Monthly Archives: October 2016

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: First surveys return data on the cycles of illness and poverty

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LIVERPOOL, England – Of all the hardships confronting tuberculosis patients in Vietnam, the most expensive is the time it takes. That includes the time lost to doctor visits in pursuit of a diagnosis, the time lost to getting and taking treatment. Then, for patients debilitated by illness and by the drugs hoped to deliver a cure, as well as for […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Early data indicates new regimen represents reprieve for patients with XDR TB

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LIVERPOOL, England – Data from an ongoing trial presented today indicates patients with extensively drug resistant tuberculosis for whom other treatments had failed showed signs of full recovery from disease following a six-month regimen of two recently developed tuberculosis drugs and one repurposed drug. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, or XDR TB, defined as tuberculosis resistant to at least two first line drugs […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Regimen simplifies treatment for patients with tuberculosis — including drug-resistant disease, researchers say

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LIVERPOOL, England – Nearly all patients treated with an experimental combined anti-tuberculosis regimen using one of the newest approved drugs, an investigational drug, a repurposed drug and an existing tuberculosis drug showed signs of full recovery at the end of two months of treatment, three times as quickly as participants on standard treatment regimens, researchers here said today. They called […]

IDWeek 2016: Brazilian HIV physician describes living with endemic Zika infection

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New Orleans, La – The most disturbing thing about having Zika, Dr. Mauro Schechter said, was pruritus, or severe itching. But severe itching isn’t the right way to describe it, he said at IDWeek’s opening plenary. It felt as if “you have pins coming from inside out, plus itching,” he said. “Maybe it’s a sign […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Time to step up on TB R&D, Treatment Action Group tells governments worldwide

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As pharmaceutical industry retreats, research and development for tuberculosis treatments, diagnostics and prevention relies more than ever on government support, and it’s dropping, Treatment Action Group report shows . . . LIVERPOOL, England – The chance to have the right people and the right information in the right place at the same time comes all too rarely […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Download everything you need to know about tuberculosis in one tightly packed primer

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LIVERPOOL, England – While much of the focus at this conference focuses on the pursuit of new knowledge, to better treat, diagnose and prevent tuberculosis, a group of experts from leading institutions worldwide have put together everything they currently know about the disease in 23 pages. Among the points, lead author Madhukar Pai said today, as […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Final data backs early findings, WHO recommendations, showing shorter MDR TB treatment course working better

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LIVERPOOL, England – Presenting results today of a nine month treatment regimen that led to an 82 percent cure rate among 1006 patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, researchers called their findings a breakthrough that can support countries in adopting shorter, more effective and potentially less damaging treatment for TB that is resistant to more than one first […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Even “free” TB treatment can come with catastrophic costs

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LIVERPOOL, England – Even before the costs of getting diagnosed, picked up in some high-tuberculosis incidence countries by patients themselves, and even before treatment brings its own costs, the financial toll of tuberculosis has already begun, a representative of the World Health Organization said today. Those costs include medical expenses incurred on the way to the screening and […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: WHO preconference meeting sizes up the challenges, imagines a world without TB

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As a fab 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health comes to Liverpool, session titles and speakers nod to city’s favorite sons, while focus of WHO symposium is global and forward . . . LIVERPOOL, England – Around the last time a new and widely accessible treatment for tuberculosis was being readied for market, the Beatles were making […]

HIVR4P 2016: With tribute and award, research conference celebrates reproductive health, human rights champions

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CHICAGO – Traditions have to begin somewhere, and as this prevention-focused conference wrapped up its second meeting on Thursday, presentations continued one tradition began at its first meeting in 2014 and  proposed a new one, recognizing work that both inform research and enable it possibilities to be realized. Tributes to Dr. Ward Cates by colleagues Dr. Mike Cohen and […]