Monthly Archives: March 2012

New combo drug trial has potential to transform TB treatment

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In the lead up to World Tuberculosis (TB) Day this Saturday, March 24, the TB Alliance announced the launch of a new trial to test a combination drug regimen in patients with drug-sensitive TB as well as patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB – the first time this has ever been done. Called “NC-002,” the eight-week […]

Blueprint toward a TB-free future

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Plan to develop new vaccines could help stop TB in our children’s lifetimes

The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, commenting on the newly released document Tuberculosis Vaccines: A Strategic Blueprint for the Next Decade, reflecting the consensus of members of the TB vaccine research and development community to develop new vaccines that could help stop TB in our children’s lifetimes.

Reichman: “TB has always been ignored and forgotten”

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In advance of World TB Day (Saturday, March 24) Science Speaks sat down with tuberculosis (TB) expert Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH, founding executive director of the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, to discuss the spread of drug-resistant TB and what he thinks are the most promising advances coming down the scientific pipeline. […]

World TB Day Activities

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What do you have planned next week to commemorate World TB Day on March 24? Several organizations and federal agencies are hosting events aimed at raising awareness about global and domestic TB, and what donors are doing to tackle the problem. Although most of these events take place in Washington, DC, some are being simultaneously […]

World leaders on the Global Fund, cuts to PEPFAR as bad policy, new UNAIDS guidance, 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. Joint UN statement calls for closure of compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centers: In this joint statement, 12 United Nations entities call for the closure of compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centers as they often threaten […]

Breaking: White House taps Dr. Grant Colfax to lead Office of National AIDS Policy

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The White House appointed Grant Colfax, MD, to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) Wednesday, according to a press release. Colfax is the director of the HIV Prevention and Research Section in the San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office, where he has been instrumental in rolling out their “test and treat” […]

Organizations announce new volunteer opportunity for U.S. docs and nurses to train counterparts in disease-ravaged countries

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Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams (left) and U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby address an audience at the Press Club Tuesday morning in Washington. Three global health organizations are teaming up to stock overseas medical and nursing schools with U.S. health professionals as adjunct faculty. The new program – called the Global Health Service […]

Community-level preventive TB therapy in South African gold miners fails to bring down overall incidence

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Individuals still saw TB incidence reduction of two-thirds, but effect was not durable

Preliminary results from the Thibela Project – which looked at whether community-wide provision of isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) in South African gold mines would improve TB control in these high-incidence sites…

Household-based HIV and TB intervention boosts HIV testing, lowers community TB prevalence

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At the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, Dr. Helen Ayles presented some key results on behalf of the ZAMSTAR team from the first randomized trial of a combined HIV and TB intervention strategy to demonstrate a reduction in population prevalence of tuberculosis. The study, conducted in 24 communities in Zambia and […]

Global health community mourns the loss of Rep. Payne

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This week the global health community lost one of its most ardent supporters, Rep. Donald Payne (D -NJ).  Payne passed away Tuesday afternoon from complications related to colon cancer. During his 25 years in Congress, Payne worked tirelessly to further the cause of global health and humanitarian issues in general.  As one of the original […]