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Are Health Workers Delivering For Women? And Are We Delivering For Health Workers?

Rebecca Kohler | CapacityPlus | June 10, 2013

In 2010, an estimated 287,000 women died from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Of these deaths, 85% occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. This represents a global decline of 47% since 1990—but falls disappointingly short of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target of 75%. Read More »

Bacteria’s Ability To Resist Drugs An International Issue

Barbara Dickworth | The Western Producer | November 28, 2014

Global surveillance needed | Countries take action on antibiotic use...

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Big Data: Benefits, Drawbacks In Addressing Ebola

Norman Rozenberg | Tech Page One | August 20, 2014

An Ebola outbreak showed the importance of public health awareness and meaningful interventions, but big data’s role in this has yet to be seen...

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Big Pharma Plays Hide-The-Ball With Data

Ben Wolford | Newsweek | November 13, 2014

...[E]vidence released earlier this year by  Cochrane Collaboration, a London-based nonprofit, shows that a significant amount of negative data from [Tamiflu's] clinical trials were hidden from the public. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew about it, but the medical community did not; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which doesn’t have the same access to unpublished data as regulators, had recommended the drug without being able to see the full picture...

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Bill Gates Won’t Save You From The Next Ebola

Robert Fortner | Huffington Post | April 30, 2017

In late August 2014, Tom Frieden, then director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traveled to West Africa to assess the raging Ebola crisis. In the five months before Frieden’s visit, Ebola had spread from a village in Guinea, across borders and into cities in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Médecins Sans Frontières, the first international responder on the scene, had run out of staff to treat the rising numbers of sick people and had deemed the outbreak “out of control” back in June...

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Bill Gates Won’t Save You From The Next Ebola Outbreak

Robert Fortner and Alex Park | HuffPost | May 1, 2017

In late August 2014, Tom Frieden, then director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traveled to West Africa to assess the raging Ebola crisis. In the five months before Frieden’s visit, Ebola had spread from a village in Guinea, across borders and into cities in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Médecins Sans Frontières, the first international responder on the scene, had run out of staff to treat the rising numbers of sick people and had deemed the outbreak “out of control” back in June...

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Biotech Democratized: Open Medical Record System

Irsyad Ramthan | Biotechin.Asia | July 22, 2016

Proper management of medical records represents not only a significant technical challenge, but it is also a vital public health tool to ensure proper management of epidemics as well as quality of patient care among other things. In countries with more abundant resources such as the United States, proprietary solutions for managing medical records are the norm, which is perfectly reasonable given that the providers of these solutions are accountable for the security and integrity of the data...

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Boston Trackers Chart Ebola Outbreak

Lindsay Kalter | BizSmart | August 14, 2014

HealthMap.org, a high-tech infectious disease tracking system run by Boston epidemiologists, has emerged as a critical tool in the battle against Ebola in West Africa — tracking its rapid and unusual spread ahead of official reports by monitoring thousands of local news and social media sources...

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By 2050, Superbugs Will Kill 10 Million People A Year

Gwynn Guilford | Quartz | December 23, 2014

A scourge is emerging across the rich and poor worlds alike, one that will claim 10 million lives a year by mid-century. Watch out for the “superbugs”—pathogens that even antibiotics can’t kill...

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Camels And Contagion: Inside Global Hunt For Source Of MERS

Cynthia Gorney | National Geographic | May 13, 2014

With another case of the virus confirmed in the U.S., virus detectives are tracing its spread.

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CDC Closes Labs After Anthrax, Bird Flu And Small Pox Scares

David Ludwig | Government Executive | July 14, 2014

Days after the discovery of small pox vials in a NIH medical laboratory in Bethesda, the Center For Disease Control announced Friday that labs connected to anthrax and bird flu scares would be temporarily closed...

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CDC Director On Ebola: ‘The Window Of Opportunity Really Is Closing’

Maryn McKenna | WIRED | September 2, 2014

...Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave a lengthy press conference immediately after returning to the US from a visit to the Ebola zone. Frieden has shown in the past that he knows how to be outspoken in a very strategic way; yet even so, the urgency of his language, and his call for an immediate, comprehensive global response, was striking...

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CDC Tracks Cell Phone Location Data To Halt Ebola

Aliya Sternstein | Nextgov.com | October 9, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the approximate locations of cell phone users in West Africa who dial emergency call centers in an effort to predict the onset and spread of Ebola outbreaks...It’s one of the high-tech approaches the U.S. government is piloting to stop the spread of the disease...

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Chikungunya Has Sickened More Than 10,000 In Puerto Rico

Liz Szabo and Karen Weintraub | USA Today | December 4, 2014

It's an unfamiliar tropical virus with an exotic name that causes painful symptoms and has no known treatment or vaccine. It's spreading in the USA...

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Childbirth Death Is Way More Likely In The US Than The UK, And It’s Getting Worse

Rachel Feltman | Quartz | May 2, 2014

The US is one of only eight countries to see an increase in childbirth-related deaths since 2003, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. While maternal mortality has dropped by 3.1% in developed countries (and 1.3% globally) since 1990, it increased by 1.7% in the US during the same time period...

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