Global health briefs

January / February 2018 | Volume 17, Number 1

Scientists explore ways to combat AMR

To help address the global issue of antimicrobial resistance, the U.S. National Academies recently held a session to consider the issue through the One Health lens. The workshop explored ways to strengthen systems to counter infectious disease threats to human, animal and environmental health. A summary of the proceedings has been published.

WHO urges action against fake drugs

About 10 percent of drugs circulating in developing countries are substandard or falsified, according to new research. In two reports, the WHO details results of four years of global surveillance of fake medicines, and forecasts the potential financial and health impact.

DCP examines child and adolescent health

The Disease Control Priorities (DCP) project has announced new findings that show essential and scalable interventions are required beyond the first few years of life to ensure children achieve their full potential. The volume on child and adolescent health and development suggests cost-effective interventions are feasible, even in low-resource countries.

G-FINDER marks 10th anniversary

The tenth annual G-FINDER report finds that while global funding for neglected disease R&D is increasing, efforts to develop new tools are at risk because of an overreliance on just two funders: the U.S. government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

NIAID offers research tool

The NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has launched a tool to help researchers locate useful NIAID web-based resources to advance their work. Search queries can be filtered by disease, discipline or approach, research stage and resource type.

NICHD seeks mothers' input on pregnancy

To discover more about what pregnancy is really like, the NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has developed a research project called PregSource. Women everywhere are invited to share information about their pregnancy and overall health.

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