May 31, 2014
A roundup of news on drug resistance and other topics in global health.
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Researchers have identified an antigen, PfSEA-1, which generates antibodies that can hinder the ability of malaria parasites to reproduce. This could open the door to potential future malaria vaccines. [Vaccine News Daily]
The Center for Science in the Public Interest this week filed a lawsuit against the USDA for failing to protect the public by allowing the sale of Salmonella-contaminated meat to continue through a legal loophole. [Medical Daily]
For the first time in a decade, the number of confirmed tuberculosis cases in New York City has increased. Many fear that budget cuts, which have led to the closure of TB clinics, may contribute to a further rise in TB cases. [Aljazeera]
With measles cases in the US on the rise, vaccination against the virus remains as important as ever. [Washington Post]
A report by Health Protection Scotland says that progess has stalled in reducing the number of hospital-acquired infections. [BBC]
The Indian government is considering bringing drugs to treat cancer, HIV and malaria, which remain expensive as they are not on the country s essential medicines list, under a price control mechanism. [Economic Times]
Adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection to the cleaning regimen at medical facilities could decrease certain healthcare-associated infections by around 20%, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. [Science Codex]
Julian Parkhill of the University of Cambridge discusses how genomics can help to tackle antibiotic resistance. [SciDevNet]
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