Monthly Archives: March 2017

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 […]

Strategies seek to forge the missing link between patients and diagnoses

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It’s one of weakest links in the health systems where limited resources and long distances separate sick people from the laboratories that could diagnose their ills: For want of a simple affordable system to get patient specimens from one place to another, infectious disease outbreaks and their impacts go undetected, untreated, and uncontrolled. It is a […]

From bird flu to yellow fever, we’re reading about zoonotic disease outbreaks

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Human cases of bird flu are surging, officials concerned of high pandemic potential – Genetic changes in the H7N9 virus are alarming public health officials globally and are causing officials to reexamine their pandemic preparedness. Over 460 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus this winter, representing one third of […]

USAID amends guidelines with first phase of “global gag rule” — just in time for International Women’s Day

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USAID’s celebration of International Women’s Day Wednesday included the release of a statement noting that when women and girls “are empowered to make decisions related to their health, infant deaths decline, nutrition improves, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand and cycles of poverty are broken.” By then, however, the agency’s Standard Provisions for […]

PEPFAR 2017 Report to Congress tells a success story at its halfway point

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From the handful of people — 50,000 — across Africa with access to life-saving treatment for HIV in 2003,  to more than 18 million today, the chronology of U.S. leadership against the pandemic that was filling graveyards, orphaning infants, and decimating the continent’s most productive population, when President George W. Bush signed the legislation creating […]