KUHF-FM (88.7, Houston), Oct. 17, 2009

A new study examines the research and development of neglected infectious diseases, report Norbert Herzog and David Niesel of UTMB's Medical Discovery News. The study defined 30 neglected diseases that received research and development funding of $2.5 billion, compared to $10 billion for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The study authors believe that research funders focus on diseases where the research and development will lead to a quick payoff. Political pressures also play a major role.