Tag Archives: Global Health

CDC looks at TB/HIV syndemic, Lancet looks at expectations for Jim Kim, studies look at lower HIV risks for gay fathers, importance of healthy vaginas, and more. . .

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CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much […]

Analysis looks at fiscal savings, human toll

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Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months,  the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The […]

Breaking News: Senate committee bumps up funding for NIH

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On June 12, a Senate funding subcommittee voted on funding allocations for programs in health, human services, labor and education for the federal fiscal year beginning October 1, 2012.   Many details have not been released and more information will become available when the full Senate appropriations committee votes on the bill on Thursday, June 14.  […]

`Fresh' U.S. strategy on MDG goals

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The Obama administration today released a government-wide strategy on a subject that previously had drawn little high-level attention from Washington – the Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs. Much like National Security Strategy documents put together by a succession of U.S. administrations, Obama’s MDG strategy serves as more of a framework of principles, rather than giving […]

What We’re Reading

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Starting today, we here at Science Speaks are going to try something new: Every Wednesday, we are going to feature stories from around the blogosphere and elsewhere that we have been reading – and that we believe will be of interest to you. Because this is something new for us, any feedback you have would […]

Maternal Health and HIV/AIDS in CSIS Report

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This posting is by Rabita Aziz, Program Associate at the IDSA/HIVMA Global Center The new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Smart Global Health Policy  calls for the U.S. to double contributions to better maternal and child health, to $2 billion a year.  Such investments should be focused on […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]

Obama's SOTU: Jobs, Jobs, and …. Global Health?

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Okay, so funding for PEPFAR and TB programs did not get top billing in tonight’s State of the Union address. With the economy still sputtering, with voters anxious about the next paycheck and angry about spiraling deficits, global health wasn’t exactly a political winner in tonight’s speech.    But President Obama still did squeeze in a mention of the issue, even […]

Global TB & HIV–The Promise and Perils Ahead

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Physicians on the front lines of the global tuberculosis epidemic have faced an uphill battle against this deadly scourge, especially with the rise of virulent new drug-resistant strands of this ancient germ and outmoded drugs and diagnostics. But the medical landscape for TB could change dramatically in the coming years—with new tests and better drugs […]

A Timely Reminder of Fauci's Call for a Transformative TB Research Agenda

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What will come of Anthony Fauci’s call for a “transformative” research agenda for tuberculosis, in which doctors and scientists get new resources and support in the search for better drugs and diagnostics to combat this ancient scourge? Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered that appeal for a more aggressive approach […]