Monthly Archives: March 2017

National Action Plan for Combatting MDR-TB continues to be a work in progress

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First year report describes assessments of needs, strategies, opportunities In December 2015, tuberculosis response advocates welcomed the release of a White House National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis with wary optimism. Promised months earlier as part of a broader administration initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance, a set of specific goals to counter the growing […]

Trump proposes $18 billion cuts to spending this year, with steep, immediate drops in science, health, human services investments

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From slowing HIV treatment access, to an immediate $1.2 billion cut in biomedical research funding, to eliminating a program providing income for older Americans, Trump proposal to slash domestic and overseas aid spending this year is deemed unlikely to be accepted, but  further highlights administration priorities The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would […]

Semifinalists in NIH/BARDA diagnostic test challenge aim to thwart antimicrobial resistance

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Submissions propose tests to ward of unnecessary, ineffective antibiotic use “Think ‘home pregnancy test’ but for nearly any infectious disease,” — specifically for drug-resistant gonorrhea — one submission proposed, describing a fast, cheap, disposable device that would make diagnosing infectious diseases “almost as simple as taking a patient’s blood pressure.” Another submission described a quick blood […]

We’re reading about tuberculosis, and why one day a year is not enough

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Friday was the official World TB Day, a single calendar page set aside to send the message that TB continues to spread — with 10.4 million cases last year, a million among children — that TB continues to take a needless toll — of 1.8 million in 2016 alone, that drug-resistant TB poses a growing worldwide threat, and […]

The multi-national network of TB Portals advances tuberculosis research

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The following is a guest post by Jessica Taaffe, PhD In the current environment of limited tuberculosis research funding, TB research can benefit significantly from data-centric collaborations, as researchers can learn from the work and experiences of others, propelling their own research forward, and they facilitate larger meta-analyses of existing data. The TB Portals program […]

CDC: Domestic TB data shows need to expand screening, testing, treatment reach

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds newly discovered tuberculosis higher among foreign-born with more than 10 years in United States than among more recent arrivals With a drop in the numbers of new tuberculosis patients between 2015 and 2016, TB incidence in the U.S. is once again going in the right direction, […]

Adding up tolls of drug resistance, threats to research and hurdles to progress, TB survivors, scientists and advocates gather on Capitol Hill

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“We’re not here because tuberculosis is like the common cold and makes you feel bad, we’re here because TB kills people” Washington, DC – From a six-year-old girl who came home to the U.S. sick after a visit to her grandparents in India, and from a long-distance runner from Peru, an audience on Capitol Hill […]

In wake of proposed cuts, physician scientists present HIV, TB research, response, results

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A few days after the White House released an outline of budget priorities, that included a nearly 20 percent cut to medical research funding, and elimination of the global health study supporting Fogarty International Center, four physician scientists who have dedicated their careers to fighting HIV and tuberculosis came to Capitol Hill to talk about […]

We’re reading about the Fogarty Center, after the Trump budget outline targets the half-century-old NIH international research arm for elimination

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Profile: NIH’s Fogarty International Center – A couple of years ago, this article in The Lancet described the widening scope and increasing impact of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, since it began to support medical training and research in 1968. “This concept of investing in training outstanding young investigators, both U.S. and […]

Trump “America First” budget plan proposes deep cuts to science, services, support systems abroad — and at home

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With a document short on detail, but sweeping in its proposals to reduce resources for longstanding programs, the President Trump releases “A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again“ In a “skinny” budget proposal with vast implications for medical research and public health at home and abroad the Trump administration today outlined a plan of government spending […]