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Thomson Reuters Finds Increase in New Research for 'Neglected' Tropical Diseases
Date:6/19/2012

PHILADELPHIA, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters today announced the publication of a new study tracking the current status of research on neglected tropical diseases.  The Global Research Report Neglected Tropical Diseases analyzes research output across countries and fields from 1992-2011 and finds a two-fold increase in published literature focused on a group of diseases identified by the World Health Organization as underserved by public health services.  Despite these recent gains, however, the total research output is still significantly less than that of "first world" diseases.

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Though the analysis finds that research output focused on neglected tropical diseases has doubled from roughly 2,500 papers in 1992 to well over 5,000 papers in 2011, these totals still pale in comparison to other diseases such as cancer (85,000 papers), HIV/AIDS (16,000 papers) and coronary artery disease (15,000 papers).  To put this in context, more than one billion people are infected with one or more neglected tropical diseases and more than half a million die each year from their infections, compared with ~35 million globally who are infected with HIV or the ~346 million afflicted with diabetes. 

"Amidst high profile debate over the effectiveness of global health initiatives such as U.S. President Obama's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), it is important for policymakers to understand the full scope of current research into diseases that affect a disproportionate amount of the world's population," said Jonathan Adams, director, research & development, Thomson Reuters.  "Neglected tropical diseases affect more than one billion people around the world
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