Category Archives: TB

WHO Global TB report: New data raises estimates of illness, death

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While more than half a million fell ill with drug-resistant tuberculosis requiring second-line treatments last year, just one in five received it Improved data collection shows a larger than previously estimated global disease burden and toll of tuberculosis, while progress against the disease remains stalled, the World Health Organization’s 2016 Global Tuberculosis Report shows. The […]

Stephen Lawn: Brought faith, humor, love for Africa, and unending determination to quest for answers to TB, HIV

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Professor Stephen Lawn, physician researcher, author, and teacher, March 13,1966 – Sept. 23, 2016 It was an expedition across the Sahara desert in the late 1980s, Stephen Lawn said later, that changed the course of his life, to one driven by faith and ultimately focused on fighting the impacts of HIV and tuberculosis. The career […]

Zimbabwe study sees TB go down as HIV treatment coverage goes up

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If national health programmers and policy makers are looking for reasons to put into practice World Health Organization recommendations that all people with HIV have access to immediate antiretroviral treatment, a study from Zimbabwe supplies one more: As the numbers of people accessing HIV treatment went up in that country, the numbers of reported tuberculosis […]

UN General Assembly recognizes antimicrobial resistance as global public health threat

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Declaration flags resistance to antibiotics, including for TB treatment, as “greatest and most urgent global risk” Emphasizing imperatives to strengthen local health surveillance and service capacities worldwide, for biomedical research and development driven by evidence and needs, and for collaborations between human health, veterinary, and environmentally related disciplines, the member nations of the United Nations […]

Underfunded tuberculosis programs often solely responsible for TB-HIV activities, report finds

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While tuberculosis remains the number one killer of people living with HIV – with one in three HIV-related deaths attributable to tuberculosis – the burden to provide TB-HIV integrated services falls heavily on tuberculosis programs, not HIV programs, a report from Action finds. The report, “From Policy to Practice: How the TB-HIV response is working,” […]

Multi-country survey sheds light on drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment needs

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Findings highlight gaps in available testing, regimens The first survey to assess tuberculosis that does not respond to common treatments across populations in multiple high-disease-burden countries shows a need for better understanding of the dynamics of drug-resistant disease, including through tests that do not yet exist. The survey’s findings, detailed in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, […]

“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 […]