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Antimicrobial stewardship preserves a ‘shared resource’

Gains in cancer survival at risk due to surge in multi-drug resistant superbugs

May 4, 2017 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

Antibiotics and other antimicrobials are unique among medications, a “shared resource” that we need to preserve, much as we steward our environment and natural resources, says Fred Hutch clinician-infectious disease researcher Dr. Catherine Liu. Overuse or misuse can lead to drug-resistant bugs that can then spread to new hosts and in some cases even spread their resistance genes to different microorganisms, posing a risk to society at large.

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Tracking the rise and fall of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Study pins numbers on outbreak’s devastation, interventions that worked

March 28, 2016 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

After a painstaking process collecting and analyzing information sent from nearly every chiefdom in Sierra Leone ― districts comparable to U.S. counties ― a team of biostatisticians including Fred Hutch’s Dr. Betz Halloran and Dr. Yang Yang of the University of Florida has published a new study that shows how the Ebola virus tore a swath through that country like an invading army.

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‘We’re all people’: Life lessons from a world away

Far from home at Christmas, a Ugandan researcher finds more unites than divides us

Dec. 24, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Margaret Lubwama is the latest physician-scientist from Uganda to undergo training as a research fellow with Fred Hutch's Global Oncology Program. Like the fellows before her, she is getting a cultural as well as an academic education. Far from home at Christmas, she has found that more unites than divides us.

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‘I pray that God will help me’: Treating Kaposi sarcoma in Uganda

Researchers are partnering to better understand infection-related cancers

May 15, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

Kaposi sarcoma, now rare in the United States, is a common cancer in Uganda, where researchers and physicians from the Uganda Cancer Institute and Fred Hutch are partnering to try to better learn how to treat infection-related cancers.

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How climate change, development may be hastening Ebola’s spread

Vaccines and therapeutics are needed, but the ecosystem also plays a key role in stopping the epidemic

Dec. 10, 2014 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

When it comes to Ebola, we’ve been worried about the wrong thing, says a renowned virologist. Media speculation that the virus could mutate to become airborne and be transmitted as easily as the flu caused such public concern that the World Health Organization in the fall felt compelled to issue a statement saying there is no evidence or anticipation that that will happen.

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Shredding the X chromosome: Wiping out female malaria-bearing mosquitos could halt disease

Scientists genetically modify mosquito responsible for spreading malaria so bugs produce mostly male offspring

June 27, 2014 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa

Scientists from Imperial College London and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have genetically modified the mosquito responsible for spreading malaria so the bugs produce mostly male offspring, a strategy that could eliminate the insect responsible for Africa's malaria plague.

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