Category Archives: TB

Tuberculosis R&D “grossly insufficient” according to new report

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The global tuberculosis response and TB research and development remain weak and inadequate despite approval of the first new TB drugs in decades and a new global strategy to reduce TB incidence and mortality, according to Treatment Action Groups’ latest report. With just $255 million spent on TB research and development each year, funding is […]

Ambitious new U.S. plan may put hundreds of thousands on MDR-TB treatment

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The United States plans to place 360,000 multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients globally on treatment over the next five years, as part of a national tuberculosis action plan currently under draft. The plan – which is due to be submitted to the White House in September – aims to promote universal MDR-TB treatment, accelerate basic TB research, […]

XDR-TB patient in U.S. highlights global reach of infectious disease

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While health officials seek fellow passengers, researchers seek a vaccine If an argument is needed against prioritizing United States medical research dollars simply on the basis of disease burden in the U.S., global health advocates in Washington, DC didn’t have to look any farther this week than the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland. […]

Large-scale study underscores value of routine Xpert testing on TB, MDR TB case finding

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A study of more than 100,000 patients with suspected tuberculosis at 18 sites across India showed that routine testing using Xpert molecular technology rather than the most commonly used — and oldest — diagnostic tool of examining a sputum smear under a microscope, increased detection of TB by 39 percent and led to five times […]

Study says healthcare shortcomings leave tuberculosis undiagnosed, untreated

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In a prospective autopsy study published in The Lancet of patients who died at a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, researchers found a large percentage of patients were infected with tuberculosis but had gone undiagnosed and untreated, and 17 percent of patients infected with tuberculosis were indeed infected with multidrug-resistant TB but also remained undiagnosed. Aiming […]

Concurrent treatment for HIV/TB co-infection breaks up “deadly alliance”

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In a continuation of World TB Day coverage, the following guest post from study authors Martha Priedeman Skiles and Stephanie Mullen tells how current data from Ukraine show promise for patients co-infected with TB and HIV.  By Martha P. Skiles and Stephanie Mullen, MEASURE Evaluation Although tuberculosis is a curable disease, it has devastating consequences on public […]

TB survivors from Indonesia, Tajikistan, South Africa tell stories of unique challenges, common ordeals, and continued toll

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A South African nurse described the shame and denial that complicated her treatment for tuberculosis. An Indonesian mother of three recounted the months of debilitating treatment and isolation during which she considered suicide. A man from Tajikistan told how he completed treatment for multidrug-resistant TB the month he lost his second brother to the disease. […]