Monthly Archives: August 2017

One year after recovery, Ebola survivors likelier than peers to suffer disabilities

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Problems that included compromised vision, mobility, memory and concentration, as well as depression, anxiety and fatigue dogged Ebola survivors a year after their illnesses at rates significantly higher than among people close to them who had not been sick, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases has found. The study examined rates of disabling challenges […]

Could GeneXpert viral load test represent a potential win-win for the TB and HIV responses?

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Researchers comparing measures in India study say yes The breakthrough represented by the development and WHO approval in 2010 of the GeneXpert rapid test to detect tuberculosis and TB drug resistantance still stands alone among innovative diagnostic advances against the disease, researchers from McGill University writing to The Lancet Global Health journal have noted. But […]

Ebola survivor study finds evidence of virus in semen more than two years after illness

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Prolonged persistence of virus has personal, public health, research implications A Liberia-based study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases has found evidence of Ebola in the semen of 11 of 137 Ebola survivors who donated samples more than two years after the onset of their illness. The study followed 149 survivors of the 2013 – […]

TB killed an estimated 239,000 children in 2015, nearly all of them untreated, study finds

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Analysis shows TB may be sixth highest cause of under-five deaths; toll could be prevented with improved case-finding, diagnosis A study has produced the first estimates of the role of tuberculosis in the deaths of children under five years old, and estimates across age spans of children up to the age of 15 approaching four […]

We’re reading about rights and responsibilities and empathy in fighting HIV, tuberculosis

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Fighting HIV/AIDS: Human rights focused advocacy is more critical than ever – “Low hanging fruit” is one of the expressions that is used to describe people and places affected by HIV who account for the great majority of those now reached with testing, antiretroviral treatment and other prevention of HIV acquisition and transmission. With dollars […]

Investigation of fatal congenital Zika cases show injury to spinal cord caused by virus

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Report gives evidence that neurological impacts of Zika go beyond effects on brain development By the time pediatric pathologists explored the cases reported in the August Clinical Infectious Diseases of two infants, both congenitally infected with Zika, both of whom had died shortly after birth, knowledge of the damage the virus could do to the […]

Study: Screening malnourished children for TB in high-burden countries would boost detection

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Fewer than half of countries with high rates of tuberculosis incidence surveyed in a recent study have guidelines recommending screening for the disease among children receiving services for malnutrition, even though having those guidelines, increasing case-finding among children, linking them to care, and tracking their contacts could lead to inroads against the leading infectious disease […]

Test and start policy doubles numbers initiating treatment at PEPFAR Lesotho sites

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MMWR reports preliminary results of Lesotho’s adoption of WHO universal treatment guidelines The first country in sub-Saharan Africa to adopt World Health Organization guidelines recommending all people with HIV have immediate access to the antiretroviral medicine that prevents illness and transmission saw the average number of patients starting treatment of the virus increase by nearly […]

We’re reading about gaps between funding and reality . . . and more

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Research and public health funding must reflect reality – Dr. Wlliam Powderly, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which produces this blog, founding chair of the HIV Medicine Association, and director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, has followed advances in HIV care and the translation of clinical advances to […]