Category Archives: Live Blog Archive

IDWeek 2020: Smallpox eradication offers lessons 40 years on, but they’re not easy

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Four decades after it was made official, the eradication of smallpox remains a unique achievement. It is an achievement that stands as proof that a disease meeting the right biological criteria can, with the right strategy, be wiped from the face of the earth. But while attempted, it has not been duplicated. Nor, on examination, […]

IDWeek: A talk examines micro-epidemics, and the elusive solutions they require

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At a conference dominated by discussion of a coronavirus pandemic that, circling the globe, has led to the infections of more than 41 million people and killed more than a million, Dr. Judith Feinberg this week came to talk about a smaller scale public health challenge in a talk titled “HIV Micro-Epidemics: When HIV Comes […]

The 51st Union Conference on Lung Health: Race to secure COVID-19 vaccine doses leaves most countries behind

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The United States is lagging behind other high-income countries in cutting deals with COVID-19 vaccine developers for doses of vaccine per capita, scientists at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health showed. With 48 candidate vaccines currently in human clinical trials globally, countries and multilateral organizations are in a race to secure enough doses […]

IDWeek 2020: A look at HIV, COVID-19 in America highlights the role of racism as a vector of infectious diseases

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The 2020 Edward H. Kass Lecture: “All policy is health policy” When the disparate and damaging impacts of HIV and AIDS on Black Americans across the United States finally began to draw notice in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the recognition came with an assumption. Those most affected by the epidemic, common wisdom had […]

IDWeek 2020: Dr. Frieden, WHO’s Dr. Ryan wrap up “Chasing the Sun” with a look at COVID-19 as a long term public health threat

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Get to know this new coronavirus well. “”We’re not halfway through it,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said, in the concluding session of “Chasing the Sun,” a 24-hour global view of the pandemic that opened IDWeek 2020’s virtual gathering of infectious diseases specialists worldwide. Calling the […]

The 51st Union Conference on Lung Health: Four-month regimen cures TB as well as standard six-month treatment course

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A shorter four-month drug regimen to treat tuberculosis is as safe and effective as the standard six-month regimen in curing drug-susceptible TB, researchers presented at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health being held virtually this week. The shorter regimen – the first successful short treatment regimen for TB identified in more than 40 […]

IDWeek 2020: Dr. Fauci opens “Chasing the Sun” with a view of COVID-19 in the U.S.

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“His advice is honest and rooted in sound science,” former President George W. Bush “He’s the guy I’ve gone to since 1993 . . . and still do,” National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins “Thank you for what you do and who you are,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus The former President […]

CROI 2020: COVID-19 session explores how we got here, and where we’re going

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On the opening night of this conference, a discussion of “how we got here” recounted a week of discussions and swiftly escalating events surrounding the spread of COVID-19 that got us here, at the first online version of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Today that discussion took a longer view, across a history […]

CROI 2020: The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections goes virtual amid COVID-19 spread

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A day and a half before the start of CROI 2020 was set to bring scientists and clinical researchers together for a week of presentations and discussions on HIV challenges and advances, an email landed in the inboxes of would be attendees — stay where you are, it said, and if you’re on the way, […]

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 […]