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Six Amazing Drugs in Development

Reposted with permission from Gap Medics At any one time, there are hundreds of drugs being developed around the world. Some of them could change Read More

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, a Read More

Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More

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Scientists Report Encouraging HIV Treatment, Vaccine Research Findings At IAS 2017 Conference

Financial Times: New vaccine enters the battle against AIDS “A new AIDS vaccine will begin large-scale trials in southern Africa at the end of this year, in what is hoped will be a breakthrough in the 30-year scientific battle against the disease. Promising early clinical data on the vaccine, developed by Johnson & Johnson with…More


U.N. SG Guterres Seeks To Reform Organization To Enable More Progress On SDGs

Christian Science Monitor: A disrupter at U.N.: Can new chief shake up bureaucracy to speed progress? “António Guterres, who took over as United Nations secretary general early this year, acknowledges that the world community has made encouraging progress in improving people’s lives over recent decades. … Still, Mr. Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal…More


World Humanitarian Day Provides Opportunity To Raise Awareness Of ‘Toxic Mix Of Conflict,…

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Cholera in Yemen: war, hunger, disease … and heroics Editorial Board “The harms done by war are many and complex. Death, injury, and displacement are the most obvious, but infection is also closely intertwined with conflict. Across the Middle East and Africa, outbreaks of infection have occurred as a direct effect…More


Multisectoral action for noncommunicable diseases – what, why, how?

developThe Sustainable Development Goals include a target (Target 3.4) to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by one third, by 2030. Several documents guide countries in achieving this target through the implementation of appropriate policy measures, including the Global Action Plan 2013 – 2020. Specifically, a multisectoral approach is one of the key actions recommended for the prevention and control of NCDs. In 2014, the UN high-level meeting (UNHLM) adopted four time-bound commitments to be achieved by 2018. One of them is having an operational multisectoral action plan (MSAP)


Former MSF Deputy Discusses Challenges Of Providing Health Care Services In Conflict Zones

Devex: Q&A: Former MSF South Sudan deputy on providing health services in conflict “…Médecins Sans Frontières have become veterans of navigating the relentless cycles of violence that uproot civilians. As people run, MSF runs after them trying to provide medical care, said former country deputy director, Julie Reserve. With more than 10 years experience in…More


PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Cardiovascular disease and multimorbidity

The editors of PLOS Medicine together with guest editors Carolyn S. P. Lam, Kazem Rahimi, and Steven Steinhubl are delighted to announce a forthcoming special issue focused on cardiovascular disease and multimorbidity. Research submissions are


African Nations Using Innovative Solutions To Prevent, Treat Fistula

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Africa fights fistula with mobile money and community ambassadors “From training community ambassadors to encourage women with fistula to seek treatment, to cash for transport to hospitals, African nations are finding new ways to deal with the agonizing childbirth injury that ruins the lives of millions of girls and women. … [D]espite…More


Foreign Aid Spending Could Be ‘More Productive For Peace, Security’ Than War

The Conversation: Aid not war — can foreign aid projects help improve national security? Mick McKeown, reader in democratic mental health at the University of Central Lancashire, and Nicola Lowe, professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Central Lancashire “The overseas aid budget is coming under attack, both in the U.K. and the USA.…More


Yemen’s Food Insecurity, Cholera Outbreak, Humanitarian Crisis To Worsen If Politics Continue…

CBS News: U.N. warned “we should all feel deeply guilty” as Yemenis die “The cholera epidemic raging across war-torn Yemen — already the worst outbreak of the disease in the world — grew dramatically worse over the past month, United Nations officials warned the Security Council on Wednesday. … ‘Nearly 16 million people do not…More


Chronic kidney disease and the global NCD agenda

2017 is an important year for the international nephrology community. March 9 was World Kidney Day, the theme this year being ‘Kidney disease and obesity: healthy lifestyles for healthy kidneys’, highlighting the crucial link between the kidneys and metabolic and cardiovascular health. In April, the Global Kidney Health Atlas, one of the largest health-related country capacity reviews in history, was launched at the World Congress of Nephrology in Mexico City. The Atlas, a first for the nephrology community, is a multinational cross-sectional survey designed to assess need and capacity for kidney care worldwide and provide the foundation for a global surveillance network for chronic kidney disease (CKD) care.


WHO Online Public Database Will Track Health Worker Attacks

Devex: WHO readies to launch online database tracking health worker attacks “A new, interactive database built by the World Health Organization will soon shine a spotlight on the extent of violence against health care workers and the risks they are facing in some of the world’s toughest places to deliver aid. The online database, set…More


Can health ignite a political revolution?

Late last month, you could not ignore the chants of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nations Army’ as it echoed around the fields of Glastonbury. Regardless of your political affiliations, having hordes of young, passionate millennials singing the name of a political leader at a music festival is something which few would have predicted earlier that month. Why the change? – Could it be that young people in the UK feel a new sense of hope as they have been given a voice through health? Hope is something which has been on short supply in the UK of late


A PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Trauma

An overview of the first week of the PLOS Medicine Trauma Special Issue This month, PLOS Medicine is proud to present our Special Issue on Traumatic Injury. Guest Editors Professor Karim Brohi (Queen Mary University of London)


Opinion Pieces Suggest Priorities For New WHO Director General

STAT: New WHO leader should focus on the crushing burden of noncommunicable diseases and injuries Gene Bukhman, cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, director of the Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, and co-chair of The Lancet Commission on Reframing Non-communicable Diseases and Injuries for the Poorest Billion; and…More


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