Author Archives: Antigone Barton

WHO: Measles cases up worldwide from this time last year

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With more than 112,000 cases of measles reported by 170 countries so far this year, the world is seeing rising rates of a vaccine-preventable illness over last year, according to data released by the World Health Organization today. At this point last year, with just seven fewer countries providing data, a little more than 28,000 […]

DRC Ebola outbreak still not a PHEIC, committee says, while calling for “redoubled efforts”

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Expressing concern over recent increases in areas, and continued risk of cross border spread, and unprecedented challenges posed by ongoing violence in the affected area, committee chair notes the outbreak still has not entered other countries, “now, over many months” The WHO emergency committee convened to evaluate whether the ongoing spread of Ebola in the […]

Reaching men through index testing can speed path to first “90” — and epidemic control

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To control the global health threat of HIV by 2030, according to UNAIDS, these goals must be reached by 2020: To diagnose 90 percent of all HIV-positive persons, provide antiretroviral therapy for 90 percent of those diagnosed, and to achieve viral suppression for 90 percent of those treated. The initial step in achieving this aim […]

As an opioid crisis drives the spread of HIV, Kentucky plan invests in harm reduction, training, care and community

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Using funds generated by Kentucky’s HIV drug assistance program, a plan launched this month will support urgent and ongoing responses to the infectious disease impacts of an injecting drug use epidemic From all the evidence that Dr. Alice Thornton and her colleagues could see in the growing numbers of patients coming through the doors of […]

Reaffirming support for widely expanded global gag rule, Sec. Pompeo denies policy has affected global health responses, and adds restrictions

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Claiming that the “vast majority of our implementing partners have agreed to comply” with the policy expanded by President Trump banning any U.S.-funded overseas organization from providing any information, services or referrals to terminate a pregnancy, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo this morning reiterated administration support for the restriction widely known as “the Global Gag […]

What we’re reading: It is past time to end the impacts of tuberculosis

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India should heed a teenager’s historic fight for lifesaving tuberculosis treatment – The grotesque story told here of how a bureaucratic technicality was allowed to stand between a teenage girl and the cure she needed for drug-resistant tuberculosis can be seen as a microcosm of larger scale failures to conquer an ancient disease by sharing […]

CDC U.S., global TB data highlight worldwide needs for extended screening, preventive treatment, access to newest medicines

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Releasing the most recent domestic and global data on tuberculosis incidence in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized that while rates of new cases continue to drop, they are not declining swiftly enough to reach important and achievable goals. Those goals include ones agreed to […]

WHO finalizes MDR-TB treatment guidance recommending shift from injections

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Including recommendations that injected drugs with permanent debilitating side effects not be included in longer treatment regimens against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and the inclusion of the most recently added drugs, bedaquiline and delamanid in those treatments, the World Health Organization today released updated guidelines for treating TB that does not respond to first line treatments. The […]

STREAM Trial: Nine-month regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis brings “promising cure rates”

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A randomized, multi-country clinical trial testing a regimen for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis in less than a year against the up to two-year regimen recommended by the World Health Organization in 2011 guidelines, substantiates earlier observed findings showing comparable success rates between the two. The STREAM trial (Standard Treatment Regimen of Anti-Tuberculosis drugs for patients with […]