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A Depression Fighting Strategy That Could Go Viral

The New York Times

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A strategy for stopping widespread depression in developing countries should be as obvious as one for combatting epidemics. A new strategy aims to downshift jobs to local workers to act as peer therapists.

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Advancing TB Test Technology, Where It Matters Most

The New York Times

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Tuberculosis is still a rampant problem in the developing world. Doctors are looking for even more advanced ways to test for TB beyond the GeneXpert tests.

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An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths

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Child mortality rates are decreasing in Afghanistan due to more readily available basic health care, more effective vaccinations, and locally-trained volunteer health workers.

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An End to Polio in India?

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India has, for years, been a hotbed of polio. Supported by the WHO as well as local health-care workers, immunizations have officially ridded the country of the disease.

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At Year's End, News of a Global Health Success

The New York Times

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Child mortality rates in third-world countries are often shockingly high. But they are gradually decreasing due to efforts that target contagious diseases and more widespread health education.

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Fighting TB with a Drive-in Film and Test

The New York Times

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Slow test results makes it difficult to stop the spread of tuberculosis. Using faster diagnostic technology and driving vans to rural areas, GeneXpert is treating this curable disease in Tanzania.

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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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For V.A. Hospitals (and Patients), a Major Health Victory

The New York Times

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Although patients go to hospitals to receive medical care, many Americans will acquire infections that did not already have them. The United States as a whole has made modest progress at reducing the rates of hospital-acquired infections. Spearheading the efforts, the Veterans Affairs Medical Ce...

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Getting to Zero': Are We Close to a Cure for AIDS?

Pacific Standard

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For decades, AIDS has taken the lives of millions of people and infected millions more worldwide. The key to reducing the effect of AIDS, and even potentially curing it, involves treating patients as early as possible after being diagnosed with HIV, before the disease damages organs. San Francisc...

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How Iran Derailed a Health Crisis

The New York Times

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Two columns on how Iran is treating its massive epidemic of injecting drug use by tackling it as a health problem, effectively lowering H.I.V. rates among drug users using an approach to drugs known as harm reduction.

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