Category Archives: TB

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 […]

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 […]

TB partners, patients ask: How does a bacterium responsible for nearly a third of drug-resistance deaths not make list of R&D priority pathogens?

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Exclusion of tuberculosis from WHO “catalogue of 12 bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health,” threatens development of medicines to treat world’s leading infectious disease killer, health advocates and leaders say While the unveiling of a list highlighting the need to fund drug development against specific pathogens represented just a beginning  for some […]