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A Disease That’s Three Times More Deadly Than SARS Just Reached The United States

Lily Kuo | Quartz | May 3, 2014

A viral and often fatal respiratory disease in the Middle East has taken a turn for the worse and is spreading throughout the region, as well as to parts of Asia, Europe and now the United States. US officials have just confirmed that a man who fell ill after returning from Saudi Arabia about a week ago has Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). 

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A Holistic View Of Evidence-Based Medicine: Of Horse, Cart And Whip

David Katz | The Huffington Post | May 2, 2014

...The Cleveland Clinic has recently introduced the use of herbal medicines as an option for its patients, generating considerable media attention...One might argue, from the perspective of evidence based medicine, that harsh treatment is warranted for everything operating under the banner of "alternative" medicine, or any of the nomenclature alternative to "alternative" -- such as complementary, holistic, traditional, or integrative...

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A New Drug In The Age Of Antibiotic Resistance

Cari Romm | The Atlantic | January 7, 2015

Two alarming figures from a report released last month by the U.K. government: By 2050, antibiotic resistance will cost the world a projected 10 million lives and $8 trillion each year...

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A Patient In Minnesota Has Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever. (Don’t Panic.)

Maryn McKenna | Wired | April 4, 2014

News from the Minnesota Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A Minnesota traveler returning from Africa has been hospitalized with what the CDC confirms to be Lassa fever, a viral hemorrhagic fever that is often lumped together with Ebola hemorrhagic fever, though they are caused by different organisms. Read More »

Africa Healthcare Set to Boom in 2014: Improving Africa's Future [UK]

Press Release | Africa Healthcare Summit | September 12, 2013

The Africa Healthcare Summit 2014 is the only event of its kind to bring large delegations of government ministers, senior hospital directors and healthcare professionals to Europe to network with international healthcare experts, investors and solution providers. Read More »

Africa: New Push On Malaria

Julie Strupp | allAfrica.com | November 22, 2013

Malaria researchers believe that better coordination and new technologies, such as the use of vaccines and sophisticated disease mapping, can inject new life into the ambitious goal of eradicating the deadly illness. Read More »

African Leaders Agree Steps To Fight Runaway Ebola Outbreak

Saliou Samb | Reuters | August 2, 2014

West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease.  The World Health Organisation and medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Friday the outbreak, which has killed 729 people in four West African countries, was out of control and more resources were urgently needed to deal with it...

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After Ebola, Liberia’s Health System on Path to Recovery

World Bank | Relief Web | June 7, 2017

Shirley Kamara, 37, an expectant mother, smiled as she received medical care at C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, just over 40 miles (68 km) north of Monrovia. “Our hospital is far better now since the Ebola outbreak,” she said. “We are encouraging our people to come here because everything is getting better.” C.H. Rennie Hospital in Liberia’s Margibi County was one of the facilities hardest-hit during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2014; 14 of its health workers died...

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Ahead Of Obama Visit, MSF Warns US Pressure On India Could Impact Access To Medicines For Millions

Staff Writer | MSF Access | January 21, 2014

Ahead of US President Obama’s visit to India, the international medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) expressed deep concern over the US government’s heightened efforts  to undermine access to affordable medicines from India—often called the ‘pharmacy of the developing world.’...

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Air Force Is Building Mini-Hospital In Liberia To Fight Ebola

Bob Brewin | Nextgov.com | October 7, 2014

The Air Force’s Air Combat Command has started installation of what its command surgeon, Brig. Gen. Sean Lee Murphy, described as “a mini-community hospital” in Liberia as part of the Defense Department’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa...

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Animal Antibiotics: FDA Rules Criticized As Weak As McDonald's

Ben Elgin and Andrew Martin | Bloomberg Businessweek | January 2, 2014

A delegation of public-health advocates filed into the suburban Chicago headquarters of McDonald’s (MCD) last January to deliver a tough message: A decade after the fast-food giant’s groundbreaking promise to reduce medically important antibiotics fed to the animals it buys, the policy had glaring loopholes and was having a questionable impact. Read More »

Antibiotic Pollution Of Waterways May Create Superbugs Of Tomorrow

Press Release | Macquarie University | August 6, 2015

A team from Macquarie University has proved for the first time that even low concentrations of antibiotics are polluting waterways, according to a study published today in Frontiers in Microbiology. Using low, realistic concentrations of antibiotics that might be found in waste water, the team showed a series of worrying effects on both environmental and clinical bacteria, including rearrangements of the bacterial DNA, changes in the colonies that the bacteria form, and most importantly, the evolution of antibiotic-resistant strains.

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Antibiotic Resistance: How Industrial Agriculture Lies With Statistics

Robert Lawrence | Huffington Post | January 23, 2014

...The website of the Alliance, a coalition of corporations and trade associations that make up a who's who of industrial agriculture, says the organization wants "to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today's food is grown and raised." It appears, however, that the organization is more concerned with countering increasing awareness of the public health and environmental harms associated with industrialized agriculture...

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Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Could Send Britain 'Back To The Dark Ages'

Sarah Ann Harris | Express | July 2, 2014

BRITAIN is facing the real prospect of heading “back to the dark ages” because of superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics...

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Antibiotics 'Fail 15%' Of Patients Due To Superbugs And ‘Reckless’ Prescription [United Kingdom]

Staff Writer | RT | September 26, 2014

One in seven patients can no longer be helped by antibiotics because they are increasingly ineffective after being handed out too freely by GPs. Experts warn that common infections could become potentially life-threatening for Britons...

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