Monthly Archives: May 2017

We’re reading about USAID nominee Mark Green: Former Tanzania ambassador, Congressman, WorldTeach volunteer

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With an “America First” budget outline proposing massive cuts to foreign aid, global health and international medical research collaborations on the table, the Trump administration’s pick for the next head of USAID faces a landscape strewn with unpredictable challenges. With overseas exposure that began with a volunteer stint in Kenya, a term on the House […]

Study projects drug-resistant tuberculosis transmissions to climb in four countries

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Using data on outcomes and impacts of tuberculosis across four countries with some of the highest rates of the disease, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found indications that person-to-person transmission will drive rising rates of TB that does not respond to treatments of first and second resort over the […]

GeneXpert technology “a gold standard” to monitor Ebola risks among survivors

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The Ebola epidemic in West Africa was waning in March 2015, when a new patient highlighted the danger that virus lingering in the semen of men who had recovered from the illness could continue to be transmitted months after the crisis had been declared over. The case of the patient, whose only exposure had been […]

Where harm reduction policies went up, hepatitis C incidence went down, study finds

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In a study tracking numbers of new infections of hepatitis C and rates of sharing syringes among people injecting drugs over two and a half decades, differences in infection trends emerged across cities in North America, Australia and the Netherlands, researchers report in a recent Clinical Infectious Diseases. While rates of new infections remained high […]

Future of global health funding uncertain during time of great need, panelists say

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While lawmakers have indicated they may reject cuts to U.S. global health funding, the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Institutes for Health, among other agencies, “should be looked at as a clear direction of where U.S. policy towards global health is going,” Jen Kates of the […]

WHO TB Guidelines updated to reflect effective patient-centered practices

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With an emphasis on treatment that reaches all people sick with tuberculosis, and systems responsive to and supportive of patients, the World Health Organization has released an update to its tuberculosis care guidelines, highlighting issues that many of the countries with the highest burden of TB disease continue to fall short of confronting. The update […]