World leaders agree to raise $13 billion a year for TB care, prevention
26 SEP - World leaders meeting today at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly have committed to ensure that 40 million people with tuberculosis (TB) receive the care they need by end 2022. They also agreed to provide 30 million people with preventive treatment to protect them from developing TB.
'A quintessential disease of poverty': The push to free Papua New Guinea from the chokehold of TB
26 SEP - In a remote village in Papua New Guinea’s Gulf province doctors and nurses from Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) are running an outreach clinic for patients with suspected tuberculosis (TB). The surrounding jungle is as wet as it is lush, the air is thick with humidity.
Discovering Invisible Truths
26 SEP - Ilaria Capua
The rise of populist movements worldwide is challenging science and motivating scientists to join the debate and enter politics. Based on my experience, taking a public stand will not come without slanderous personal and institutional attacks as an attempt to shake scientific credibility. The virology community is at risk of similar misrepresentation; reflection on this topic, particularly on how to address such challenges, should be a priority, given we are in the "post-truth" era.
No One Knows Exactly What Would Happen If Mosquitoes Were to Disappear
25 SEP - A four-year experiment sets out to study the ecological consequences of a bold scheme to end malaria.
AMR CHALLENGE CALLS ON WORLD TO INTENSIFY GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
25 SEP - The United States announced today, during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, The AMR Challenge—the most ambitious global initiative to date to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance (AR or AMR).
How South Africa convinced the world to take TB seriously
25 SEP - Non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases were deliberated on in 2011 and 2014 and will also be focused on again in the General Assembly this week.
But one disease — the infectious disease that kills the most people — was ignored and hasn’t made a blip on the UN’s radar. This disease is TB — the condition we know so well in South Africa. You may wonder why I’m making a big issue about an illness that has been around for centuries and has never been regarded as a crisis.
Vietnam ready to produce influenza vaccines
25 SEP - The Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC) has successfully completed the phase 3 clinical trials for two influenza vaccines which are set to be licensed by 2019, IVAC director Lê Văn Bé has announced.
The Mother of All Pandemics Is 100 Years Old (and Going Strong)!
25 SEP - This year marks the 100th anniversary of the deadliest event in human history. In 1918–1919, pandemic influenza appeared nearly simultaneously around the globe and caused extraordinary mortality (an estimated 50–100 million deaths) associated with unexpected clinical and epidemiological features. The descendants of the 1918 virus remain today; as endemic influenza viruses, they cause significant mortality each year.
The Physician’s Duty to Treat During Pandemics
25 SEP - Physicians assume a primary ethical duty to place the welfare of their patients above their own interests. Thus, for example, physicians must not exploit the patient–physician relationship for personal financial gain through the practice of self-referral. But how far does the duty to patient welfare extend? Must physicians assume a serious risk to their own health to ensure that patients receive needed care?
GPEI reports 10 more polio cases in 4 countries
28 SEP - The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) reported a slew of new polio illnesses this week, with Nigeria, Niger, Somalia, and Papua New Guinea all recording cases of circulating vaccine-derived polio.