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Today's Headlines: November 8, 2018

Biological Agents & Infectious Diseases

Chickenpox Cases Up to 28 at Private School in North Carolina  (NBC News) Health officials say 28 private school students in North Carolina now have chickenpox in an outbreak that began last week. Go to article

Hong Kong Bird Flu Threat: H7N9 Virus Can Be Transmitted Through Respiratory Droplet, Japanese Research Confirms (Business Times) The health minister of Hong Kong vowed the government will remain vigilant over the threat of bird flu in the city as a new study from Japan confirmed H7N9 virus can be transmitted through respiratory droplets. Go to article


Government Affairs & National Security

8 Burning Questions for Pharma, as Washington Braces for a Health Policy Shakeup  (Stat)  Will House Democrats set their sights on high drug prices over Russian election hacking? Go to article

US Finding on Russia Chemical Weapons Paves Way for New Sanctions (Wall Street Journal) Russia has failed to show that it has halted the use of chemical and biological weapons, the State Department notified Congress Tuesday, a determination that paves the way for mandatory sanctions against the Kremlin and entities under its control. Go to article

 
Global Health Security

Statement on Yemen by Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO)  The current violence in Al Hudaydah is placing tens of thousands of already vulnerable people at risk, and preventing WHO from reaching them with the help they urgently need. The violence, now in close proximity to the area hospitals, is affecting the movement and safety of health staff, patients and ambulances, as well as the functionality of health facilities, leaving hundreds without access to treatment . Go to article
 
Politics and Pandemics  (NEJM) T his year marks the 100th anniversary of the deadliest event in U.S. history: The Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed more Americans than World Wars I and II combined. Go to article

 
Medicine & Public Health

Economic report on AMR interventions; Pioneering efforts against resistance; Poor public antibiotic knowledge 
(CIDRAP) A report today from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development  suggests that investment in a package of measures to reduce antimicrobial resistance could avert thousands of deaths each year and save money in the long run. Go to article

Three-step Hand Hygiene Protocol Improves Compliance  (Healio) In a clinical setting, a three-step hand hygiene protocol resulted in higher compliance with both hand hygiene technique and indications compared with the six-step method endorsed by WHO, according to study findings. Go to article

 
Other 21st Century Threats

  Chemistry Graduate Student Admits Poisoning Colleague with Carcinogen  (ChemistryWorld)  Graduate student Zijie Wang has pleaded guilty to poisoning a co-worker in the chemistry labs at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Go to article

Kim Jong Un Slow Walks Nuke Talks, Woos S Korean Investors (AP) The two-lane highway south from North Korea's Mount Kumgang into and across the Demilitarized Zone is lined by tall green fences and street lamps that are only turned on for special occasions. Go to article


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