Hunt for New TB Drugs offers glimmer of hope

A novel approach to discover the first new tuberculosis (TB) combination drug regimen cleared a major hurdle when Phase II clinical trial results found it could kill more than 99 percent of patients’ TB bacteria within two weeks and could be more effective than existing treatments, according to a study published in the Lancet. These [...]

Network to Reduce Drugs Dependency in South India

The launch of the South Indian Harm Reduction Network (SIHRN) in Chennai heralds a welcome initiative for people dependent on drugs, especially those living with HIV and AIDS in the Southern States. There is a serious concern in the southern states of India over under reporting numbers of people injecting drugs and infected with HIV/AIDS. [...]

On The Aesthetics of Narco-Traffico and the Reality of MISS BALA (Miss Bullet)

(Movie: Canana Films, 2011, Mexico; Screenplay by: Gerardo Naranjo & Mauricio Katz. Showing: IFFR, International Film Festival Rotterdam) Laura Guerrrero and her best Friend Su Su are preparing to participate in the Miss Baja California pageant: Laura a 23 year old young woman from the Barrios of Baja has high hopes, and big dreams and [...]

Mexican View on the Drug War: The bellicose discourse is going under

This editorial picks up one of a number of recent statements by President Calderon and members of his administration that allude to proposing that the U.S. legalize marijuana and, possibly, other drugs in order to take money and power away from the cartels. It also points to contradictions in Calderon’s statements that declare success in [...]

Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico Face Threats, Violence

A Background Paper by Andrea Medina Rosas and Laura Carlsen I. INTRODUCTION Mexico is facing a major human rights and humanitarian crisis. Fifty thousand people have been murdered in the war on drugs just since 2007. Thousands more have been displaced, orphaned and forcibly disappeared. Mexican society is divided by fear between those who welcome [...]

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