Monthly Archives: January 2012

HHS Releases New Global Health Strategy

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) joined with the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) last week to discuss the department’s first ever global health strategy, outlined in a new report.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the department’s burgeoning commitment to asserting its role in improving the health and well-being of people around the […]

Level of HIV virus in the blood is major determinant of sexual transmission

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A study of heterosexual couples in several sub-Saharan African countries found that the amount of HIV virus in an infected person’s blood is the major determinant of whether or not they will pass the virus on to their uninfected sexual partners. Published today in The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID), the article “Determinants of Per-Coital-Act […]

“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 […]

HPTN 052 study named “breakthrough of the year,” addressing crime laws aimed at people living with HIV, and more…

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The following is a compilation of recent articles and releases making headlines in HIV, TB and global health news. HPTN 052 “HIV Treatment Is Prevention” study named 2011 breakthrough of the year by Science:  Topping the journal Science’s list of the top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2011 was the HIV Prevention Trial Network (HPTN) 052 […]