Monthly Archives: November 2013

With MDR, XDR TB growing, risk response needed for students, researchers, healthworkers, ASTMH 2013 Conference speakers say

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Dr. Edward Nardell of Harvard Medical School was sitting in his office one day when a student called to ask if he had any advice on how to avoid contracting drug-resistant tuberculosis. The student was heading to KwaZulu Natal, where rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis are among the highest in the world, and where the student’s […]

Peter Piot, ebola, HIV and global health’s evolution opens ASTMH

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If you’ve read Peter Piot’s memoir, No Time To Lose, or heard him speak, you might know some of the story that the co-discoverer of the ebola virus and founding head of UNAIDS told as the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s 62nd annual meeting opened Wednesday night in Washington, DC. But perhaps the […]

TB treatment advocates to Sanofi pharmaceutical company on drug price: “We cry enough!”

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A little more than four months ago, a collection of organizations and individuals concerned with the high price of rifapentine, a drug that could treat tuberculosis more quickly than other drugs, and also treat TB infection before it caused illness, wrote to Sanofi, the company that makes the medicine. Noting that government funding that had […]

With HIV transplant research legislation, clinicians, researchers see HOPE for American patients

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It’s not every day that health responses in the United States get a chance to catch up to care available in South Africa. Then again, it’s not every day that Congress acts quickly in a bipartisan response to this country’s ongoing healthcare shortfalls and HIV crisis. For those reasons and more, American clinicians and researchers […]

Health workforce report feels like Groundhog Day for global health

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The following is a post by Frontline Health Worker Coalition chair and Save the Children Child Survival Campaign Chief Mary Beth Powers, that appeared Monday on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition blog as a reaction piece to the Global Health Workforce Alliance and World Health Organization report estimating a current shortage of 7.2 million health […]

Fauci: HIV imaging yields “significant advance” in vaccine inquiry

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For 15 years scientists have worked to get a clear enough picture of how the protein surrounding the virus that leads to AIDS interacts with antibodies, to guide the development of a vaccine that would instigate an effective immune response. For years, the delicate and complicated structure of that protein has made that difficult, and […]

A TB vaccine? GHIT Fund eyes that prize, and more as public private partnership takes off

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What does it take to move research from recognition of need to realization? Increasingly, in a funding landscape that has seen an actual decline in dollars to develop new tools for tuberculosis along with other diseases, the answer has been public-private partnerships. The most recent prominent example is the Global Health Innovative Technology — GHIT […]

HIV treatment out of reach where needed most; policy brief examines reasons, impact

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Unabated  HIV, hepatitis and TB epidemics, overlapping with rising rates of cancers, heart disease, and other chronic noncommunicable illnesses, along with the costs of lifelong treatments are seeing middle-income countries struggling to meet their population’s health needs, the recently released brief Access Challenges for HIV Treatment begins. Add failures in procurement and distribution systems, as […]

Hormonal Contraception + HIV + Limited Data = “A Public Health Conundrum”

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Chelsea Polis, senior epidemiological advisor at USAID, has considered more questions surrounding hormonal contraception and HIV than most people know even exist. Does the use of  injectable hormonal contraceptives increase the risk of a woman acquiring HIV? If a woman has HIV, does her use of an injectable hormonal contraceptive increase the risk that her […]

While unreached populations challenge HIV response successes, Malawi High Court to review sodomy laws

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When three stories from widely diverse sources address the same topic in the same week, they provide a glimpse of problems viewed from different angles, and perhaps a glimpse of progress. In this case, the day after this article from Reuters asked Could Concentrated HIV epidemics make AIDS unbeatable? a PBS feature story explored The […]