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Research is stifled by “regulation and conservatism,” conference hears

The medical research community has failed to respond to the threat of infectious diseases, Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, has warned. Speaking in London at the scientific conference for charity Médecins Sans Frontières, Farrar said that medical research was stifled by regulation and conservatism and hampered by fragmentation.  
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over 4 years ago
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The role of pathogen genomics in assessing disease transmission

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) of pathogens enables the sources and patterns of transmission to be identified during specific disease outbreaks and promises to transform epidemiological research on communicable diseases. This review discusses new insights into disease spread and transmission that have come from the use of WGS, particularly when combined with genomic scale phylogenetic analyses. These include elucidation of the mechanisms of cross species transmission, the potential modes of pathogen transmission, and which people in the population contribute most to transmission. Particular attention is paid to the ability of WGS to resolve individual patient to patient transmission events. Importantly, WGS data seem to be sufficiently discriminatory to target cases linked to community or hospital contacts and hence prevent further spread, and to investigate genetically related cases without a clear epidemiological link. Approaches to combine evidence from epidemiological with genomic sequencing observations are summarised. Ongoing genomic surveillance can identify determinants of transmission, monitor pathogen evolution and adaptation, ensure the accurate and timely diagnosis of infections with epidemic potential, and refine strategies for their control.  
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Research is stifled by “regulation and conservatism,” conference hears

The medical research community has failed to respond to the threat of infectious diseases, Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, has warned. Speaking in London at the scientific conference for charity Médecins Sans Frontières, Farrar said that medical research was stifled by regulation and conservatism and hampered by fragmentation.  
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over 4 years ago
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WHO should be able to impose sanctions on states that ban travel to countries with epidemics, panel says

The World Health Organization should have greater power to stop countries imposing trade and travel barriers on regions affected by outbreaks of infectious disease, the chair of a panel looking into WHO’s handling of the Ebola outbreak has said.  
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The top four modern killers in the west

Cancer, dementia, heart disease and new – or new strains of – infectious diseases are what modern westerners are dying of now  
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over 4 years ago
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Kozhikode doctors plan court action over claims by homeopaths

The Kozhikode branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) is planning to take legal action against the Indian Homeopathic Medical Association in response to misleading information about treating communicable diseases, The Hindu has reported.1  
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over 4 years ago
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HIV and ICU - Intensive Care Network

HIV and Intensive Care By Mark Thomas: New Zealand's premier infectious diseases and HIV guru discusses HIV and the ICU relevant issues. For ICN NZ.  
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over 4 years ago
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Treatment of certain infectious diseases is still exempt from charges for migrants

The appalling policy of charging migrants for NHS care is obviously a response to the government’s perceived need to crack down on foreigners under pressure from UKIP—a nasty and entirely political move, unsupported by economic, …  
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over 4 years ago
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Author’s reply to English and Potter

I would like to add a few remarks to the discussion on the efficacy of provisions for testing for and treating particular infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, for undocumented migrants.1 2 3 Such provisions exist in several European countries, although in a few countries only testing is available, and not treatment, which has obvious medical and ethical implications.  
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Highlighting risk of diseases is most effective in changing attitudes to vaccines, US study finds

Giving people information about the dangers posed by communicable diseases is more persuasive at convincing sceptics of the benefits of vaccination than trying to counter misconceptions about vaccine risks, a US study has shown.  
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about 4 years ago
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Evidence-based treatment for severe community-acquired pneumonia

Introduction  . Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) remains the leading cause of infectious disease death in developed countries.  Described by Sir William  
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about 4 years ago
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Twitter insights from the 2015 Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Conference - INTENSIVE

Check out the Twitter insights from the 2015 Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Conference held at The Alfred last week.  
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about 4 years ago
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Refugees pose little health risk, says WHO

The World Health Organization has sought to dispel any fears that refugees arriving in Europe may bring infectious diseases with them.  
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about 4 years ago
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Refugees pose little health risk, says WHO

The World Health Organization has sought to dispel any fears that refugees arriving in Europe may bring infectious diseases with them.  
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about 4 years ago
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The New Landscape of ABSSTI Treatment: Opportunities to Improve Patient Care CME

This activity is intended for infectious disease specialists and emergency medicine physicians, internal medicine/primary care physicians, and hospitalists.  
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about 4 years ago
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Should I get a flu vaccine this year? - Nebraska Medicine

Infectious disease specialist Mark Rupp, MD recommends anyone older than six months of age receive a flu vaccine. Despite unproven theories which tend to cir...  
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about 4 years ago
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Company Hikes Price of Popular Drug

Officials at Turing Pharmaceuticals are defending a dramatic increase in the price of a drug used to treat infectious diseases.  
medscape.com
about 4 years ago
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Reader Poll: Was the Price Hike for Daraprim Too High?

The cost of prescription drugs continues to cause controversy after the price increase of a 62-year-old infectious disease drug.  
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about 4 years ago
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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in pilgrims returning from the Hajj

Last month around two million international pilgrims travelled to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to join in the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage before returning home to their countries of origin. Crowded close human and animal contact has caused previous communicable disease outbreaks.1 Coronaviruses2 such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), have resulted in nosocomial outbreaks characterised by early nosocomial super-spreading events and transmission patterns involving healthcare workers. This poses great clinical concern as a potential cause of epidemics and threat to global health.  
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about 4 years ago