Stigma surrounding tuberculosis keeps patients from services, worsens health risks, but remains largely unmeasured, unaddressed

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Interviews in Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia health facilities found that the more staff knew about patients’ rights, the likelier they were to recognize — and report — discrimination against people with tuberculosis. A study in Lesotho found links between stigma surrounding HIV and TB and increased rates of depression and alcohol use among co-infected patients. […]

Analysis: Commitment to global health research, training, investment is critical to U.S. interests

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The world was less connected then than it is now when the 1918 pandemic of HIN1 influenza broke out. Even then, by the time the outbreak ended two years later, it killed at least 50 million people around the world, from eastern Europe to the South Pacific, to the Arctic, taking 675,000 lives in the […]

TB R&D spending climbs — but not enough

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In time for meetings of international leaders, 2016 boost in TB investments sets new — but low — bar, as well as impetus to gain on momentum, advocates say Investment in research and development toward new tuberculosis drugs, diagnostic tests and preventive measures increased in 2016 for first time in seven years, exceeding the previous […]

We’re reading the solutions to mysteries: What Chopin’s heart revealed, why dengue comes back with a vengeance, and how to end AIDS

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Chopin’s heart, pickled in a jar, offers clues to his death – It took more than a century and a half, a gathering of scientists, church officials and Chopin institute leaders, as well as  knowledge gained through modern medicine to determine, finally, that when the brilliant young composer Frédéric Chopin died in 1849, it was […]

48th Union World Conference: Minimally invasive autopsies could fill in the blanks on causes of death

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In places where a person can get sick with tuberculosis but never get diagnosed, or get diagnosed, but never treated, with their illness never reported, and where a person can die young without ever coming in contact with a health system, the uncertainties surrounding the true impacts of the TB continue all the […]

48th Union World Conference: In the long path to TB care, competence is among the obstacles

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – One after another, patients came to clinics and hospitals in rural China complaining of alarming, nagging and debilitating symptoms. They noted  coughs and fevers that didn’t go away, and that they were losing weight for no apparent reason. Their symptoms should have sounded familiar in the health centers of a country with […]

48th Union World Conference: Review finds missed opportunities for preventive therapy for children with HIV in Swaziland

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – While the vulnerability of children with HIV to tuberculosis has prompted World Health Organization guidelines recommending TB preventive therapy for children with the virus who are over a year old, a review of patient data across 10 years at a Swaziland center providing care to about a fifth of all children with […]

What we’re reading: The global gag rule gets a check-up, TB in India, and reconsidering HIV prevention

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Dear Secretary Tillerson – When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified before Congress last spring, he promised an examination in six months time of the Global Gag Rule, which, under a vast expansion under President Trump, lifts funding from foreign nongovernment organizations if they provide counseling, information, referrals or services to terminate pregnancies. We’ve heard […]

WHO 2017 TB Report: Progress, funding, health coverage all fall short of need to confront impacts of disease

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In 2016, an estimated 10.4 million people worldwide got sick with tuberculosis, and, although the majority of deaths from the disease can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment,  1.7 million people died of the illness. Only 13 percent of children who should have received preventive treatment to keep them from getting sick with tuberculosis […]

48th Union World Conference: Mozambique community-based group extends TB, HIV outreach

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In Mozambique, a country where the burden of HIV and tuberculosis coinfection is high, a community-based organization is bringing services home in an effort to protect people living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis. Working with local health care facilities, and community-based counselors, ADPP works to identify household contacts and sexual partners of […]