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Treatment rationing, other structural barriers stand in the way of stopping spread of hepatitis C among people living with HIV, study finds

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When provinces in Canada lifted restrictions pegging eligibility for treatment for hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals to the stage of the disease — or range of liver damage — to make the medicines universally accessible, the numbers of people who accessed the treatment nearly doubled, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. New initiation […]

New TB drug approval a milestone, all agree — with caveats, some add

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The announcement Wednesday of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of pretomanid, a new tuberculosis drug that has been part of a ground-breaking treatment regimen against the deadliest and most resistant form of the disease represented a major step forward on multiple fronts, international treatment advocates agree. One of only three new drugs receiving regulatory […]

Amid other challenges, Burundi begins front-line, health worker Ebola vaccinations at border

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DRC neighbor boosts preparedness for spread of virus while grappling with increasing malaria cases, continued cholera outbreak Burundi’s health ministry Tuesday launched a campaign to vaccinate  health workers and others on the front line of a Democratic Republic of Congo border crossing Tuesday, the most recent in a series of steps preparing for the eventuality […]

Improved Ebola survival rates with study treatments raise hopes, challenges

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Announcing favorable results from two of four Ebola treatment candidates being used in a randomized clinical trial among patients in the ongoing Democratic Republic of Congo outbreak, officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the World Health Organization, and a veteran Democratic Republic of Congo researcher today heralded preliminary data as yielding […]

When viral suppression didn’t last, lowering barriers to HIV treatment and care made a difference

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The goals of controlling HIV sound like a straight forward series of three consecutive steps, one following another, when discussed in global and domestic epidemic-ending plans. If 90 percent of all people living with the virus knew it, 90 percent of them access antiretroviral treatment, and 90 percent of those on treatment — that is […]

IAS 2019: With new data, WHO updates DTG guidelines including women in strong, preferred recommendation

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MEXICO CITY – Responding to expanded data gathered in Botswana and Brazil, and to input from communities of women living with HIV, the World Health Organization announced updated guidelines for the use of dolutegravir, restoring the agency’s recommendation that the antiretroviral medicine with fewer side effects, lower resistance, and quicker viral suppression than alternatives is […]

DRC Ebola outbreak now a PHEIC, WHO committee says following fourth meeting

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Citing recent cases that highlighted risks of international Ebola spread, and the killing earlier this week of two more responders working to control the ongoing outbreak of  the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a World Health Organization-convened committee today recommended that the agency declare the now year-long crisis in that country a Public […]

With data on largest AFM outbreak yet, CDC urges readiness to recognize, report cases

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With a report showing that 2018 yielded the highest case numbers seen so far of a paralyzing condition largely among children who had been sick with a respiratory virus, U.S. health officials today urged physicians to be ready to quickly test for and report acute flaccid myelitis as the season in which is its likeliest […]

Communication was Dr. Manasseh Phiri’s prescription for infectious diseases

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Dr. Manasseh Phiri was working at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia when I met him 10 years ago, although his days as a practicing physician were well behind him by then. Dispirited by the unrelenting toll of AIDS in his country over the decades before life-saving treatment made it there, when locals […]

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 […]