen around the world, largely because of the widespread use of the contraceptive pill, according to a major new study. Another factor is the decline in long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), according to Italian academics…More

Improving Global Health Requires Addressing Disparities In Access To Diagnostics, Treatments…

Project Syndicate: Killing Non-Communicable Diseases Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH “…[N]on-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory ailments [are] becoming far and away the world’s leading causes of death. … Consider diabetes, one of the fastest-growing NCDs. … [I]n poorer communities, tools and medicines to diagnose and treat diabetes are…More

Global Registry, Reliable Statistics Critical To Accelerating Cancer Research

Forbes: The Developing World Needs A Cancer Moonshot Emily Munn, Forbes contributor “…[W]hat would a cancer moonshot for the rest of the world look like? … Right now, cancer statistics for many developing countries are not reliable for a number of reasons: These numbers aren’t counted regularly; indigenous people aren’t included; autocratic regimes purposely fudge…More

Genetically Predicted Body Mass Index and Breast Cancer Risk: Mendelian Randomization Analyses…

by Yan Guo, Shaneda Warren Andersen, Xiao-Ou Shu, Kyriaki Michailidou, Manjeet K. Bolla, Qin Wang, Montserrat Garcia-Closas, Roger L. Milne, Marjanka K. Schmidt, Jenny Chang-Claude, Allison Dunning, Stig E. Bojesen, Habibul Ahsan, Kristiina Aittomäki, Irene L

Life as the Only Doctor Atop Mexico’s Sierra Madre

Photos by Leslie Friday / Partners In HealthDr. Martha Arrieta (right) gives Marina López advice about how to care for her sick son, 3-year-old Wilmer Godínez, at a public clinic in Monterrey, Chiapas. Marina López held her 3-year-old son, Wilmer Godínez, snug in her lap. The boy’s spiky black hair and worried eyes peered out from the gray woven cloth in which he was wrapped. It was difficult to tell who was more nervous as the mother and son sat in Dr.

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