Topic: infectious diseases

As work on lethal bird flu research resumes, debate continues

Last week, an international group of scientists announced their intention to resume research on the potentially deadly H5N1 bird flu virus after a year’s hiatus, even as debate over the safety of the research continued. Researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in…

Alumnus Donald Hopkins works to end the scourge of Guinea worm

A New York Times profile of HSPH alumnus Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, describes his impressive efforts to battle Guinea worm disease and his prior involvement with the eradication of smallpox. Former deputy director and acting director of the Centers for Disease Control…

Reported cure of HIV-infected child generates widespread interest, hope

The news that a child in Mississippi has apparently been cured of HIV infection has generated widespread interest and cautious optimism among AIDS researchers. The child—born to an untreated HIV-positive mother—was started on an aggressive combination of anti-AIDS drugs just 30 hours…