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UN Treaty Cracks Down On Heated Tobacco Products

Big tobacco companies moved to the hard line taken by a global tobacco control treaty, including its decision that new "vaping" products should face the same restrictions as cigarettes. A meeting of the state parties to the UN Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded last week with a number of anti-industry rulings, including increased efforts to curb industry influence and a call to crack down on new products.

Ebola Cases Doubled Since September, Findings

The rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern Congo caused response efforts to be briefly suspended, health officials said. In a statement, the International Rescue Committee said it was "alarmed" that there were 33 new cases between Oct. 1 and Tuesday, versus 41 cases during all of September.

Spanish flu: Why Historians Ignored the Pandemics

To judge by the popularity of films like World War Z, pandemics are in vogue and none more so than the Spanish influenza of 1918-19. To mark the centenary of the pandemic this autumn, the BBC has commissioned Spanish Flu: In their own words, a major television docudrama on the pandemic, while 2018 has already seen the publication of several new titles revisiting the science and history of the flu.

Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Central Africa

The Central Africa region is experiencing rapid urbanization and economic growth, and infrastructure development. These changes, while generally positive and welcome, also make the region more vulnerable to explosive infectious disease outbreaks, according to an international group of scientists.

In the U.S., The HIV Viral Suppression Rates Tripled in Two Decades

Rates of HIV viral suppression have nearly tripled among people living with HIV (PLWH) in the U.S. between 1997 and 2015, according to new findings. "Viral-suppression rates are rapidly improving among patients with HIV who are in clinical care; however, disparities still exist," Dr. Heidi M. Crane said.

"A number of factors are contributing to these improving rates including higher HIV-treatment rates. Interestingly, in the most recent era among patients on treatment, use of integrase inhibitors is contributing to better viral-suppression rates."