Monthly Archives: January 2013

GeneXpert analysis puts numbers, consistency on test’s advantages

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McGill University researchers who analyzed 18 studies involving more than 7,000 people released findings today showing the GeneXpert rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis detected the disease among 67 percent of samples in which it had been missed by smear microscopy, the most common diagnostic tool in low-resource but high burden countries. While both tests require […]

The human toll, setbacks to science, and “the only thing worse than sequestration . . .”

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As looming spending cuts preoccupy the press, here’s a glimpse of impacts and how members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are taking it, in an all-sequestration edition of What We’re Reading . . . US faces fresh financial shock: The recent pause at the edge of the fiscal cliff may have seemed to signal […]

Rep. Bass continues as ranking member of House Foreign Affairs’ Africa, Global Health Subcommittee with two new Democrats

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On Monday Science Speaks looked at new Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa Global Health and Human Rights. Today, the focus is on two new Democrats, and the reappointment of Rep. Karen Bass as ranking member, appointed March 2012 to replace the late Rep. Donald Payne as lead Democrat on the subcommittee. […]

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights gets four new Republicans

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The subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that oversees international health issues, including infectious disease, maternal and child health and global health programs and population programs, as well as human rights issues and agencies, has six new members. Today Science Speaks profiles the four new Republicans to join the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, […]

Global Health Appropriations: New Democrats on House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee include returning champion of HIV response

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While two new members of House Appropriation Committee’s State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee profiled here yesterday voted first for and then against the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, one of the three profiled today is an unambiguous supporter of global health initiatives, having played a pivotal role in virtually all legislation guiding America’s HIV […]

Global Health Appropriations: New Republicans on House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee bring mixed history on PEPFAR

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The House Appropriations Committee’s State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, with oversight on funding issues involving USAID  and the State Department, has six new members — three Republicans and three Democrats — bringing a mix of experience and stances on global health issues, including on policy, funding, and research. Today Science Speaks looks at the new […]

US TB drug shortages highlight global gaps

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This is how small the world of infectious diseases can be, and how recent the distant past. The patient who ended up at Baltimore’s Health Department in April 2011 had been treated with apparent success for tuberculosis before, in Kenya, where he was from. But now, he had a strain of the disease that was […]

Tuberculosis, past and present, a research round-up, another microbicide approach and more . . .

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New weapon targets ancient foe: In a Jan. 7 blog post, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins  praises the FDA approval of the new antituberculosis drug Sirturo (known also as bedaquiline). With a brief history of TB, from its traces in Egyptian mummies, to “consumptives” in Victorian England, to the resurgence of tuberculosis […]

CDC report on U.S. TB drug shortage reflects local and global challenges

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With no medicine on hand, a father and his infant who have just been diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis go untreated, the delay prolonging their recoveries as well as the time they will remain infectious. The delay adds to the risk that they will get sicker and resistant to more drugs, increases the odds that those […]

Holding the purse strings: new leaders’ global health stances run from strong to steady support

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“WE CAN BE FRUGAL WITHOUT BEING HEARTLESS,” MIKULSKI SAYS New leadership will guide the Senate Appropriations Committee, as it oversees how a likely dwindling pool of federal dollars are disbursed, and the Senate Budget Committee, as it oversees allotment of available amounts. With chairs hailing from two states that serve as headquarters to global health […]