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Hopes for Breakthrough in Diarrhea Treatment

In the profit driven world of drug companies, one newcomer stands out since it is a nonprofit. The Institute for OneWorld Health, based in San Francisco, announced a $46 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop new treatments for diarrhea. I'm particularly passionate about this, having spent a summer in medical school fighting diarrheal disease in infants by promoting breast feeding in rural Texas. When you've seen the miraculous recovery of a vomiting lethargic dehydrated infant after just spoonfuls of oral rehydration therapy (ORT), you too would yearn for more help for these children.

OneWorld Health will try to find a drug that would enhance ORT by assisting the intestines' effort to absorb fluid. Founder Dr. Victoria Hale recently received one of the MacArthur Foundation’s genius awards, and I have high hopes for their efforts.

via NYT...

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