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