Tag Archives: CDC

Towards Zero Deaths: Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis builds on proven steps

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For years the most helpless victims of tuberculosis have also been the least noticed, although they are estimated to comprise up to 10 percent — or more, as they often go uncounted as well — of people sick with the disease worldwide. They are children, younger that 15 years old, whose lives are taken when […]

Falling short of the halfway mark, a cough not heard around the world, Uganda’s moral grounds, sex trafficking war casualties . . . We’re reading about global health winners, sinners, gains and losses

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The Race to Improve Global Health: Great strides toward the halfway mark aren’t winning the race to a fair, healthy and sustainable world, says this New York Times editorial, a timely piece when  budget-weary policy makers might be tempted to rest on their achievements so far. United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals — including reductions in […]

Advocates, physicians to pharmaceutical company: lower price on government-supported drug, aid research

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It has been heralded as an important step in ending the threat of tuberculosis in the United States, and one with ramifications for countries with higher incidence of the disease: a new drug to treat TB infection before it causes illness, treat it more quickly than current regimens. With standard treatment consisting of daily pills […]

Budget cuts endanger the CDC’s Tuberculosis Research Program

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The following is a guest post by Coco Jervis, senior U.S.and global policy associate Treatment Action Group , the science-based treatment advocacy organization. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 8.7 million people became sick with tuberculosis in 2011, and more than 1 million are expected to die of the disease this year alone. […]

With study of injecting drug users, preventive HIV medicine demonstrates protective value to all at high risk

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CDC releases updated Guidance for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection: PrEP for Injecting Drug Users, while questions on real-world impact remain With a five-year study in Bangkok showing that daily doses of antiretroviral medicine reduced risks of HIV infection among people who inject drugs by at least half, and more with the […]

With TB research threatened, doctors, patients, advocates and filmmakers spell out risks

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At a recent conference of medical researchers, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci spelled out what lawmakers appear to be missing in their budget balancing efforts. “They don’t realize,” Fauci said, “that hitting biomedical research now is going to have an impact, three, four years from now.” So efforts to let […]

Global Health Appropriations: New Republicans on House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee bring mixed history on PEPFAR

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The House Appropriations Committee’s State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, with oversight on funding issues involving USAID  and the State Department, has six new members — three Republicans and three Democrats — bringing a mix of experience and stances on global health issues, including on policy, funding, and research. Today Science Speaks looks at the new […]

Lamar Alexander moves up to ranking Republican on Senate HELP Committee, as three new Democrats takes seats

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions deals with issues surrounding most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Pivotal in policies guiding medical research, preventive […]

Breaking News: Amb. Goosby to head new Global Health Diplomacy office, will continue to lead PEPFAR

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Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby will head the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the State Department, while retaining, at least for the immediate future, control over the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the program he has headed for the last three years. The Global Health Diplomacy office was announced last July […]

Guns — or medicine? A doctor’s call, survey responses, and more in a presidential campaign edition of what we’re reading

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A doctor’s call for healthy foreign policy debate: John May, a South Florida corrections physician and founder of Health through Walls, a nonprofit that brings medical system support to prisons in developing countries, wrote this op-ed piece for the local newspaper in the county where the candidates were scheduled to hold their final debate on […]