Health

U.S. Challenges World to Intensify Global Fight against Antibiotic Resistance

The United States, on September 25, announced during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, The AMR Challenge—the most ambitious global initiative to date to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance (AR or AMR).

Newborn syphilis cases more than double in four years, reaching 20-year high

Reported cases of congenital syphilis – syphilis passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy or delivery – have more than doubled since 2013, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released by the Centers for...

NIH-funded genome centers to accelerate precision medicine discoveries

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EPA Again Drags Its Feet On Banning A Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Children

On September 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case in which it decided that the EPA must ban chlorpyrifos within 60 days.

New roadmap to prevent and treat tuberculosis in children and adolescents

A new action plan outlining measures to prevent and treat tuberculosis (TB) in children and adolescents was launched by global tuberculosis (TB) leadership in advance of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level meeting on TB on September 24,...

Harmful use of alcohol kills more than 3 million people each year, most of them men

More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), on September 21. This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men...

WHO launches first investment case to save up to 30 million lives

On September 19, WHO published its first investment case, setting out the transformative impacts on global health and sustainable development that a fully-financed WHO could deliver over the next five years.

NIH launches study to test combination antibody treatment for HIV infection

A clinical trial testing infusions of combination antibodies in people living with HIV has begun at the National Institutes of Health. The early phase clinical trial will evaluate whether periodic infusions of two highly potent, HIV-specific, broadly...

WHO calls for urgent action to end TB

Fewer people fell ill and died from tuberculosis (TB) last year but countries are still not doing enough to end TB by 2030, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). Although global efforts have averted an estimated 54 million TB deaths since 2000,...

Indonesia Aiming to Give All Children Best Start in Life by Addressing Stunting

Indonesia is committed to give its future generations the best start in life, and with its robust growth and declining poverty the nation is on track to do so. However, with high rates of child stunting, this outcome will require a breakthrough in its...