CDC finds Zika-related defects in babies, fetuses of one in 10 women with confirmed Zika infection

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In findings from what officials call the largest systematic tracking of pregnancies among women with laboratory evidence and confirmation of Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data Tuesday showing that one in 10 women with confirmed infection while pregnant had babies or fetuses with birth defects that have been linked to the […]

Original backers of 2004 “Bioshield” legislation say lapse leaves gap in pandemic, biological attack preparedness

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A few weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001 took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, DC and a field in rural Pennsylvania, a photo editor named Bobby Stevens at a South Florida-based supermarket tabloid newspaper was hospitalized with a mysterious illness. It was unfamiliar to local physicians who had little reason […]

Cut funding to health research, services, aid? We’re reading responses . . .

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Scientific Drought, Golden Eggs, and Global Leadership – Why Trump’s NIH Funding Cuts Would Be a Disaster – This New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece unpacks the most significant cut ever proposed by a U.S. president to the National Institutes of Health, and the impacts it would have on American leadership in science, the […]

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 […]

Trump proposes $18 billion cuts to spending this year, with steep, immediate drops in science, health, human services investments

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From slowing HIV treatment access, to an immediate $1.2 billion cut in biomedical research funding, to eliminating a program providing income for older Americans, Trump proposal to slash domestic and overseas aid spending this year is deemed unlikely to be accepted, but  further highlights administration priorities The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would […]

Semifinalists in NIH/BARDA diagnostic test challenge aim to thwart antimicrobial resistance

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Submissions propose tests to ward of unnecessary, ineffective antibiotic use “Think ‘home pregnancy test’ but for nearly any infectious disease,” — specifically for drug-resistant gonorrhea — one submission proposed, describing a fast, cheap, disposable device that would make diagnosing infectious diseases “almost as simple as taking a patient’s blood pressure.” Another submission described a quick blood […]

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 […]