Thursday, October 23, 2014
  1. Ebola in America

    Abdul El-Sayed

    Ebola in America


     says that the arrival of Ebola in the US is a wake-up call not to cut public-health funding.

    Ebola drug research US Army Africa/Flickr

    Despite the arrival of Ebola in the US, a serious outbreak is unlikely to occur, thanks to the strength of the US health agencies. But budget cuts introduced over the past decade could jeopardize the fight against any future epidemic. READ MORE

  2. The End of Ebola

    Abdul Tejan-Cole

    The End of Ebola


     calls for an open-source approach to developing and deploying treatments and vaccines.

    Ebola workers Marcus Dipaola/ZumaPress

    The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only the lives of West Africans, but also the social and economic progress that their countries have made in the last decade. As health workers labor tirelessly to manage the epidemic, researchers have a limited window of opportunity to learn how to treat Ebola and prevent future outbreaks. READ MORE

  3. New Battlegrounds in Development Finance

    Nancy Alexander

    New Battlegrounds in Development Finance

    &  are skeptical about how the financing of infrastructure projects will affect developing economies.

    Brazil road pavers Thomas Sennett/Flickr

    Infrastructure financing in the developing world is relying increasingly on public-private partnerships. The new appeal of PPPs may redefine not just development economics, but also the overall relationship between rich and poor countries – though not necessarily for the better. READ MORE

  4. Is Evidence-Based Medicine Broken?

    Trish Greenhalgh

    Is Evidence-Based Medicine Broken?


     asserts that medical-treatment decisions should integrate patients' experience of their illness.

    Evidence based medicine Esther Dyson/Flickr

    Last month, when the British Medical Journal asked its readers whether evidence-based medicine – defined by David Sackett as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients” – is broken, the responses were almost evenly split. What is the problem? READ MORE

  5. The Creditworthy Poor?

    Marcelo M. Giugale

    The Creditworthy Poor?


     warns that poor countries' recent access to bond markets heralds the return of well-known risks.

    Creditworthy poor

    Low-income countries are borrowing again – and at low rates – as investors scour global markets for decent yields. But low-income countries' access to private lenders comes with risks that should be highlighted at the outset, before they grow into imminent threats. READ MORE

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