Category Archives: TB

Following release of WHO TB report, a discussion examines how to end an epidemic

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“For some reason, diseases usually start equally among everyone in society, but every disease always falls down to the poorest of the poor,” Larry Gostin said Wednesday. “Now we see that tuberculosis has fallen down to the poorest of the poor,” Gostin, O’Neill Institute Chair of Georgetown University and director of the World Health Organization […]

WHO report shows TB, treatable and curable, surpassing HIV as No. 1 infectious disease killer

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While tuberculosis deaths have dropped by nearly half since 1990, an estimated 4400 people die daily from TB, a disease “that often strikes the voiceless . . .” As World Health Organization report is released, USAID official says White House “is close to” releasing plan for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis . . . With the deaths of […]

Lancet TB series on local data, active case-finding, preventive treatment, community input and more . . . We’re reading how to end tuberculosis

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A Lancet special series developed by an international team and led by Dr. Salmaan Keshavjee of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine lays out proven elements of tuberculosis control and how they can be worked into comprehensive approaches in high-risk, low-resource settings. And, at the same time the latest antiretroviral treatment […]

Is plan for drug-resistant TB delayed amid cost concerns, while cost of delay goes unnoticed?

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Recent history of White House proposed cuts to tuberculosis programming and research raise questions on status of Administration plan for MDR-TB  A Huffington Post article last week described the individual impact, the economic damage and the global threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis in stark and efficient terms, starting with the case of one woman in the U.S., a teacher […]

TB diagnostic tool development and access remain first obstacles to finding and treating tuberculosis where it poses greatest threats

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In the obstacle course that detecting, treating and curing tuberculosis can present to populations most affected by the disease, the first hurdle, caused by gaps in technology appropriate to realities where the disease flourishes, remains diagnosis. In turn, obstacles to developing diagnostic tools and getting them on the ground, include lack of resources to test […]

Tuberculosis: The world waits for a plan, patients with drug-resistant disease wait for options

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Two recently published pieces on the paucity of treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis open with anecdotes centered on one patient each — a little girl in Mumbai, and a 39-year-old man in the U.S. A third opens in a South Africa hospital waiting room. All three zoom out from there to examine the impact of a […]