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July 28, 2014

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July 25, 2014

Census Bureau Updates HIV-AIDS Research Library

The U.S. Census Bureau this week announced the annual update of its database of scientific journals and reports on HIV-AIDS research. The agency touts the library as the “most comprehensive resource of its kind in the world.”

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July 17, 2014

FDA Lab With Smallpox Vials Had Other Dangerous Biological Agents

The Food and Drug Administration lab on the NIH campus where six vials of smallpox were discovered also had biological agents causing such diseases including dengue, influenza, Q fever, and rickettsia, government officials have disclosed.

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Anthrax Incident at CDC: ‘Insufficient Culture of Safety’

A recent incident during which workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were potentially exposed to anthrax is part of a larger pattern of “an insufficient culture of safety,” Director Thomas R. Frieden told a House committee.

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July 16, 2014

White House Unveils HIV/AIDS Strategy; House Funds DC Program

The White House on Tuesday announced a National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The objective of the plan is to reduce new HIV infections and increased access to treatment, along with improved federal agency and local agency coordination. (The U.N.’s AIDS organization also released a report Tuesday on the global progress against the disease.)

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By Paul Jenks Posted at 1:30 p.m.
Disease Control

Ending the AIDS Epidemic? U.N. Says It’s Possible

It’s possible to bring AIDS under control so it’s “no longer a public health threat” by 2030, U.N. officials said today in Geneva, according to Agence France-Presse.

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July 11, 2014

‘Whoops!’ on the Smallpox Find

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a notice this week on the discovery of vials of the smallpox virus in a Food and Drug Administration laboratory storeroom at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The surprising find prompted this weekend’s  Economist magazine, in an article titled “Whoops!,” to review the debate over keeping samples of the easily transmitted virus, which the  World Health Organization declared eradicated in 1980.

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July 8, 2014

Rare Pediatric and Neglected Tropical Diseases: FDA Responds With Guidance

Capitol Hill asks for a lot of things in legislation, and federal agencies eventually do respond. The FDA issued reactions recently to two requests made in bills enacted prior to the current Congress.

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HHS Agency Tangles on the Border

The White House today will unveil an emergency spending request to primarily address a child migration crisis on the southern border. The current deluge of unaccompanied children at the border is largely portrayed in the media as an immigration enforcement policy crisis, but the issue also impacts programs and spending for a quiet branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

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