Topic: infectious diseases

Bird flu research needs broader discussion

HSPH infectious disease expert Marc Lipsitch is concerned that the public has shown little interest in the debate over the potential risks and benefits of conducting bird flu research. There needs to be a much broader conversation that goes beyond the scientific…

Minimizing the risk of infections at the gym

Staph, funguses, wart viruses, cold and flu bugs—all are lurking at the gym, according to William Hanage, HSPH associate professor of epidemiology. So it’s important to take precautions. Quoted in the Boston Globe Oct. 5, 2011, Hanage offered a number of suggestions…

Where do we stand in the fight against AIDS?

More than 23,000 delegates from over 195 countries are gathered this week (July 22-27, 2012) in Washington, D.C., for the XIX International AIDS Conference. Richard G. Marlink, Beal Professor of the Practice of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and…

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…