Rose Clarke Nanyonga, PhD, started her leadership journey by putting one foot in front of the other, literally. As a 17-year-old, she walked for 52 kilometers across central Uganda, fleeing her family where children were harmed (a practice commonly referred to as child sacrifice) in an effort to earn blessings from ancestors or to attract […]Continue Reading ...
Most studies that look at whether democracy improves global health rely on measurements of life expectancy at birth and infant mortality rates. Yet those measures disproportionately reflect progress on infectious diseases — such as malaria, diarrheal illnesses and pneumonia — which relies heavily on foreign aid. A new study led by Stanford Medicine and the Council on Foreign […]Continue Reading ...
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (‘The Global Fund’) asserts they and their partners have saved 27 million lives—but more rigorous evidence and data is needed to back up that claim, according to a new analysis published in The Lancet this week. The analysis, by Dr Rocco Friebel of The London School […]Continue Reading ...
In London for the Women Leaders in Global Health conference, I chatted in line for coffee with a British oncology nurse who had worked in Bangladesh. In a plenary session, I sat beside an Irish physician who worked in New Zealand. And on the stairs between sessions, I had a lengthy discussion with a woman […]Continue Reading ...
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common childhood viral infection that is most common in warmer summer months. A new International Journal of Dermatology review of published studies reveals a positive relationship between HFMD and temperature and humidity. No significant relationship was identified between HFMD and precipitation, wind speed, and/or sunshine. The findings […]Continue Reading ...
August 7, 2018 Researchers have provided new insight on the geographical origins and global spread of two classes of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), according to a study in eLife. The findings identify the HBV genotypes D and A (HBV-D and HBV-A) as having originated in the Middle East and North Africa. They also reveal […]Continue Reading ...
June 4, 2018 Bottom Line: Population aging and growth largely fueled an increase in cancer cases between 2006 and 2016, and large disparities continue to exist between countries in cancer incidence, deaths and the disease’s associated disability. Why The Research Is Interesting: An assessment of the impact of cancer over time can help to frame […]Continue Reading ...
March 28, 2018 Imagine a small paper device that can rapidly reveal from a drop of blood whether an infection is bacterial or viral. The device could help reduce the overuse of antibiotics – which kill bacteria, not viruses. Misuse of antibiotics has led to antimicrobial resistance, a growing global public health issue. Senior biomedical […]Continue Reading ...
The Lancet has reported about the alarming status of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the 4th of this month following a reported 785 deaths due to the disease in the country. Ebola Virus illustration. Image Credit: Festa / Shutterstock The DRC has reported 22 new cases to add to the outbreak. […]Continue Reading ...
Children around the world are not moving enough to maintain healthy growth and development, according to a global report released today. The report by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) compared 49 countries from six continents to assess global trends in childhood physical activity in developed and developing nations, resulting in the “Global Matrix […]Continue Reading ...
For anyone who thinks that the problem of global climate change is too big or distant or not relevant to their life, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy has this to say: “If you’re wondering who the face of climate change is, it’s not a polar bear, it’s my grandson.” McCarthy, who now co-directs C-CHANGE […]Continue Reading ...
August 13, 2018 Even though adolescents make up 26 percent of the population in developing countries, their health claimed a meager 1.6 percent of global development assistance between 2003 and 2016, according to a newly published study led by researchers at Harvard Medical School. The findings, which appear Aug. 10 in JAMA Network Open, reveal […]Continue Reading ...
June 28, 2018 Why is dementia a big concern for healthcare officials and governments? Dementia is the 21st century’s greatest medical challenge. It affects over 50 million people worldwide and this number is expected to rise to almost 80 million by 2030, and cases will continue to rise exponentially. There is currently no cure for […]Continue Reading ...
May 26, 2018 With 10 million people a year projected to die from antibiotic-resistant infections by 2050, it’s important that all partners, including the pharmaceutical industry, step up and work together to tackle this issue. Increasingly, governments at a national and international level, in partnership with NGOs and industry, are focused on how we can […]Continue Reading ...
Bats, called Lyle’s flying foxes, hang from a tree in Cambodia. Bat viruses can spill over into humans, resulting in new emerging diseases. Credit: Kathy West/UC Davis One Health Institute Rather than wait for viruses like Ebola, SARS and Zika to become outbreaks that force the world to react, a new global initiative seeks to […]Continue Reading ...
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