Best buy, pharma, ticks, and web-based diagnosis

Published December 02, 2008 · Estimated reading time: 1 minute · Share your thoughts
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As posted in Neglected Tropical Diseases Society

  • Josh Ruxin, an assistant clinical professor of public health at Columbia, describes “The Best Buy in Public Health” or the strong potential to make real change with modest investments in the NTDs.
  • Thomas Pogge, Professor of Philosophy & International Affairs at Yale University, and Philip Hedger, executive managing director of international affairs at Pfizer, debate approaches to creating incentives and stimulating innovation in the pharmaceutical industry to address health of impoverished populations.
  • A recent publication in the PLoS suggests that rise in global temperatures may lead to the emergence of more tick-borne pathogens and tick-borne epidemics.
  • Highlighting the critical role of the internet in dealing with international health issues, Scandinavian scientists have developed a web-base diagnostic tool which allows for observation of thousands of parasitic specimens using geospatial system imaging platforms. Web-based tools have great potential not just for global access to better diagnostic tools, but for more timely epidemiological information, as displayed by Google’s Flu Trends.
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And I wouldn’t stop there…

Published November 05, 2008 · Estimated reading time: 1 minute · Share your thoughts
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From: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop (April 3, 1968 – with audio)

Martin Luther King, Jr.Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.

And I don’t mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

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Hookworms and anemia in women

Published September 26, 2008 · Estimated reading time: 1 minute · Share your thoughts
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Science Daily reports of a recent study in the PLoS showing that almost 7 million pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with hookworms and at risk for anemia. According to the study, completed through systemic investigation of literature, 37.7 million women in the region, and millions more in Asia and South America, remain infected with hookworms due to poor antihelminthic treatment options.

The research corroborates a strong link between blood loss due to intestinal hookworm infections and low hemoglobin levels. Anemia can lead to poor health conditions in mothers and maternal death and can slow fetal growth and development, leading to low birth-weight which is associated with infant morality.

Commenting on the impact of this study, the leading author, Simon Brooker of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme in Nairobi, Kenya told SciDev “We hope this will prompt the WHO, international agencies and national governments to further consider deworming in maternal health packages”.

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