Category Archives: ASTMH2016

65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Atlanta

ASTMH 2016: Impacts of TB go widely unrecognized, unaddressed in maternal and child health services

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ATLANTA, Ga – Modeling suggests that tuberculosis is responsible for 6 to 15 percent of all maternal mortality. But real data remains elusive. While evidence indicates greater risks for women during pregnancy of progressing from tuberculosis infection to illness, national TB reporting in highly affected countries does not include information on whether patients are pregnant […]

ASTMH 2016: Initiative engages low-income countries in responses to antimicrobial resistance

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ATLANTA, Ga – Eight years ago, the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy broadened its U.S.-based work on antimicrobial resistance to reach out to a small number of low-income countries. The goal, presenters here said Wednesday, was to support creation of in-country groups that could build national responses to antimicrobial resistance. The hope, Hellen […]

ASTMH 2016: Online resource offers platform for clinicians and researchers working on drug-resistant tuberculosis

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ATLANTA, Ga – An interactive online portal now allows clinicians and researchers across five countries heavily affected by drug-resistant tuberculosis to exchange and analyze information that includes X-rays, scans, genomic information and clinical data that includes types of resistance, co-infections, and outcomes of patients whose disease does not respond to the two most effective TB […]

ASTMH 2016: HIV cure trials can meet challenges in Africa, researcher says

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ATLANTA, Ga –  The challenges the quest for an HIV cure faces include the failure of every strategy so far, dissension surrounding patient selection for trials, and a reservoir of HIV virus that will only dissipate of its own accord over a 70-year period in most HIV-infected individuals, Dr. Robert Murphy from Northwestern University said […]

ASTMH 2016: Fungal infections still kill too many people with HIV

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ATLANTA, Ga – By the time the vast majority of people who have HIV reach testing and treatment for the virus, they have had it long enough, Greg Greene of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said here today, that they are vulnerable to deadly fungal infections. One, cryptococcal meningitis, causes 11 percent […]

ASTMH 2016: Infectious disease elimination is a long road

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ATLANTA, Ga – “Elimination has become an enchanted word,” Frank Richards of the Carter Center, said here this morning. He noted the “elimination” of measles in the United States in 2000, in spite of the large numbers of cases that continue to be reported each year. “Follow the metrics when the “e” words — elimination […]