Monthly Archives: October 2013

AIDS VACCINE 2013: Surprise success, disappointments, change all part of ongoing quest at last-of-its-kind HIV vaccine-focused conference

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS Vaccine 2013 this week. Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, with the theme “Progress, Partnership and Perserverance,” from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, this event brings together a history of hope, and an update on opportunities that have shown themselves in recent years. BARCELONA, SPAIN – The field of HIV vaccine […]

IDWeek: Much to do to “turn off the tap” of HIV transmission

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from IDWEEK 2013. Meeting in San Francisco from Oct. 2-6, with the theme “Advancing Science, Improving Care,” the conference features breaking scientific advances and approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV and TB. Although HIV transmission rates have declined over the past decade, “we still have much […]

IDWeek: What’s Up with TB Vaccines?

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from IDWEEK 2013. Meeting in San Francisco from Oct. 2-6, with the theme “Advancing Science, Improving Care,” the conference features breaking scientific advances and approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV and TB. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif — Willem Hanekom from the University of Cape Town updated IDWeek […]

In spite of government shutdown, Senate could act on PEPFAR bill early next week

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SUPPORTERS URGE ACTION While much of the work in this shuttered capital has ground to a halt, the Senate is still open for business, and that means that the body could act on S. 1545, the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Bill of 2013 as early as this coming Monday. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved […]

IDWeek: Prompt antiretroviral treatment critical for HIV-TB co-infection

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from IDWEEK 2013. Meeting in San Francisco from Oct. 2-6, with the theme “Advancing Science, Improving Care,” the conference features breaking scientific advances and approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV and TB. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif – The longer the delay in starting antiretroviral treatment for a […]

Towards Zero Deaths: Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis builds on proven steps

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For years the most helpless victims of tuberculosis have also been the least noticed, although they are estimated to comprise up to 10 percent — or more, as they often go uncounted as well — of people sick with the disease worldwide. They are children, younger that 15 years old, whose lives are taken when […]

Senate Foreign Relations okays PEPFAR bill with TB, health worker provisions

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With the government facing shutdown today over a congressional standoff on domestic healthcare policy, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved quickly Monday night to approve a bill to extend the United States’ signature and largest global health effort. The committee had been scheduled to vote today on the bill, which will extend the authority of, […]