Daily Archives: April 7, 2009

For TB, A New Test and A New Treatment?

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While the world’s leading TB scientists hunker down in state-of-the-art-tech labs on a quest for new TB diagnostics, three college seniors at North Carolina State University say they have developed a super-cheap, rapid-fire TB test that even an untrained person can use to detect the disease.   Click here to read more in a story […]

PEPFAR Succeeds in Preventing HIV/AIDS Deaths, But Not In Cutting Prevalence

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How effective is PEPFAR? That’s been a contentious question of late.   Now, a new study highlights one stunning success, and another troubling failure, of the global AIDS programs started by ex-President George W. Bush in 2003.   First, the good news: PEPFAR decreased the HIV/AIDS death toll in targeted countries by more than 10 […]

Is HIV Becoming More Potent?

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The HIV virus has always shown “extraordinary diversity and mutability,” as Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently put it.   Today, there’s new evidence of HIV’s flexibility—a study showing that the virus may be morphing into a more potent viral threat.   In the May 1, 2009 issue […]