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Joaquim Ruiz

Have we Forgotten About Basic Science?

Policy & Global Development Can we say that Mendel’s laws are central to genetics and Chargaff’s rules central to molecular biology? I think we can. I believe that many advances—both scientific and technological—in many areas of knowledge rest on foundations involving those principles. Why differentiate between scientific...
Elisabet Guiral

Avoiding Bacteria is in Your Hands

Antibiotic Resistance [This article has been jointly written by Jordi Vila, director of ISGlobal's Antibiotic Resistance Initiative and chief of the Clinical Microbiology Department at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, and by Elisabeth Guiral, researcher at ISGlobal] While the title of this...
Adolfo Martínez

The Nobel Prize and the “Morados de Chiapas”

Malaria In 1923, the son of a German coffee-grower that resided in Chiapas developed a mysterious skin disease. He was taken to Germany, to the Institute of Tropical and Naval Research in Hamburg, where he was diagnosed with onchocerciasis. This was the first news on the existence of the disease in...
Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Diesel or Petrol? Much More Than Just a Simple Question of Emissions

Environmental Health [This article has been jointly written by David Rojas-Rueda Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, researchers at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), a centre allied with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). Both of them will be among the panellists in the  IV...
Gonzalo Fanjul

Innovación farmacéutica: esto no es sano

Policy & Global Development [Esta entrada se publica de forma conjunta en el blog 3.500 millones , del diario El País] Durante el mes de diciembre de 2014 el brote de ébola en África occidental había superado los 20.000 infectados y los 8.000 muertos, en una batalla peleada a partes iguales con recursos...
Adelaida Sarukhan

How to Scientifically Dismantle the 4 main Anti-Vaccine Arguments

Immunization The anti-vaccine movement gained momentum more than a decade ago with the publication of a study (with 12 children) showing an association between the MMR vaccine and autism. Since then, the paper has been retracted (and its senior author discredited) because of data manipulation, and a dozen...
Jose Muñoz

Ivermectin: A Drug Worthy of a Nobel Prize, but Inaccessible for Those Who Need It

Malaria,Policy & Global Development The Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura has recently received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his discovery of ivermectin more than 30 years ago. Invermectin is best known for its extraordinarily broad spectrum of activity against nematodes, the roundworms that cause a large...
Joan Tallada

Infographic: 7 Things You'll Learn in the Diploma of Global Health Fundamentals

Training & Education The Diploma of Global Health Fundamentals is designed for professionals willing to acquire the essential understanding and skills to address health issues from a holistic approach. Since improving health and increasing both life expectancy and quality of life only partially depends on direct...
Anna Lucas

Adolescents Have Become Visible

Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health Approximately 1.2 billion people on the planet today are adolescents, a population group evenly distributed by sex that currently represents 18% of the world's population. The vast majority of this age group (88%) live in low and middle income countries. Although every human being aged under 18...
Jeffrey V. Lazarus

Hepatitis and the Sustainable Development Goals: Time for an End Run

Policy & Global Development [This blog was originally posted on BioMed Central’s blog network] Well it’s official. The governments of the world have committed to ending HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, but merely ‘combatting’ viral hepatitis. When the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt the ...

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