Zimbabwe: Leaving No Stone Unturned to Tackle HIV/Aids Pandemic
[The Herald] "While a lot has been achieved in terms of reducing the number of new infections and putting HIV-positive people on treatment, we are faced with new challenges, which if nothing is done, could erode all these gains. "A united front of people living with HIV and Aids is therefore needed now more than ever to effectively tackle all these challenges." These are the words of the Zimbabwe HIV and Aids Activists Union (ZHAAU) president Stanley Takaona.In an interview after the just ended 21st International Aids (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 2, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lifestyle Medicine: Blue Zones Of Soulful Data, Stories, And Social Networks
More than 35.7% of American adults are considered to be obese. About 75 million American adults have high blood pressure. Approximately thirty-four percent of Americans have high low-density lipoproteins. These grim and disheartening statistics- as showcased in the obesity prevalence maps below- paint a somber picture of not only the current obesity pandemic here in the United States but the shape of our health and well-being as a whole. In a compounding effect, the impact of Westernized culture, digital technology, convenience foods, and sedentarianism have played a potent and negative role in the widespread global upsurg...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One Hour of Exercise Can Offset Prolonged Sitting
A typical day for many people includes at least 8 hours of sitting - driving to work, sitting in an office, driving home, and watching TV. An international study of more than 1 million people shows that one hour of moderate physical activity can eliminate the health risks associated with sedentary behavior. The study forms the first part of a four-paper series published by The Lancet that provides an overview and update of worldwide trends of physical activity and the global impact of physical inactivity. The first series observing physical activity was released in 2012 ahead of the Summer Olympic Games. The study autho...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A descriptive profile of trauma patients related to road traffic collisions admitted in a tertiary level intensive care unit: a concurrent cohort study - Korula PJ, Dennis PB, Antonisamy B, Kandasamy S.
Background; Trauma secondary to road traffic accidents is a pandemic in India for various reasons. However data on trauma, it's burden on healthcare and specifically on Intensive care is scarce. Thus from a clinical, epidemiology and health care perspectiv... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Our Sedentary Lifestyles Cost About 5 Million Lives A Year
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that. Sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers found, but activity - such as brisk walking - could counter the higher likelihood of early death linked with sitting for eight or more hours a day. Such inactivity is estimated to cause more than 5 million deaths a year - almost as many as smoking, which the World Health Organi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Our Sedentary Lifestyles Cost About 5 Million Lives A Year
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that. Sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers found, but activity - such as brisk walking - could counter the higher likelihood of early death linked with sitting for eight or more hours a day. Such inactivity is estimated to cause more than 5 million deaths a year - almost as many as smoking, which the World Health Organi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Ebola Response Crippled By Low Stocks of Vital Items
[SciDev.Net] Manchester -Glass vials, coolers and chicken eggs needed for vaccine manufacture are the first things lacking when a global pandemic breaks, so governments should stockpile them or be ready to rapidly increase their supply, a UK conference has heard. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 27, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola response crippled by low stocks of vital items
Governments must stockpile the equipment and materials needed to fight pandemics, a science summit hears. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - July 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

African Study Exceeds U.N.'Test and Treat' Goal for Ending HIV Pandemic African Study Exceeds U.N.'Test and Treat' Goal for Ending HIV Pandemic
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - July 26, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Uganda Ill-Equipped for Growing Cancer Burden
Jovia, who died on Apr. 29, 2016, suffered from both HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer, a deadly combination affecting thousands of women in Uganda. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPSBy Amy FallonKAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 25 2016 (IPS)Lying on a dirty bed in a crowded, squalid hostel in Kampala, emaciated Jovia, 29, managed a weak smile as a doctor delivered her a small green bottle containing a liquid.“I’m so happy they’ve brought the morphine,” the mother told IPS, just about the only words she could get out during what would be the last weeks of her life. “It controls my pain and makes my life more bearable.&rdq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amy Fallon Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Inequity Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Cancer HIV/AIDS Hospice Africa Uganda Source Type: news

