Research & Policy

148 articles
Paul Farmer on Working With, Not For, Developing Nations
Jul 13, 2012 | Alex Ocampo

Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health (PIH) and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School,...

Can Your Cat Cause Violent Behavior in Women?
Jul 12, 2012 | Muhammad Farid Abdul Rahman

While cats have been adored as pets for many years, these popular pets can be hosts to an interesting parasite. A Danish study published in July’s...

The War on Drugs' HIV Epidemic
Jul 10, 2012 | David Bui

According to a new report released by The Global Commission on Drug Policy, punitive anti-drug policies of the war on drugs have been fueling the HIV...

Pharmacies to Offer Free HIV Testing
Jul 5, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

Last week, the CDC and Walgreens announced the launch of a pilot program to deliver free HIV tests in 24 pharmacies and retail clinics across the...

Healthy Olympics 2012
Jul 3, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

After a historic 4-0 victory for Spain in the last match of the European soccer championship, the public eagerly awaits the start of the second great...

'Malaria-proof' Mosquitoes Bred in Laboratory
Jul 2, 2012 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

Scientists have developed a breed of mosquitoes that is resistant to malaria. By altering the DNA of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes, scientists at...

HHS Spotlights the “Silent Epidemic” During LGBTQ Pride Month
Jun 28, 2012 | Alex Ocampo

  Prevention of viral hepatitis receives well-deserved attention this June from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in observance...

New Test Detects Dengue Virus Faster
Jun 26, 2012 | David Bui

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new test to rapidly diagnose dengue infection in humans. The test, developed by the Centers for...

A Map of the Malaria Genome
Jun 25, 2012 | Jason Hayes

A new paper published in Nature indicates that scientists now know more about Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest species of malaria, than ever...

Did Scientists Just Discover a Cure for Ebola?
Jun 22, 2012 | Jane Huston

Scientists in Canada announced the successful treatment of Ebola viral infection in monkeys. The encouraging results were published in the journal...

FDA Approves New Vaccine to Protect Kids Against Meningitis
Jun 21, 2012 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

Federal regulators approved a new vaccine that could prevent bacterial meningitis in young children. Studies show that the combination vaccine,...

From Poor to Rich: The Migration of the Plague in the United States
Jun 21, 2012 | Alex Ocampo

The plague, once a disease affecting mostly lower socioeconomic communities in the United States, has made a shift to middle and upper class...

Number of Parents Altering Vaccine Schedules on the Rise
Jun 20, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

A new report published in the journal Pediatrics shows that the number of parents delaying or limiting their children’s vaccinations more than...

Hitchhiking Virus Escapes Immune System to Fight Cancer
Jun 19, 2012 | David Bui

A new study published in the Science Translational Medicine journal reveals the discovery of how the reovirus, the virus associated with the common...

EFSA Measures Impact of Schmallenberg in the EU
Jun 18, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

In December 2011, HealthMap reported on a devastating new virus plaguing cattle and sheep farmers in Germany. Now, six months later, the European...

Math Model to Predict Malaria Outbreaks in Africa
Jun 18, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

Researchers from Ethiopia and Norway have created a mathematical model that can predict a malaria outbreak up to two months before it actually occurs...

Where Have All the Bees Gone?
Jun 15, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

The mysterious and alarming decline in bee populations worldwide has raised a wide variety of hypotheses, ranging from the bizarre, namely alien...

Light: Enemy of Vampires and…Bacteria?
Jun 8, 2012 | Adham Abdel Mottalib

Since the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, scientists have been involved in a hectic battle against bacteria, which in turn have...

The Bond Between a Parasite’s Parasite and a Zombie Ant
Jun 5, 2012 | Jason Hayes

After taking control of the ant’s brain and forcing it to act on its behalf, the fungus erupts out of the ant’s head to reproduce. The fungal...

CDC Recommends Hepatitis C Testing for All Baby Boomers
May 24, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

Last Friday, the day before the first National Hepatitis Testing Day, the CDC announced a new recommendation that all “baby boomers” (those born...

