Author Archives: Rabita Aziz

2019-nCoV: With daunting and likely impacts in African countries, cost of three-month global response to novel coronavirus is $676m, WHO says

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GENEVA – The World Health Organization estimates $675 million will be required between February and April to support responses to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, officials said here, for measures that include strengthening preparedness and response capacities in highly vulnerable countries. These include low- and middle-income countries at high risk of imported cases and with […]

2019-nCoV: CDC expands coronavirus screening to 20 airports, raises travel alert across China

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Dr. Fauci discusses steps toward vaccine, treatment, diagnostic development at NIAID in briefing on U.S. response to coronavirus spread where Sec. Azar leaves travel restrictions “on the table” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its recommendation to avoid nonessential travel to Wuhan, China to one advising travelers to avoid nonessential travel […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Socioeconomic support improves TB prevention

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – Accelerating efforts to prevent tuberculosis wherever it is treated has been the rallying cry in Hyderabad during this conference. One study shows that providing financial incentives plus social support not only improves TB treatment completion but increases TB screening and preventative therapy uptake among household members of TB patients. “TB is the archetypal […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Prevention trial targets multidrug-resistant TB

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is investing $70 million in a phase III clinical trial assessing the use of tuberculosis treatments in preventing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis infection among high-risk individuals, including infected household contacts of MDR-TB patients and people living with HIV, institute officials announced here. The trial will compare the […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB drug price drop aims to accelerate access to improved preventive therapy

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – A Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Unitaid and pharmaceutical company agreement will reduce the price of a three-month course of rifapentine – a key drug used in preventive therapy against tuberculosis – by 66% in 100 low- and middle-income countries, officials from Unitaid and pharmaceutical company Sanofi announced here […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: NIH announces $30 million for research to spur TB vaccine development

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HYDERABAD, INDIA –  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will dedicate $30 million in new funding to accelerate development of new vaccines against tuberculosis. The announcement of the funding, which will be used to establish centers of immunology research at U.S. institutions, came during the same session researchers announced that for the first time […]

50th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Vaccine candidate shows effectiveness in preventing active TB disease

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HYDERABAD, INDIA – The world is one major step closer to a vaccine against tuberculosis, researchers said here, with results from a clinical trial of an investigational candidate showing 50% efficacy in preventing latent TB infection from progressing to active TB disease that was sustained three years after the start of the study. “We have […]

IDWeek 2019: Malnutrition is a major driver of TB epidemic globally

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WASHINGTON, DC – Malnutrition is a significant risk factor for developing active tuberculosis disease, accounting for one quarter of all 1.6 million tuberculosis cases globally, while other risk factors like smoking and diabetes are attributed with 16% and 7.5% of infections respectively, researchers said here Tuesday. In spite of that, Dr. Natasha Hochberg of Boston […]

IAS 2019: Collapse of Venezuela’s health infrastructure dismantles HIV response

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MEXICO CITY – A decade ago, Venezuela had one of the most progressive responses to its HIV epidemic in the world. In the 1990s the country’s Supreme Court mandated that the government provide lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, catalyzing a national HIV program which provided comprehensive care to everyone who qualified. Now, after more than five years […]

IAS 2019: Scientist highlights the weight of the smallest organism in HIV risk

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MEXICO CITY – When you think of factors associated with increased risks of acquiring HIV, big pictures of marginalization, discrimination, geographic location, economic inequities and gender inequality might come to mind. With two maps here on Tuesday, a scientist zeroed in on a factor that, while literally microscopic, can also make a great difference: bacteria. On […]