[Review] Latency reversal and viral clearance to cure HIV-1
Research toward a cure for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection has joined prevention and treatment efforts in the global public health agenda. A major approach to HIV eradication envisions antiretroviral suppression, paired with targeted therapies to enforce the expression of viral antigen from quiescent HIV-1 genomes, and immunotherapies to clear latent infection. These strategies are targeted to lead to viral eradication—a cure for AIDS. Paired testing of latency reversal and clearance strategies has begun, but additional obstacles to HIV eradication may emerge. Nevertheless, there is reason for o...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 22, 2016 Category: Science Authors: David M. Margolis Source Type: news

South Africa: 'She Conquers' HIV
[SAnews.gov.za] Durban -In a country with a high number of HIV/AIDS prevalence among young women and girls, South African women are now taking charge of the fight against the pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 21, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: African Study Exceeds UN 'Test and Treat' Goal for Ending HIV Pandemic
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -UN goal to get seven out of 10 HIV positive people to take a test and start medication is achievable, researchers say (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - July 20, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Knowledge, attitude and anxiety towards pandemic flu: a potential bio weapon among health professionals in Indore city - Mishra P, Bhadauria US, Dasar PL, N S, Kumar S, Lalani A, Sarkar P, Chauhan A, Godha S, Vyas S.
BACKGROUND: Flu is one of the oldest medical concerns, causing high mortality rates among humans. Swine flu has not only emerged as a fatal disease omong Indian population but has also created havoc among various sections of society. OBJECTIVE: To ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Intranasal flu vaccine produces long-lasting immune response in mice
(Columbia University Medical Center) Intranasal flu vaccines may be able to provide long-lasting protection against pandemic flu strains, according to a new study from immunologists at Columbia University Medical Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

South Africa’s latest weapon against HIV: street dispensers for antiretrovirals
Patients will no longer need to join five-hour-long queues for their medicationA hole-in-the-wall machine that dispenses antiretroviral drugs to people with HIV will be unveiled in Durban on Monday ahead of a pilot scheme that will see units installed in rural areas miles from the nearest doctor or clinic.The machine has been developed at the Right to Care project in the Helen Joseph hospital, Johannesburg, and is a prototype of what its South African developers believe could be a game-changer in the fight to contain the Aids pandemic in their country and beyond. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 17, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Tracy McVeigh Tags: South Africa World news Aids and HIV Society Medical research Science Drugs Source Type: news

South Africa ’s latest weapon against HIV: street dispensers for antiretrovirals
Patients will no longer need to join five-hour-long queues for their medication A hole-in-the-wall machine that dispenses antiretroviral drugs to people with HIV will be unveiled in Durban on Monday ahead of a pilot scheme that will see units installed in rural areas miles from the nearest doctor or clinic. The machine has been developed at the Right to Care project in the Helen Joseph hospital, Johannesburg, and is a prototype of what its South African developers believe could be a game-changer in the fight to contain the Aids pandemic in their country and beyond. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 17, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Tracy McVeigh Tags: South Africa World news Aids and HIV Society Medical research Science Drugs Source Type: news

[Special Issue News] Thinking the Unthinkable
What are the greatest threats to humanity and human civilization? Scholars think a self-induced catastrophe such as nuclear war or a bioengineered pandemic is most likely to do us in. But extreme natural hazards—including threats from space and geologic upheavals here on Earth—could also do the job. Although common, moderately severe disasters such as earthquakes attract far more funding and attention than low-probability apocalyptic ones, a handful of researchers persists in thinking the unthinkable. With knowledge and planning, they say, it's possible to prepare for—or in some cases prevent—rare b...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 15, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Julia Rosen Tags: Natural Hazards Source Type: news

