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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: Ending HIV as an epidemic will demand innovation, inclusion, an expanded workforce — and funding

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As the federal Ending the HIV epidemic takes form, experts talk details, challenges: “How do we get there from here?” WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly four decades into an epidemic that has taken the lives more than 700,000 people in America, still close to 40,000 people in this country are diagnosed with HIV here each year. […]

IDWeek 2019: Zika, STD talks underscore impacts of funding gaps, missed opportunities

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WASHINGTON, DC – You pay now, or you pay more later. That was one shared point of two named lectures here Thursday, as speakers told the stories of largely different epidemics with current, lasting and escalating impacts. In responses to both Zika and to sexually transmitted diseases, reductions or gaps in funding for services protecting […]

IDWeek 2019: When violent DRC conflict sidelines Ebola responders, a relentless epidemic, and innovation follow

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WASHINGTON, DC – It was August of 2018 when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deployed public health officer Dr. Mary Choi to Beni as part of a small group responding to the outbreak of Ebola that had been recognized in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the beginning of the month. […]

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 […]