Global News Round Up

Politics & Policies

Election campaigns are light on science. But once a new president is in office, technical issues have a way of demanding attention.

Hillary Clinton affirmed women’s right to abortion while Donald said he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who oppose it.

Global Health Council (GHC), announced today that it has named Loyce Pace, a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 10 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates, as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Two weeks after congress allocated $1.1 billion in supplemental funding to fight Zika, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today during a teleconference how the pie of Zika funding will be sliced among major players.

Who will be the World Health Organization’s next director-general? In September, the U.N. agency announced the six nominees, four men and two women.

The next WHO Director-General faces major challenges: operational responsibilities for epidemic response, universal health coverage (UHC), and the rise of non-communicable diseases.

Programs

Purdue’s chapter of Timmy Global Health and the Purdue Student Engineering Council are teaming up to host an event to contribute to Quito, Ecuador, where Timmy works with people in need of medical assistance.

Research

The Zika virus outbreak in the Americas has caused global concern. To help accelerate this fight against Zika, we launched the OpenZika project.

This is the first study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of switching to E/C/F/TAF in HIV/HBV-coinfected adults. One year after switching from predominantly TDF-based regimens to E/C/F/TAF, participants maintained high rates of HIV and HBV suppression, had improved renal function, and reduced biomarkers of bone turnover, consistent with other E/C/F/TAF studies.

Accumulating evidences have assigned a central role to parasite-derived proteins in immunomodulation.  Here, we report on the proteomic identification and characterization of immunomodulatory excretory-secretory (ES) products from the metacestode larva (tetrathyridium) of the tapeworm Mesocestoides corti (syn. M. vogae).

In this study, SIV-infected rhesus macaques were treated with an antiretroviral drug for 90 days and in addition they were treated with a specific antibody for 23 weeks. After finishing this therapy, all macaques showed sustained control of the infection as almost no SI viruses could be detected in the blood and gastro-intestinal tissues.

Diseases & Disasters

TV crew filmed as a 15th century church spectacularly collapsed in Italy yesterday as the country was rocked by a string of powerful earthquakes.

Across the globe, poor diets now pose a greater collective health risk than unsafe sex, alcohol, drugs and tobacco use combined.

Briefing the United Nations General Assembly on the humanitarian situation in Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the urgency of additional resources to help respond to the dire needs on the island.

Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through Haiti 13 days ago, has left more than 700,000 people in an “extremely difficult situation.” United Nations Special Adviser David Nabarro said today, and while steady progress is being made, led by Haitians themselves, the response must be accelerated as the needs are still great, frustrations are high, and access to hard-hit areas remains tough.

Using a recently developed technology for analyzing DNA, the scientists found dozens of genes and two major biological pathways that are likely involved in the development of the disorder but had not been uncovered in previous genetic studies of schizophrenia.

Household air pollution created by using wood, coal and other solid fuels for cooking and heating homes is a leading cause of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases worldwide.

Scientists in India will extract DNA from more than 20 skeletons of suspected victims of devastating floods in 2013 in the northern state of Uttarak.

Tuberculosis is killing more people than thought, yet governments are not doing enough to bring the debilitating infectious disease under control, the World Health Organisation has said.

Technology

The World Health Organization, drugmakers and humanitarian groups are hammering out details of new vaccine supply system aimed at getting vital shots to vulnerable people in crises such as wars or natural disasters.

A register of patients in England with breast and other cosmetic implants has been set up to allow them to be traced in the event of any safety concerns.

Environmental Health

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Coalition for Climate and Clean Air (CCAC) and the Government of Norway has launched a global awareness campaign in the dangers of air pollution – especially ‘invisible killers’ such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane – for the health of individuals and the planet.

Up to 122 million more people worldwide could be living in extreme poverty by 2030 as a result of climate change and its impacts on small-scale farmers’ incomes, a major UN report warned on Monday.

Equity & Disparities

Girls in developing countries are less likely than boys to complete schooling because of forced marriage, child labour and female genital mutulation, risking the opportunities presented by their largely young populations, said the study, launched in London.

Maternal, Neonatal & Children’s Health

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is contributing to severe health service delivery challenges: It impedes access to already highly vulnerable populations, slows delivery of medical supplies and drugs, and exacerbates shortages of health workers.

The “Midwives voices, midwives realities report 2016″ documents the voices and realities of 2470 midwifery personnel in 93 countries and describes, from their perspective, the barriers they experience to providing quality, respectful care for women, newborns and their families.

Bangladesh has a reasonably good network of health care facilities – most recently expanding the network of community based clinics. But it still suffers from a shortage and distribution of qualified health workers.

It was amazing and very educative as a jam-packed Parliament listened to children, especially girls conducting parliamentary session right in the Well of the Parliament of Sierra Leone as ‘Honourable Members of Parliament’ in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child.

Women aged 25 to 35 are the most likely group in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to access medication online to end a pregnancy, a study suggests.

One girl under the age 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children.

The global news round up was prepared by the communications team.

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