New York News Team And Yale-Educated Doctor Question CDC's Lyme Denial
Late last month, FOX5NY broadcast "Lyme and Reason," a precedent-setting news special dedicated to the Lyme disease epidemic. The show was a success by many measures, including--most importantly by TV production standards--ratings wise. The strong viewership reflects a strong interest in learning more about Lyme disease. More and more, people are discovering that they know someone whose life has been profoundly affected by Lyme. More and more, people are discovering that they themselves have been living with undiagnosed Lyme for years. Now the FOX5NY team is calling on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and pr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pentagon's 'zombie pandemic training' teaches military nurses how to quarantine civilians, administer vaccines on massive scale
(NaturalNews) You never know when the zombie apocalypse might strike, so it's a good thing that the Pentagon is training military nurses how to respond in such a situation.At the Uniformed Services University of the Healthcare Sciences, military nursing students are required to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AVAC (formerly AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition)
International non-profit organization that uses education, policy analysis, advocacy, community mobilization and a network of global collaborations to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of biomedical HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive response to the pandemic. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Revelation: Secret government warehouses stockpiling $7 billion worth of medical supplies in preparation for deadly pandemic, biological attack
(NaturalNews) Is it "crazy" and "paranoid" to stockpile supplies against the possibility of widespread social collapse? Not according to the federal government.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains six warehouses stockpiled billions of dollars worth of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malawi: Central Medical Stores Trust Rolls Out HIV/Aids Workplace Policy
[Nyasa Times] Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) on Saturday launched an HIV/AIDS workplace policy to guide the trust in impact mitigation of the pandemic for the future. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

2009 swine flu originated in Mexico
HealthDay News The 2009 swine flu pandemic originated in pigs in a small region of central Mexico, a new study reports. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2009 Swine Flu Originated in Mexico
Genetic analysis pinpoints source of the pandemic influenza that killed 17,000 people Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2009 Swine Flu Originated in Mexico
FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 -- The 2009 swine flu pandemic originated in pigs in a small region of central Mexico, a new study reports. Researchers used genetic analysis to pinpoint the source of the H1N1 pandemic. This version of the swine flu killed more... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 1, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Next flu pandemic could double past cost estimates
Policy makers’ and public health officials’ proper reactions could hold down the total costs to U.S. GDP of an influenza outbreak. Otherwise, costs could be nearly double previous estimates, say experts in a new report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

NIH-supported study pinpoints origin of 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) NIAID-supported researchers have used genetic sequencing to show that the 2009 global H1N1 influenza pandemic began in central Mexico, originating in pigs and spreading to humans. Mexico is not typically considered a source of novel influenza strains. The new findings appear online in the journal eLIFE. They shed light on how the novel virus evolved and stress the need for improved influenza surveillance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Women’s Cooperatives Ease Burden of HIV in Kenya
Dorcus Auma weaving sisal fronds into a basket. Her Kenyan women's group has helped provide income to care for her grandchildren, orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Credit: Charles Karis/IPSBy Charles KarisNAIROBI, Jun 27 2016 (IPS)Seventy-three-year-old Dorcus Auma effortlessly weaves sisal fronds into a beautiful basket as she walks the tiny path that snakes up a hill. She wound up her farm work early because today, Thursday, she is required to attend her women’s group gathering at the secretary’s homestead.Except for their eye-catching light blue dresses and silky head scarfs, they would pass for ordinary village women. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charles Karis Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Women & Economy cooperatives HIV/AIDS Kenya UNAIDS Source Type: news

Women ’ s Cooperatives Ease Burden of HIV in Kenya
Dorcus Auma weaving sisal fronds into a basket. Her Kenyan women's group has helped provide income to care for her grandchildren, orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Credit: Charles Karis/IPSBy Charles KarisNAIROBI, Jun 27 2016 (IPS)Seventy-three-year-old Dorcus Auma effortlessly weaves sisal fronds into a beautiful basket as she walks the tiny path that snakes up a hill. She wound up her farm work early because today, Thursday, she is required to attend her women’s group gathering at the secretary’s homestead.Except for their eye-catching light blue dresses and silky head scarfs, they would pass for ordinary village women. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charles Karis Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy cooperatives HIV/AIDS Kenya UNAIDS Source Type: news

