Author Archives: Rabita Aziz

49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: 90 percent of participants in short-course XDR-TB regimen cured after six months

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – New results from the ongoing Nix-TB trial continue to confirm a short-course treatment regimen of bedaquiline – one of the two newest drugs to treat TB in half a century – linezolid and pretomanid offers a significantly improved treatment option for people infected with drug resistant forms of tuberculosis, researchers said […]

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 […]

IDWeek 2018: Global health security is primary mission of CDC, Director Redfield says

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SAN FRANCISCO – Preparing for infectious disease outbreaks with potentially global impacts, both in the U.S. and abroad, must be a permanent and pivotal focus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said here in a conversation with IDSA President Dr. Paul Auwaerter and HIV Medicine Association Chair Dr. Melanie […]

IDWeek 2018: Stronger political will needed to end TB, says infectious diseases expert

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SAN FRANCISCO – The UN High Level Meeting on Ending Tuberculosis targets on TB detection, treatment and prevention, along with targets on increasing funding for responses and research, are the right ones to end the epidemic by 2030. But without stronger political will – particularly from countries with the highest burdens of tuberculosis – the […]

IDWeek 2018: Astronaut discusses effects of space travel on human health

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SAN FRANCISCO – What are the effects of radiation on microbiome samples for scientific study? How about the effects on the scientists conducting those experiments? How do you conduct infection control when you live and sleep in your lab – all while orbiting 250 miles from Earth? These are some of the questions astronaut and […]