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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 […]

IAS 2017: Pioneering HIV researchers tell how public health leadership started with Fogarty fellowships

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Paris – When Dr. Jean Pape began his medical training in the 1970s, he didn’t see what research could do to solve the problems facing his country. Ranked among the most fragile countries on earth, home to one-sixth of deaths from disasters occurring worldwide, and situated — in the crosswinds of trade and tourism, limited health […]

“The impact of Fogarty training has been extraordinary, and we really need to continue”

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On a day when partisan rancor over domestic health policy escalated with the release of the Senate version of a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services found themselves on comfortable common ground once again as they considered the Trump Administration proposal to […]

When Senators question Tillerson on global health impacts of State Department cuts, numbers speak louder than words

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“Throughout my career, I have never believed, nor have I ever experienced, that the level of funding devoted to a goal is the most important factor in achieving it . . .” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shared that philosophy with skeptical U.S. Senators Tuesday, on the same day a new analysis […]

Advanced illness at HIV treatment start is dropping in some countries surveyed, still seen in a third of new patients

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The prevalence of advanced HIV among people beginning antiretroviral treatment has declined in eight of 10 resource-constrained countries surveyed, while median immune cell counts went up — indicating less weakened immune systems — in six countries, indicating improved access to testing and treatment, but still, about one third of patients starting treatment during the time […]

Tracking patients raises numbers returning to antiretroviral treatment — but tracking the right patients would be better still

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When community health workers went looking for patients who had started antiretroviral treatment but had stopped showing up for care at 14 clinics across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, 13 percent of those sought returned to treatment. That represented a significant, if still small improvement over the 10 percent who returned for care when no effort […]

Office of AIDS Research gets a shout out — and a $544 million cut in NIH budget “justification”

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Citing priorities of HIV research slated to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, dispatching the Fogarty International Center while extolling its contributions, document released by National Institutes of Health director tallies steep and devastating cuts without explanation ” . . .the HIV epidemic represents the most serious health crisis of our time, a critical and […]

Trump budget proposes to gut research, responses that counter disease threats at home and around the world

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Administration details deep cuts to CDC domestic and global health programs, steep drops in National Institutes of Health funding, and a retreat from efforts to find and control outbreaks where they start . . . and calls it “Putting America’s Health First” Work led by the United States to prevent, detect, treat and control diseases, […]

CUGH 2017: Global Health Security Agenda confronts the inevitable and the unknowns in disease threats, responses

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Consider four disaster scenarios acknowledged to have the potential for catastrophic impacts on humanity — an asteroid hit . . . continued unchecked global warming  . . . a nuclear holocaust . . . a global pandemic. Until recently, the most immediate of these received the least attention, former head of Management Sciences for Health […]

CUGH 2017: The lessons of global health come home in Fogarty fellow stories, questions, plans

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One fellow went to Chile to track a parasite that spreads disease from dogs to humans . . . Another investigated the social networks that could improve HIV outreach in India, another found links between pollution and heart disease that affect people worldwide, including in the United States . . . As Fogarty turns 50 […]