Artificial Immune System to Further Vaccine Development
May 23, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

Sanofi Pasteur, a prominent vaccine manufacturer, has developed an artificial immune system that can replicate human immune responses to vaccines and...

UNAIDS and Algeria to Build Region's First HIV/AIDS Research Center
May 21, 2012 | David Scales

Earlier this month the UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Algerian Ministry of Health announced their cooperation in building a dedicated HIV/...

HIV Testing Moves Closer to Home
May 17, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may soon approve the first over-the-counter at home HIV test that delivers results within 20 minutes....

New Research Explores Important Immune Reactions in the Skin
May 16, 2012 | David Scales

At HealthMap we study infectious diseases, but we often overlook the only reason infectious diseases become important: because our immune systems let...

East African Bill Rejects HIV Criminalization Clause
May 15, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

On April 23, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) passed the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Management Bill, which outlines progressive...

Vermont Talks Vaccines
May 2, 2012 | Jason Hayes

In Vermont, the current debate over whether to get rid of “philosophical exemptions” to childhood vaccines mirrors rising skepticism about vaccine-...

Inadequate FDA Antibiotic Policy Spurs Criticism
Apr 27, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent recommendations on antimicrobials in animal food production gave rise to a myriad of opinions...

Fungi Present Increasing Threat to Plant and Animal Life
Apr 24, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

Members of the scientific community suggest that the threat posed by certain fungi has been underestimated. Existing and emerging infectious diseases...

Protect Your World: Get Vaccinated!
Apr 23, 2012 | Jane Huston

The World Health Organization celebrates World Immunization Week from April 21 to April 28. This year, the week coincides with exciting developments...

The Bird Flu that Man Built: Controversial H5N1 Research to be Published in Part
Apr 18, 2012 | Jason Hayes

  One of the many articles about Dr. Ron Fouchier’s mutated strain of H5N1 is titled “The Deadliest Virus” and printed with a menacing illustration...

Possible New Virus Discovered In Kawasaki Research
Apr 13, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

“Kawasaki? I thought that was a motorcycle.” This was my mother’s response when I told her my topic for this week’s article. She is not alone in her...

Is Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreading?
Apr 12, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

Early this month, two studies were published in Science and The Lancet, each with evidence of artemisinin-resistance along the Thailand-Myanmar...

Haiti: Waiting to Vaccinate
Apr 11, 2012 | Jane Huston

Time is ticking as aid organizations wait to launch a vaccination campaign against cholera in Haiti. The heavy seasonal rains have already begun to...

Research Shows Dengue Makes Mosquitoes Hungrier, Better Feeders
Apr 6, 2012 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

  Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announced that dengue virus infection in mosquitoes could make them hungrier and...

On Antimalarials and Afghanistan Shootings
Apr 5, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

  On March 11, American Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly killed 17 Afghan civilians. Amidst the media buzz, reporters, psychiatrists, and even...

National Public Health Week Recognizes Communicable Disease Prevention
Apr 4, 2012 | Jane Huston

This week, the American Public Health Association (APHA) observes National Public Health Week (NPHW). Since 1995, communities around the country have...

Digital Disease Detection: Public Health by the “Web Kids”
Mar 29, 2012 | Anna Tomasulo

In his essay, “We, the Web Kids,” Polish poet and pundit Piotr Czerski writes: “We don’t use the Internet…we live on the Internet and along it…...

Stop TB in My Lifetime
Mar 23, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

Every year on March 24, the Stop TB Partnership encourages us to observe World TB Day, a day designed to raise awareness and knowledge of the disease...

SARS Rumor Lands Man in Chinese Labor Camp
Mar 1, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

  Police sentenced the man responsible for spreading the rumor of a new SARS outbreak in northern China during the previous week to two years of “re...

How Many Died from Malaria in 2010?
Feb 10, 2012 | Jane Huston

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated global malaria deaths in 2010 to be around 655,000 but recent research suggests it may be nearly twice...