Tag Archives: drug resistance

GeneXpert analysis puts numbers, consistency on test’s advantages

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McGill University researchers who analyzed 18 studies involving more than 7,000 people released findings today showing the GeneXpert rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis detected the disease among 67 percent of samples in which it had been missed by smear microscopy, the most common diagnostic tool in low-resource but high burden countries. While both tests require […]

US TB drug shortages highlight global gaps

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This is how small the world of infectious diseases can be, and how recent the distant past. The patient who ended up at Baltimore’s Health Department in April 2011 had been treated with apparent success for tuberculosis before, in Kenya, where he was from. But now, he had a strain of the disease that was […]

ID Week: Looks at evolving HIV treatment show gaps and opportunities

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SAN DIEGO, CA — In the old days, Joep Lange of the University of Amsterdam said, cost was more important than evidence. Lange, a clinical researcher specializing in HIV therapy, and a past International AIDS Society president, was addressing the landscape of HIV treatment in countries with limited resources. He followed with a review of […]

Annals Study: Promoting ART Adherence Saves Money

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When the World Health Organization called for earlier initiation of antiretroviral therapy, there was considerable hand-wringing among health economists about the increased costs associated with millions of additional HIV patients who would be newly eligible for HIV drugs under the revised treatment guidelines. But a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests, among […]

Health Systems & the Growing Threat of Drug Resistant HIV & TB

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Dr. Luis Sambo, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, sought to draw attention this week to the growing threat of drug-resistant strains of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria on the continent, calling for aggressive action “before the situation gets out of hand.” Sambo made his comments during the 59th session of the WHO regional committee meeting […]