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Jan 23, 2019

A new voice for promoting digital technologies in health practice worldwide

The Lancet Digital Health is a new open access journal that builds on The Lancet’s tradition as an advocate for health. This monthly journal is committed to publishing high-quality original research, comment, and correspondence contributing to promoting digital technologies in health practice worldwide. By bringing together the most important advances in this multidisciplinary field, The Lancet Digital Health aspires to be the most prominent publishing venue in digital health.

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Jan 22, 2019

Readying the world for maternal RSV vaccine

By getting vaccinated in pregnancy, mothers can safeguard themselves and their infants in the first few vulnerable months of life against certain diseases. This strategy is a powerful approach for reaching two stages of life often underserved by current immunization programs—pregnancy and early infancy.

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Jan 7, 2019

Developing a vaccine for Ebola – the case for coordination and preparedness

The first research showing that VSV-ZEBOV vaccine could help protect against Ebola brought sighs of relief. It was an incredible and humbling achievement that had only been possible due to the global collaboration of researchers, NGOs, governments, industry and funders – all working towards a unified goal.

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Dec 26, 2018

12 innovations that will revolutionize the future of medicine

I would never have met Harriett were it not for our mutual friend, Linda. I’m a physician in Northern California; Harriett’s a communications executive in New York City. Linda co-founded an online personal genomics company, to which Harriett and I each sent our genetic information for analysis.

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Dec 19, 2018

It’s time for a bill of data rights

It is the summer of 2023, and Rachel is broke. Sitting in a bar one evening, browsing job ads on her phone, she gets a text message. Researchers doing a study on liver function have gotten her name from the bar’s loyalty program—she’d signed up to get a happy-hour discount on nachos. They’re offering $50 a week for access to her phone’s health data stream and her bar tab for the next three months.

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Dec 17, 2018

Vaccines group plots path through conflict, instability, epidemics

More children worldwide are now immunized against killer diseases but the task has become harder due to conflicts, epidemics, urbanization and migration, the head of a global vaccine group said.

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Dec 3, 2018

Flu virus is a master shape-shifter

An influenza virus infecting a single cell can produce offspring with a wide variety of shapes, maximizing the virus’s chance of escaping attack by antiviral therapies.

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Dec 1, 2018

Beating the world’s deadliest disease against all odds

When it comes to stopping childhood pneumonia, the odds are stacked against the poor and vulnerable; but vaccines can give them a fighting chance. In 2009, approximately 3,400 children died of pneumonia every day. Now, with investments in pneumonia prevention and treatment – including the introduction and scale up of two vaccines to prevent the most common causes of pneumonia death, Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcus – that number has fallen to 1,000.

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Nov 6, 2018

No, you cannot get the flu from a vaccine: Here’s why

Flu vaccines are made using flu viruses. But there’s a simple reason that they keep us healthy without giving us the flu. The virus in the vaccine has been killed. When scientists are making the annual flu injection, they use heat or other processes to ‘inactivate’ the virus. This means it cannot infect us. Thanks science!

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Oct 27, 2018

Op-Ed: Protecting Africa’s invisible children, the case for birth registration and a digital identity

Universal health coverage (UHC) is the vision that all countries provide affordable, quality preventive and curative healthcare to every person, everywhere. Besides helping to end extreme poverty and prevent 10 million deaths by 2035, this Sustainable Development Goal target is expected to also contribute to a grand convergence in health, where the poorest countries’ rates of mortality – infectious, infant and maternal – fall to levels currently only seen in the best performing middle income countries.

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