Monthly Archives: October 2018

49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Integrating HIV treatment and TB preventative therapy greatly improves IPT adherence

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – When tuberculosis preventive therapy is delivered with HIV treatment services and patients get a choice in where they access treatment, completion of tuberculosis preventive therapy rises, helping to ensure people living with HIV stay healthy, researchers said here. This model of prevention should be scaled up in TB-HIV high burden settings, researchers […]

49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Activists call for price drop on MDR-TB drug

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Attendees here observed a minute of silence on Thursday in remembrance of an 18-year-old girl in India who died two weeks ago from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. She died, treatment advocates explained, because she couldn’t access bedaquiline, a drug that received regulatory approval five years before she needed it. Among attendees here joining the […]

49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Private provider engagement led to 10-fold increase in Mumbai TB case detection

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – In Mumbai, the largest city in the world’s highest TB burden country, more than half of people living with active tuberculosis disease go undetected and undiagnosed every year. Much of the failure to adequately detect TB cases stems from a dependence on the private sector for health care – more than […]

49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: GeneXpert can test stool samples to accurately diagnose TB in children

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Tuberculosis in children — disease that responds to first line treatment, as well as drug-resistant strains — can be accurately diagnosed by using existing GeneXpert machines and cartridges to test stool samples for TB bacteria, researchers announced here. Not only can GeneXpert accurately diagnose TB and drug resistance in a fraction of […]

49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Study shows scaling up TB prevention in children is possible

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Children – especially very young children – are at high risk of developing severe tuberculosis illness when exposed to a member of their household who has active disease, but only 23 percent of child contacts of adults with active disease are provided with TB preventive therapy, researchers said here. That leaves 1.3 […]

49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: First promising TB vaccine candidate in 100 years needs more resources, researchers say

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – When the Ebola outbreak hit West Africa in 2014 and took more than 11,000 lives in two years, public and private organizations mobilized the development of a vaccine in a year and a half. That vaccine now is being used to control the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In […]

What we’re reading: Before the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, we’re reading how fair pricing and policies can end TB

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With the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health about to open in the Hague Wednesday, with a theme of “Declaring Our Rights: Social and Political Solutions,” befitting the city of justice, we’re reading how fair pricing and responsive policies can speed progress against an ancient disease. And stay tuned — Science Speaks will be […]

DRC prison TB outbreak brings conditions, risks to wider community, to light

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At a prison where more than one in five inmates was confirmed to be sick with TB, an outbreak investigation sparked recommendations for reforms With a large stock of soon-to-expire Xpert cartridges, at the end of 2014 the diagnostic laboratory near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mbuji-Mayi medium security prison started using the technology for […]

WHO emergency committee: DRC Ebola outbreak “extraordinary” but not a PHEIC

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While security concerns stemming from ongoing local armed conflict pose extraordinary challenges, and proximity to neighboring countries raise risks of cross border spread, the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not meet the criteria to be declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern — or PHEIC — a committee […]

Citing overlooked social, economic, health impacts, study estimates West Africa Ebola outbreak costs at more than $53 billion

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Estimate exceeds previous estimates by more than $20 billion Deaths from non-Ebola causes contributed to highest West Africa outbreak costs, authors say During the 2013 to 2016 spread of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as health systems and health workers were overtaken by the impacts of the virus, about a million fewer children […]