Health

New supplemental awards boost NIH funding for research on Down syndrome

“We have a unique opportunity to improve health outcomes for those with Down syndrome by increasing their inclusion in research,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “People with Down syndrome are at risk for many of the same conditions...

NIH-led task force submits recommendations on research needs for pregnant women and nursing mothers

The Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC) has submitted to the Secretary of Health and Human Services final recommendations for research on therapies used by pregnant women and nursing mothers.

WHO calls for increased investment to reach the goal of a toilet for all

The world will not reach the goal of universal sanitation coverage – where every person in the world has access to toilets that safely contain excreta – by 2030 unless countries make comprehensive policy shifts and invest more funds, WHO warned as it...

Heads of State commit to lead response to beat noncommunicable diseases, promote mental health

Heads of state and government committed to 13 new steps to tackle noncommunicable diseases including cancers, heart and lung diseases, stroke, and diabetes, and to promote mental health and well-being, on September 27.

Saint Lucia to Improve its Health Coverage

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved US$20 million from the International Development Association for strengthening Saint Lucia’s public health care system by improving accessibility, efficiency and responsiveness of key health...

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year

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A health worker checks a patients blood sugar levels with blood glucose meter.

Therapy applied directly inside the eye best for treating uveitic macular edema

Delivery of corticosteroids directly into the eye is more effective than injections adjacent to the eye, according to results from a comparative clinical trial of macular edema in patients with noninfectious uveitis. The study was funded by the...

Combination HIV antibody infusions safely maintain viral suppression in select individuals

A small group of people living with HIV sensitive to two potent anti-HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies (link is external) (bNAbs) — 3BNC117 and 10-1074 — tolerated multiple infusions of the antibodies and suppressed HIV for more than 15 weeks after...

NIH releases strategic plan to address tuberculosis research

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious cause of death worldwide, killing roughly 1.6 million people in 2017. In the past 200 years, TB claimed the lives of more than 1 billion people — more deaths than from malaria, influenza, smallpox, HIV/AIDS...

Fecal microbiota transplantation helps restore beneficial bacteria in cancer patients

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have shown that autologous fecal microbiota transplantation (auto-FMT) is a safe and effective way to help replenish beneficial gut bacteria in cancer patients who require intense antibiotics...