Topic: infectious diseases

Global health news: Misconceptions about AIDS

The 18th International AIDS conference takes place July 18-23. In an op-ed for Reuters, AIDS researcher Daniel Halperin, a lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Population, discusses four misconceptions about the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Link to article More information: HIV/AIDS…

Study digs into secrets of keeping HIV in check

Certain HIV-infected patients — about one in every 200 to 300 — are able to resist the AIDS virus for years. It appears these people have immune system cells that are better able to detect and kill HIV-infected cells, according to a…

Using media—and Muppets—to promote health

February 26, 2013 -- A small girl in Tanzania is getting ready to go to sleep. She is tucked safely in her bed, surrounded by mosquito netting. “Hey mosquito, I hear you, but you can’t get at me,” she says. “My net…

Burma: A central battleground for malaria control

Despite progress in the global fight against malaria over the past decade, the emergence in Southeast Asia of malaria parasites resistant to artemisinin — the standard drug used to treat the disease — raises serious new challenges. While some impacted nations are…

HSPH researchers help boost public health in India

Harvard’s connections in India—research collaborations, academic exchanges and partnerships, business ventures involving alumni and faculty—have expanded in recent years, in tandem with the country’s rapid growth. Those connections, including efforts spearheaded by Barry R. Bloom, [[Atul Gawande]], and [[Richard Cash]] of Harvard…

Alumna hopes video will help stem the cholera tide

February 9, 2012 -- A new animated video about cholera—how people get infected, how it spreads, and how to treat it—is drawing attention from health workers around the globe. The video’s producer, Deborah Van Dyke, is a nurse practitioner in Vermont, a longtime…

William Foege awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

May 10, 2012 Former CDC Director and Global Health Champion Helped Eradicate Smallpox Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) alumnus William Foege, MPH ’65, legendary for his work in the late 1970s to eradicate smallpox, has been named one of 13 recipients…

Chagas disease dubbed “The new AIDS of the Americas”

Chagas disease, a potentially deadly ailment that afflicts an estimated 8 to 11 million people worldwide, has been dubbed “the new AIDS of the Americas” in an editorial in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. According to a May 28, 2012 New…