Category Archives: TB

Entrepreneur uses cell phones to fight counterfeit drugs while linking patients with answers

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“In healthcare we have to work with what’s already happening” Nathan Sigworth was a freshman in college when he spent a month visiting a small hospital in India, and made a simple discovery: economics there dictated a very different delivery of health care than he was used to seeing. In time, he discovered that while […]

IOM report looks at global scope of fake and substandard drugs, while study zeroes in on TB impact

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The report released this morning by the Institute Of Medicine portrays a global and growing danger that is both deadly and resource draining, brings the highest risks in the poorest countries, and threatens affluent countries as well. Still, coordinated efforts to tackle the proliferation of fake and substandard medicines lag far behind other efforts to […]

WHO Bulletin review of TB and illicit drug use calls for five “urgent measures”

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Sharing drug equipment that includes water pipes, often living in close quarters, frequently imprisoned, and facing greater than average rates of other health conditions including alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV, people who use illicit drugs have higher than average odds of getting tuberculosis infection and disease, with outbreaks of drug-resistant strains […]

TB vaccine trial: “A stepping stone on a very long journey”

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In the wake of announcing clinical trial results that showed  a candidate for a tuberculosis vaccine was safe, but did not protect babies from infection and disease, researchers are emphasizing what they have learned, and how it might yet pave the way for a long-term answer to the epidemic. The trial of MVA85A, a candidate […]