Category Archives: Live Blog Archive

World Health Assembly on 2019:  US steps aside on climate change health impacts

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GENEVA – The countries least responsible for climate change are paying the highest price in health impacts, a delegate from Barbados was the first to note here on Thursday. That point was repeated by representatives from more countries in deliberations toward the draft World Health Organization global strategy on health, environment and climate change that […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Failures persist in DRC Ebola outbreak responses, leaders say

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GENEVA – While international agencies identify violence and community mistrust as the main reasons the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains uncontrolled, here DRC Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga identified gaps in communication, data and planning as additional weaknesses preventing effective responses. “We need to emerge from silos,” he […]

World Health Assembly 2019: As antibiotic pipeline dimishes, time runs out for patients

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GENEVA – Jonathan was a 27-year-old healthy newlywed when he broke his leg in a skiing accident. Surgery on his leg was followed by bad pain, swelling, and redness. He had a bloodstream infection. Within four days, the infection spread to his brain. His laboratory test results indicated that the bacteria causing his infection were […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Health leaders confront impacts of global vaccine barriers

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GENEVA – Expert panelists from the World  Health Organization, United States, other nations and civil society agreed in a discussion here today that misinformation, easily spread through social media, continues to cause significant confusion among parents about the safety and benefits of vaccines. At least 480 websites are currently dedicated to actively spread misinformation about […]

World Health Assembly 2019: No universal health coverage without better access to medicines, health ministers say

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GENEVA – The vision of universal health coverage dominates the discussions at the 72nd World Health Organization gathering, to the point that initials are considered sufficient — UHC — to argue its importance. Still, the goal remains far out of reach without greatly improved access to medicines, diagnostic tools and vaccines, health ministers said here […]

CUGH 2019: Researchers say training, resources for the “private sector,” including traditional healers, will be critical to TB control

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CHICAGO – To find the missing tuberculosis cases that go unreported each year, national TB programs will have to reach out to the places where the most people seek care, researchers said here. And that’s not in public hospitals or clinics where capacities to respond to TB already exist, but in the private sector in […]

CROI 2019: PopART HIV prevention study brings confirmation but also questions

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Door-to-door HIV counseling and testing, followed by immediate access to treatment led to incidence drops — but with a caveat . . . SEATTLE – When the PopART study began in Zambia and  South Africa five years ago, the measures it would test among roughly a million people were so obviously beneficial, that the results […]

CROI 2019: Will the “Düsseldorf patient” make three — further propelling cure research?

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Five years after a stem cell transplant with the same critical factor as those received by the Berlin patient and the London patient, and four months after stopping antiretroviral treatment, a Düsseldorf man remains virally suppressed SEATTLE – Exemplifying both the caution and the optimism essential to HIV cure science, Dr. Björn-Erik Ole Jensen won’t […]

CROI 2019: Two “game changing regimens” together show promise for preventing TB in people living with HIV

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SEATTLE – A new and shorter drug regimen to prevent tuberculosis illness can safely be given to people with HIV who are on antiretroviral treatment regimens that include dolutegravir, researchers here announced. The finding is good news for people living with HIV for two reasons. The new regimen – consisting of the TB drugs isoniazid […]