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Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management Capacity in Karachi

provided with any financial assistance) for her editorial assistance with this manuscript. Disclosures. S. Fatima Lakha, Peter Pennefather, Mubina Agboatwala, Safia Zafar Siddique, Hanan E. Badr, and Angela

Canada's Neglected Tropical Disease Research Network: Who's in the Core—Who's on the Periphery?

Background This study designed and applied accessible yet systematic methods to generate baseline information about the patterns and structure of Canada's neglected tropical disease (NTD) research network; a network that, until recently, was formed and functioned on the periphery of strategic Canadian research funding. Methodology Multiple methods were used to conduct this study...

Pill characterization data streams for reducing exposure to inadequately identified anti-malarial medication in developing countries

Background A large fraction of anti-malaria medicines (and indeed many other medicines classes) used in developing countries are inadequately identified. Framing this problem as one of misidentification rather than the more common framing of criminal misrepresentation leads to new solutions sets not currently being considered. Method That reframing led to consideration and...

An informatics model for guiding assembly of telemicrobiology workstations for malaria collaborative diagnostics using commodity products and open-source software

Background Deficits in clinical microbiology infrastructure exacerbate global infectious disease burdens. This paper examines how commodity computation, communication, and measurement products combined with open-source analysis and communication applications can be incorporated into laboratory medicine microbiology protocols. Those commodity components are all now sourceable...

The use of fluorescence enhancement to improve the microscopic diagnosis of falciparum malaria

Background Giemsa staining of thick blood smears remains the "gold standard" for detecting malaria. However, this method is not very good for diagnosing low-level infections. A method for the simultaneous staining of Plasmodium-parasitized culture and blood smears for both bright field and fluorescence was developed and its ability to improve detection efficiency tested. Methods...