Daily Archives: March 24, 2009

Global Center Hosts Media Call on World TB Day

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IDSA’s Global Health Policy Center hosted a media call today–World TB Day–to connect reporters with leading TB & HIV physician-scientists. The subject, of course, was the World Health Organization’s just-released report on TB, which includes alarming new data on co-infection.   The two doctors on the call for IDSA were Richard Chaisson, MD, director of […]

TB R&D Funding Still Paltry

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Another World TB Day missive just landed in our inbox, this one from the Treatment Action Group.   The AIDS policy group issued a report documenting “severe underfunding” of TB research, despite a desperate need as scientists and doctors search for a new drugs and diagnostics to battle drug-resistant TB.   TAG reports that the […]

New WHO Report Shows Co-Infection Double Previous Estimates

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It’s World TB Day. That means lots of news, starting with the much anticipated release of WHO’s 2009 TB report.    The headline? The HIV-TB co-infection crisis is twice as bad as previously thought.   Here’s a shortened version of the news release the Global ID Center put out:   WASHINGTON—The World Health Organization released staggering new data about the […]

New Initiative Seeks to Expand Clinical Research on Drug-Resistant TB

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One of the biggest problems in combating TB is the lack of new tools–especially new medicines to cure drug-resistant TB. A new reserach group seeks to help fill that void–it’s called RESIST-TB, for Research Excellence to Stop TB Resistance.  Dr.  Robert Horsburgh Jr.,  a professor of epidemiology, biostatistics and medicine at Boston University’s School of Health is on […]