Monthly Archives: March 2018

Infection is unwanted souvenir from medical tourists’ trips

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Three patients with post-operative infections reported by New York Health officials in May 2017 to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sparked an investigation that revealed 35 more patients from nine states who had traveled to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic procedures and returned with nontuberculosis myobacteria. The investigation led to the temporary […]

Harm reduction, screening and treatment would save money and lives in Eastern European, Central Asian countries where injecting drug use drives rising rates of HIV, HCV

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Increasing access to sterile needles and syringes and to opioid substitution therapy, as well as to HIV and hepatitis C screening services and effective treatment would lower new infection rates by double digit percentages, save money and lives, and contain the spread of the viruses in Eastern European and Central Asian countries where people who […]

What we’re reading: World TB Day finds cases rising in New York in the midst of momentum

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Tuberculosis could come back – Can the impacts of TB around the world be ended, when places where incidence of the preventable and curable disease continues to rise even include New York, the city that is home to more billionaires that any other on earth? While TB incidence in the United States is on the […]

App addresses nutrition needs of TB patients

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It’s a measure of the time technology takes that now, finally, an app exists to address the wasting that gave tuberculosis its original name — consumption. Leading to malnutrition, serious side effects from drugs or failure to absorb medicines, the serious weight loss that can characterize the disease raises risks of death or recurrence of […]

Spending bill boosts NIH, USAID TB, lifts Fogarty, flatlines PEPFAR, Global Fund

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The spending bill for 2018 passed in the House Thursday, and the Senate early today has delivered a robust rejection of the President’s proposals to slash science spending while massively cutting funds for global infectious disease responses, with a combination of level funding and a few notable raises. They include with a $3 billion boost for […]

U.S. Tuberculosis cases drop, but still far exceed numbers set to reach elimination goals

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Two years after noting the first increase in domestic tuberculosis incidence in more than 20 years, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that new cases in this country are once again continuing to decline — but not nearly enough to reach goals of eliminating the disease and its impacts here […]

What we’re reading: When the difference between words and actions on global infectious disease control hits home

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The State Department mismatch on global health rhetoric and reality –  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought in, or left in place strong proponents of global infectious disease responses, including continuing U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Amb. Deborah Birx and USAID Administrator Mark Green, this analysis notes, but also notes that White House policies and […]

CDC tells Brazil travelers get a yellow fever vaccination — and it might be hard to find

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Plan ahead . . .  FDA-approved shot is unavailable, and with limited availability of alternative vaccine, getting inoculated may be a journey in itself . . . Following 10 cases of yellow fever linked to travel in Brazil that led to four deaths this year so far, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has […]

Re-emergence of human monkeypox highlights capacity gaps, global health security goals

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About six months ago, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought together researchers, ministries of health staff, global health program and policy leaders, and experts in pox viruses to discuss re-emergence of a disease that has been reported in more countries during the last decade than in the […]

Mixed reactions greet IAS announcement of San Francisco-Oakland as AIDS 2020 conference site

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The selection of San Francisco and Oakland to host the 23rd International AIDS Conference in 2020 speaks to the power of activism over despair, of science over fear, and of ambition over acceptance — at least to some of those, including Congressional representatives, advocacy organizations, and service providers, cheering the announcement released Tuesday. Or it […]