The neglected diseases of poverty

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*Originally published in The Upstream Journal. The last week of April is World Immunization Week, promoting vaccines as powerful tools for protecting people against some of the most deadly diseases. However, there are no effective vaccines for many of what are called “Neglected Tropical Diseases” – NTDs. And where there are few vaccines and treatments
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Marzieh Ghiasi

2010 World AIDS Day

Published December 01, 2010 | One response so far
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Today, Guardian is featuring some bold and moving pictures from across the world commemorating World AIDS Day 2010. Since Larry Elliott wrote his column entitled “Evil triumphs in a sick society” condemning what many viewed at the time draconian drug patent policies by pharmaceutical companies, we’ve seen some improvements in the area. Owing in large
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Malaria: an integrated approach

Published April 25, 2010 | 3 responses so far
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April 25th is a rather interesting and historically eventful day. Today is DNA Day, commemorating the 1953 publication of James D. Watson and Francis Crick’s article elucidating the structure of DNA. Today is also the 7th anniversary of the completion of the ambitious Human Genome Project, which while in itself a monumental accomplishment, will be
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Marzieh Ghiasi

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

Published December 02, 2008 | No responses yet
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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
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Hookworms and anemia in women

Published September 26, 2008 | No responses yet
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As posted in Neglected Tropical Diseases Society 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
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Parasites may boost HIV infection rates

Published July 24, 2008 | No responses yet
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As posted in Neglected Tropical Diseases Society The New Scientist reports of a recently released publication by Chenin et al. suggesting that parasitic infections in co-endemic regions may account for the greater rates of HIV-1 infections in these regions. “Evan Secor of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and his colleagues infected macaques
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Among the Neglected

Published November 29, 2007 | No responses yet
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Article #2, finally– the fruit of our collective effort! http://www.mcgilldaily.com/view.php?aid=6776 Also featured on: http://www.ntdsociety.com/among-the-neglected/ Among the Neglected By Marzieh Ghiasi and Hannah Thomas Thursday, November 29th, 2007 Marzieh Ghiasi and Hannah Thomas explore the chasm between the enormous human cost of Neglected Tropical Diseases and funding for research and drugs “The parasite gets inside the
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