Last century, the invention of the outhouse helped to eliminate hookworm and other parasites in the United States. Now new research shows that the lowly latrine could be a powerful tool in controlling these diseases, which remain widespread among the world's poorest people.

In an op-ed published Friday, Sabin president Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., and his Baylor College of Medicine colleague, William Brinkley, Ph.D., applaud the dramatic gains Texas institutions have made to become leaders among the global scientific community. They cite the routinely high ranking of public and private Texas universities as well as a voter approved amendment to start the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Financing research and development (R&D) for neglected tropical disease (NTDs) is a big challenge. The problem? Market failure.

NTD control is also important for success in fighting other important diseases – notably HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria.  In Africa, there are high rates of co-infection among NTDs and HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria, demonstrating an increased need for more research to unlock the links b

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