Researchers discover the 2009 swine flu pandemic originated in Mexico
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) The 2009 swine H1N1 flu pandemic -- responsible for more than 17,000 deaths worldwide -- originated in pigs from a very small region in central Mexico, a research team headed by investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is reporting.The scientists say their findings, published in the journal eLife, represent the first time that the origin of an influenza pandemic virus has been determined in such detail. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Let 5-year-old Sherry Tell You How Handwashing with Soap Saves Lives
Eunice, an expectant mother in Migori County in Kenya. Photo Credit: LifebuoyBy Dr Myriam Sidibe and Siddharth ChatterjeeMigori County, Kenya, Jun 24 2016 (IPS)For twenty-six year old Eunice from Migori County,Kenya, celebrating her daughter Sherry’s fifth birthday is a milestone that few of her friends have enjoyed. As with many areas of Africa, a child born in Migori is seven times more likely to die before the age of five, compared to a child in Europe. Despite recent gains in improving maternal and child survival rates in Africa, the continent still rates the lowest in the world. In Kenya, child mortality stands ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Myriam Sidibe and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

Pandemics in a Changing Climate: Evolving Risk and the Global Response
Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. 05/26/2016This 31-page report examines the link between climate change and public health, and the implications of climate change on global pandemic risk. It includes a section that focuses on channels that will increase vulnerability of human populations to zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, which are two disease groups that are of particular concern because they are climate sensitive, and comprise the majority of emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemics in a Changing Climate: Evolving Risk and the Global Response
Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. 04/26/2016This one-hour, 46-minute panel presentation discusses research on pandemic risk in a changing climate, and how innovative financial response mechanisms can be leveraged to more effectively mitigate evolving global threats. Panelists discuss Ebola, Zika, and Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV), the most recent outbreaks that have demonstrated insufficient global capacity to predict and respond to large-scale public health emergencies, and how climate change effects reduce returns to outbreak preparedness by increasing the unpr...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The Collective Intelligence of Women Could Save the World
Neil deGrasse Tyson was once asked about his thoughts on the cosmos. In a slow, gloomy voice, he intoned, "The universe is a deadly place. At every opportunity, it's trying to kill us. And so is Earth. From sinkholes to tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, tsunamis." Tyson humorously described a very real problem: the universe is a vast obstacle course of catastrophic dangers. Asteroid impacts, supervolcanic eruptions, and global pandemics represent existential risks that could annihilate our species or irreversibly catapult us back into the Stone Age. But nature is the least of our worries. Today's greatest existe...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Disaster management, crowdsourced R&D and probabilistic innovation theory: toward real time disaster response capability - Callaghan CW.
General agreement exists effective disaster management faces constraints related to knowledge sharing and a need for real-time research responses. Extreme case examples of disasters especially vulnerable to these challenges are global pandemics, or disease... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

Single strain of plague bacteria sparked multiple historical and modern pandemics
A single entry of the plague bacterium into Europe was responsible for the Black Plague of the mid-14th century. This same strain sparked recurrent outbreaks on the continent over the following four centuries before spreading to China, where it triggered the third plague pandemic in the late 19th century. The wave of plague that traveled to Asia later became the source population for modern-day epidemics around the globe, reveals genome analyses of the bacterium. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A single strain of plague bacteria sparked multiple historical and modern pandemics
(Cell Press) A single entry of the plague bacterium into Europe was responsible for the Black Plague of the mid-14th century. This same strain sparked recurrent outbreaks on the continent over the following four centuries before spreading to China, where it triggered the third plague pandemic in the late 19th century. The wave of plague that traveled to Asia later became the source population for modern-day epidemics around the globe, reveals genome analyses of the bacterium. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 8, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Army Commander Chiwenga Says HIV a Security Threat
[The Herald] THE Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Dr Constantine Chiwenga, yesterday said the HIV and Aids pandemic remains a security threat in Sub-Saharan Africa as uniformed forces are among the worst affected. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 7, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Preventing the Next Pandemic: A Conversation with the World Bank President
Center for Strategic and International Studies. 06/02/2016This one-hour video features a conversation with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, on preventing the next pandemic. The presentation discusses lessons learned from the Ebola and Zika outbreaks, and what additional investments in global health are essential to better protect the world from the spread of pandemics and promote stable economies, including the launch of a Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility in late May 2016 at the G7 Summit in Japan. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Zika Funding Advances in Congress
Both chambers of Congress have approved legislation to address the Zika pandemic. Major differences exist, however, between the House and Senate versions of this legislation. The Senate approved $1.1 billion in emergency funding, with no requirement to offset the spending from other programs. If enacted, the funds could be used for vaccine development and for mosquito control. The upper chamber also considered—and rejected—an amendment that would have provided more funding, as well as an amendment that would have offset the cost of combating Zika. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has voted to appropri...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 31, 2016 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Children's digestive health across Europe in crisis
(Spink Health) 'Paediatric Digestive Health Across Europe', commissioned by United European Gastroenterology, highlights how the current health burden and economic pressure of pediatric digestive health issues, in particular the increasing levels of childhood obesity, have become a pandemic issue throughout the continent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

