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zaterdag 7 juli 2018

The Lancet: [Comment] Ebola virus disease: 11 323 deaths later, how far have we come?

[Comment] Ebola virus disease: 11 323 deaths later, how far have we come?
An ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, has caused 57 suspected, probable, and confirmed cases as of June 16, 2018.1 The spread of cases across remote communities and into Mbandaka, a city with land and river connections to Kinshasa and Congo (Brazzaville), has made this the most challenging Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to respond to. As the first major Ebola virus disease outbreak since 2014, the current outbreak holds additional meaning as a test of recent progress by the international community toward global health security objectives.
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[Perspectives] The NHS at 70: the story of our lives
"Time present and time past/ Are both perhaps present in time future/ And time future contained in time past" wrote T S Eliot in his poem "Burnt Norton" in Four Quartets, completed during World War 2. History is our compass for moving between past, present, and future. As the UK's National Health Service (NHS) celebrates its 70th anniversary on July 5, I want to pose a set of questions around the importance of history for this unique British institution. What sort of history matters? Where do we find it? What does it tell us? How can we use it? The NHS anniversary is distinct from other historical events because there are still living witnesses.
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[Perspectives] Elias Mossialos: breaking down borders between politics and health
Doctor, academic, teacher, politician, and policy adviser. This combination of skills is at the core of Elias Mossialos's achievements in shaping health policy in many countries. As Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Imperial College London for the past 15 years, he is as committed to rigorous research as he is to changing practice in health-care systems. "I want to bring ideas out of the lecture hall and into health systems", he says. Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is clear about Mossialos's contribution to global health policy developments, "Elias has spent his professional life breaking down borders.
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[Perspectives] NHS on screen
The camera is—almost always—kind to the UK's National Health Service (NHS), to its patients, to its staff, to the institution itself. And that is not, and has not been, the case for many other parts of Britain's welfare state. But whether in drama or documentary, the camera tends to love, caress, and cradle the NHS.
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[Articles] Causes and incidence of community-acquired serious infections among young children in south Asia (ANISA): an observational cohort study
Non-attribution of a cause in a high proportion of patients suggests that a substantial proportion of pSBI episodes might not have been due to infection. The predominance of bacterial causes among babies who died, however, indicates that appropriate prevention measures and management could substantially affect neonatal mortality. Susceptibility of bacterial isolates to first-line antibiotics emphasises the need for prudent and limited use of newer-generation antibiotics. Furthermore, the predominance of atypical bacteria we found and high incidence of respiratory syncytial virus indicated that changes in management strategies for treatment and prevention are needed.
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