Category Archives: TB

“Test and treat” is the ideal — but in TB and other illnesses, “guess and treat” is the more common reality

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz attended the McGill University Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health June 13-17. MONTREAL – In health care, “test and treat” is considered the ideal. It’s a term most familiar to followers of HIV responses, in which treatment follows, rather than precedes, diagnostic […]

The forgotten killer, a need for shorter, better treatment, a measure of failures to diagnose children, and the impacts of inequity . . . We’re reading about tuberculosis

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Energizing the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa – A  history of inequality, a government’s long refusal to acknowledge the virus, a donor relationship in perpetual transition . . . these are among the challenges to controlling HIV in this epicenter of the pandemic. But, this report notes, one of the biggest challenges to success […]

Wanted: Continued development of TB diagnostics to reduce antimicrobial resistance

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL — New diagnostic technology for tuberculosis still is needed not only for TB control, but to combat growing antimicrobial resistance, Dr. Madhukar Pai said here this […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: TB gets time and targets, as leaders weigh impacts of No. 1 killer

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NEW YORK – At a “high-level” meeting of nations all confronting the impacts of a still incurable virus, it may seem strange that just one event and a scattering of mentions in a political declaration have been dedicated to the leading — and curable — killer of people with that virus. But for leaders of responses to tuberculosis […]

TB Elimination: India can Lead the Way

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As the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS gets underway today in New York, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with Congress this week. Tuberculosis advocates are hoping to see Prime Minister Modi and members of Congress renew their commitment to eliminating TB in India, which has one of the highest TB burdens […]

Addressing development of tuberculosis diagnostics and drugs is critical to global antimicrobial resistance response, review finds

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A new tool to diagnose drug-resistant tuberculosis with an improved regimen to then treat it would more than halve the current death toll from the disease within six years, saving 100,000 lives annually, according to a report commissioned by the British government. The report brings the findings and recommendations of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, […]

WHO recommendations aim to speed diagnosis, treatment of MDR-TB

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The two years of toxic medicines that make up the common course of treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis is so grueling and discouraging, as one Médecins Sans Frontières physician put it, that it causes “teenagers to abandon their ambitions, adults to decide between providing for their family or getting healthy and the elderly to wish for […]

Health workers face tuberculosis risks up to three times those of general population, while infection control, worker protections lag

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The devastation of the last two years of the Ebola crisis in West Africa was made all the more daunting by a predictable aspect of its toll. The health workers who represented the best hope of controlling the outbreak were also at the greatest risk of illness and death. By the dwindling days of the […]

As U.S. sees first rise in TB cases since early ’90s, World TB Day offers forum to count costs of missed opportunities

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Generally World TB Day is meant to commemorate progress, and the opportunities to conquer an ancient disease that opened when physician scientist Robert Koch identified the bacteria that causes it more than 130 years ago. This year, though, the day also offered a glimpse of what happens when progress stands still. The short answer: The […]

World TB Day 2016: CDC’s Shannon Hader on leadership against an epidemic

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The following is a guest post from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Global HIV and TB, with answers to questions on the global tuberculosis pandemic and responses from Division Director Shannon Hader. TB is one of the world’s oldest diseases, yet it continues to kill millions of people each year. […]