Category Archives: TB

CDC economic models show HIV treatment scale-up is cost-effective, can save money over time

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New economic modeling shows that scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the developing world not only saves lives, but saves money too. Dr. John Blandford of  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health and his team of colleagues have found that cost savings from averted negative […]

MSF reports “horrific” HIV treatment access in Congo

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“The conditions surrounding access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS in [the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)] are horrific,” according to a press release issued Wednesday from the international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors without Borders. With more than 1 million people infected with HIV in the African nation, 350,000 could […]

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation celebrates success of Project HEART

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The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) celebrated the success of their eight-year project to scale up HIV prevention, care and treatment services in five countries at an all-day event Thursday. Helping put more than 500,000 people living with HIV on lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART), the “Help Expand Antiretroviral Therapy to children and families” (HEART) […]

Physician in India discusses “Totally” Drug Resistant TB – Perspective from Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital

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Dr. Zarir F. Udwadia, a consultant chest physician at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. News reports of at least a dozen cases of “totally drug resistant” tuberculosis (TB) in India recently have raised various questions, including why India and why now?  In a letter to the editor in December’s issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases […]

“Canaries in the mine” – Heeding the call for childhood TB research

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“First he stopped eating, then later he got a fever… the doctor said it was just a virus going around, but then his soft spot got swollen and I remembered the same thing happened to my daughter when she was diagnosed with meningitis at six months,” Myra said, speaking to a group of childhood TB […]

Childhood TB: Forgotten but not gone

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Tuberculosis (TB) in children is often a neglected issue, in terms of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring prevalence. The best numbers we have are from the World Health Organization (WHO), according to Mandy Slutsker of ACTION, an international partnership of global health advocates. The WHO reported in 2009 that every year more than 1 million children […]