Author Archives: Antigone Barton

Findings indicate two newest TB drugs, bedaquiline and delamanid in combination safe, promising for patients with few options

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A study following outcomes of 28 patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis in three countries with high burdens of the disease found what the researchers cite as strong evidence that a combination of the two newest TB drugs could be part of a safe and effective treatment regimen. The  drugs, bedaquiline — which was approved by the […]

What we’re reading: Global Health insecurity, why the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and ending AIDS at home

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The CDC is about to fall off a funding cliff – A couple of years after fast-moving and devastating outbreaks of Ebola and Zika overlapped, and even as the potential for both of those viruses to wreak havoc on families, communities, economies and on global stability continue in the absence of strong health response capacities, […]

White House budget recognizes global health threats with words, but not dollars with massive cuts to HHS, State Department, USAID

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“U.S. efforts to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic are a direct reflection of U.S. leadership abroad and the goodwill, compassion, and generosity of the American people.” President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 The U.S. State Department and USAID would get $25.8 billion — a cut of $9 billion, or 26 percent from the level enacted […]

State Department Global Gag Rule “review” focuses on training, compliance measures

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“Given the expansive nature of the new policy, the Department will undertake a thorough and comprehensive review of the effectiveness and impact of the policy’s application over the next six months, which could include identifying implementation issues, and any other new information affecting implementation going forward. Newly covered programs, including PEPFAR, the President’s Malaria Initiative, […]

How to cut HIV incidence? Researchers do the math and find keeping patients in care is pivotal

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Retaining people with HIV in care and treatment for the virus, as well as successful efforts to re-engage patients who have been in care but no longer are would go the furthest toward cutting the numbers of new infections in the United States in half within the next decade, a modeling study reported in Open […]

Comprehensive care and support significantly boosts MDR-TB successful treatment completion

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A Taiwan program of comprehensive support and care centered on the needs of patients being treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis — at a cost of from $25,000 to $30,000 per patient, per year over the costs of medicines — substantially improved cure rates and drastically reduced rates of patients whose outcomes were unknown, according to a […]

Study finds more than half of patients worldwide don’t access HIV treatment until immune systems are severely compromised

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In spite of guidelines and goals, treatment access remains delayed and unequal Data from nearly a million patients starting treatment for HIV across the world over the last decade shows 55 percent of them accessed antiretroviral treatment only after their immune cell — or CD4 — counts had dropped below 200, leaving them extremely vulnerable […]

What we’re reading: A CDC director’s conflicts, Trump administration global health impacts a year in, and a Global Gag Rule update

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CDC Director Resigns – “a large, complicated stock portfolio that included hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments . . .[in] tobacco companies . . . as well as a number of pharmaceutical stocks” was too much baggage for new CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to carry while overseeing national and global public health endeavors. Politico, […]

WHO report on global antibiotic resistance highlights growing threats in the face of surveillance gaps

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Surveillance data from 22 countries show some of the world’s most common and potentially deadly infections gaining  ground globally against the antibiotics used to treat them, while monitoring, coordination and communication gaps hamper efforts to both assess and respond to the scope of the threat, a report released by the World Health Organization Monday shows. […]

Zika-related birth defects climb in U.S. regions with local transmission of the virus

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The second half of 2016 saw a significant climb in birth defects associated with Zika infections during pregnancy in areas of the United States and its territories where the virus had been transmitted locally, according to a report the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released today. While most of the mothers and infants […]