Category Archives: What we’re reading

What we’re reading: Latest DRC Ebola outbreak poses new challenges, highlights ongoing R & D, training and resource needs

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Sustained US preparedness needed for Ebola and other pan-epidemic threats – Dr. Daniel Lucey of Georgetown University’s O’Neil Institute is familiar both with the on-the-ground obstacles to preventing the spread of disease with pandemic potential, and the on-the-ground consequences of delayed or inadequate responses. Having completed two volunteer stints caring for patients during the 2013-2016 […]

Use of Xpert TB diagnostic tool linked to lower death rates from all causes among HIV patients entering care in Malawi study

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Study randomized clinics to use Xpert or fluorescence microscopy for patients newly diagnosed with HIV showing TB symptoms  Among patients newly diagnosed with HIV and showing signs of tuberculosis disease, death rates in the year that followed were 22 percent lower among those in rural clinics assigned to use the Xpert point-of-care TB diagnostic tool, […]

What we’re reading: How to pick fights against diseases and win

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If we really want to eradicate diseases . . . – Donated high-technology coolers to transport vaccines across rural terrains during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s most recent Ebola outbreak addressed one critical challenge, helping to contain the virus. But answers to infrastructure deficits that include power and water are needed to ensure the effective […]

What we’re reading: Testing lag highlights role of healthcare access in HIV prevention and more about knowing the right thing to do, but . . .

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Tests are lagging and the end of the epidemic is far away – How can it be that nearly four decades after what later became known as HIV was first recognized as a syndrome killing men who had sex with men, and more than a decade since U.S. public health officials recommended routine testing as […]

What we’re reading: Realities to keep in mind when planning to eliminate TB and other diseases

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Open Letter by the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health — in the context of TB – When a preventable and treatable disease remains the world’s leading infectious killer, the reasons can be found in inequities that allow the disease to spread and kill. […]

What we’re reading: In health security and health rights, the costs of abandoning progress are high

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Advocacy to End Peace Corps HIV Dismissals – Last week we covered an effort by HIVMA and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors to learn more about, and to provide expertise to inform, current Peace Corps policies regarding volunteers living with HIV. The Peace Corps has since responded to a letter which […]

What we’re reading: Drug prices and global free-loading? Or pharmaceutical free-loading?

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On Friday, as the World Health Organization, related agencies, and international nonprofits geared up for the challenges confronting swift responses to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Trump administration released a plan to bring down the price of medicines for diseases here in the United States. Among its analyses of […]

What we’re reading: HIV prevention options and a ticking clock, “protecting life” while defunding ID services, and overcoming a challenge to opioid ID prevention

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Why a promising new approach to HIV prevention could lose funding – From explaining the ways in which HIV can be stopped from infecting a new person, to explaining why research and development of prevention options could narrow in the next two years, health and science writer Heather Boerner tells how focus in the search […]

What we’re reading: The interwoven lessons of infectious disease and opioid responses

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An Opioid Crisis Foretold – This piece from the editorial board of The New York Times provides a brief history of errors in practice and policy that have led to, and sustained previous epidemics of opioid use. Among the lessons recounted here that should have averted and still could inform responses to the present opioid […]

What we’re reading: Training drives public health and pandemic preparedness

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Do we want another Spanish influenza pandemic? How can improving opportunities for educational loan repayment improve domestic and global health security and prevent future pandemics? In a look back at more than 60 years of contributions from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, this opinion piece by one its alumnae […]