World Health Assembly agrees new Health Emergencies Programme
WHO Member States today agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the Organization’s history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme. The programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies to complement its traditional technical and normative roles. The new programme is designed to deliver rapid, predictable, and comprehensive support to countries and communities as they prepare for, face or recover from emergencies caused by any type of hazard to human health, whether disease outbreaks, natural or man-made disasters or conflicts. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - May 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: disease outbreaks [subject], outbreak, outbreaks, epidemics, pandemic, disease control, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, internati Source Type: news

First Humanitarian Summit Must Address Causes of Recurring Crises
Luca Alinovi, Executive Director, Global Resilience Partnership Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre The first United Nations World Humanitarian Summit takes place among the mosques and minarets of Istanbul this week. While long overdue, it will fail to address recurring humanitarian crises. The truth is that the monolithic institutions charged with dealing with these crises -- and the thinking that governs these institutions -- are rapidly becoming obsolete as we enter a new, less predictable era. Worldwide 125 million people need humanitarian aid. The causes are well known: conflicts a...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Uganda: HIV/Aids Fight Taken to Pulpits
[Observer] Ever since HIV/Aids became a pandemic characterising sub-Saharan Africa, stigma has proven to be a barrier to successful intervention. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 25, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Insurance To Help Poor Countries Tackle Pandemics Like Ebola, Zika
A new tool aims to help poor countries manage epidemics, before they devastate their health and finances. The World Bank recently launched the “Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility” an insurance market designed to quickly disburse funds to countries and agencies tackling infectious disease outbreaks. “Pandemics pose some of the biggest threats in the world to people’s lives and to economies,” Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, said in a statement. “For the first time we will have a system that can move funding and teams of experts to the sites of outbreaks befor...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 24, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

GI Windows releases 6-month data on self-assembling magnet diabetes device
GI Windows said 6-month data from a small study of its incisionless anastomosis system showed the safety and efficacy of the device, which uses self-assembling magnets delivered via endoscope to create an opening between loops of the small bowel. West Bridgwater, Mass.-based GI Windows said the device is designed to allow a portion of ingested food to move from the beginning of the small bowel to its end. Two endoscopes deploy the magnets in the proximal and distal ends of the small bowel, where they assemble into a pair of rings that are then coupled, trapping a portion of the the bowel walls to create an opening. On...
Source: Mass Device - May 24, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Clinical Trials Diabetes Endoscopic / Arthroscopic GI Windows Source Type: news

The trial, error of viral evolution: The difference between fading out, pandemic
Investigators are studying viral evolution with the aim of finding knowledge that might help prevent disease. The researchers analyzed multiple studies on three well-known and varied viral families, all of which have genomes that consist of segments of genetic material called RNA. RNA viruses are ubiquitous in nature, infecting most animals, including humans, plants, and bacteria. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Four steps to rebuild trust in biology
Trust in biologists is in a precarious position. Secrecy, safety breaches and controversial experiments are risking the reputation of biomedical science. Ahead of a key meeting in the USA, Filippa Lentzos and Nicholas Evans outline steps to earn back the trust of citizens.18-months of deliberation on how to regulate research enhancing the transmissibility and virulence of viruses will end when the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) meets on 24 May 2016. The modified pathogens created through so-called ‘gain-of-function’ experiments could, if accidentally released from labs or deliberately m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 23, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Filippa Lentzos and Nicholas Evans Tags: Science Science policy Flu pandemic Source Type: news