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2014-07-24 10:47:06

The Lancet Declaration in reducing the global burden of HIV, malaria, and TB A major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 published in The Lancet, shows that accelerated progress against the global burden of HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis (TB) has been made since 2000 when governments worldwide adopted Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB. The new estimates show that worldwide, the number of people living with HIV has risen...

2012-09-04 11:25:20

Reconstructing the spread of killer diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) from person to person using DNA sequencing quickly identifies the origin and movement of pathogens. This approach is directly informing public health strategies to control infectious disease outbreaks, says a scientist speaking at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick. A team from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, Canada used whole-genome...

2012-03-15 22:35:00

SHEA, IDSA, PIDS position paper outlines a national approach to antimicrobial stewardship As the supply of life-saving antibiotics becomes increasingly threatened, infectious diseases experts urge healthcare systems and policymakers to step up efforts to protect patients by preserving the effectiveness of available antibiotics through antimicrobial stewardship initiatives. A new position paper from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), Infectious Diseases Society of...

2011-12-09 16:15:12

Shahriar Mobashery, a University of Notre Dame researcher, is one of the coauthors of a new paper by a group of the world's leading scientists in academia and industry that calls for strong steps to be taken to control the global crisis of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. The group issued a priority list of steps that need to be taken on a global scale to resolve the crisis. The paper is an outgrowth of a meeting the group held at the Banbury Conference Centre in Cold Spring Harbor,...

2009-05-07 11:12:00

DECLINING VISIBILITY, SENSE OF URGENCY ABOUT HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC ABROAD MENLO PARK, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two-thirds of the public supports maintaining (39%) or increasing (26%) U.S. government funding to improve health in developing countries, while fewer than a quarter (23%) say the government is spending too much on global health, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey of the American people's attitudes towards U.S. global health and development assistance....

2008-09-24 03:00:09

By Heymann, David L The article by Binder et al. (J Public Health Policy 2008;29:3- 21) and the accompanying editoral and commentaries launch an important discussion on the role of robust national public health institutes (NPHIs). In a landscape of disease-specific funding initiatives, NPHIs emerge as a much-needed governmental focal point for science-based public health leadership, policies, and resource allocation. As evidenced by efforts to eradicate polio and guinea worm disease; to...

2008-09-11 09:00:09

China reports 1,023 death of infectious diseases in August BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua)-- The Chinese Ministry of Health Wednesday reported 1,023 death of infectious diseases nationwide last month but no serious outbreak in areas hit by the May 12 earthquake. The figure was slightly up from 1,009 in July, said the ministry. In August, 363,877 cases of A- and B-Class infectious diseases occurred and claimed 1.014 lives. Of the 138,879 cases of C-Class infectious diseases recorded, there...

2008-07-09 12:00:49

WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Updates on the impact of climate changes on insect-borne diseases, the control of MRSA infections, and the importance of childhood immunizations were presented today at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The news conference, sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), also addressed the growing challenge of prevention and treatment of infections due to drug resistant bacteria. "Infectious...

2008-07-08 09:01:11

PHILADELPHIA, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is by Harvey Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response (ISTAR) University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: The World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, recently recommended that member states develop a plan of action for enhanced and sustainable health research and development for diseases that disproportionately affect developing...

2008-06-26 15:02:24

A U.S.-led international team of scientists said it's determined extreme climatic weather events can produce a sharp increase in infectious diseases. The scientists, led by University of California-Davis researchers, said they determined how climate extremes associated with global warning -- such as the increased frequency of droughts and floods -- can create conditions in which diseases that are tolerated individually might converge and cause mass deaths among livestock or wildlife. The...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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