Category Archives: GeneXpert

Engaging the private sector to spur global development and save the foreign assistance budget

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Foreign assistance experts gathered Wednesday to discuss the George W. Bush administration’s legacy on global development, focusing on lessons learned and applying them to the next decade and beyond, at an event hosted by the Consensus for Development Reform and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network in Washington. The panel discussion revolved around a central theme […]

Advocates announce Civil Society Declaration on TB in Africa

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At an event commemorating World TB Day on Tuesday at PATH, the organization’s TB Team Leader D’Arcy Richardson reminded the audience of some lesser-known facts about the human toll of tuberculosis throughout the world: TB created 9.7 million orphans in 2009 alone; TB kills more women worldwide than all other causes of maternal mortality combined; […]

House launches TB Elimination Caucus

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Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) made a brief appearance Tuesday at a Congressional briefing, hosted by several TB advocacy organizations, highlighting tuberculosis and its continuation as a global health threat. He called the fact that TB hasn’t been eradicated “a sin,” and then briefly announced the newly formed U.S. House of Representatives TB Elimination Caucus – […]

Reichman: “TB has always been ignored and forgotten”

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In advance of World TB Day (Saturday, March 24) Science Speaks sat down with tuberculosis (TB) expert Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH, founding executive director of the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, to discuss the spread of drug-resistant TB and what he thinks are the most promising advances coming down the scientific pipeline. […]

Inaccurate TB blood tests commonplace in many TB high-burden countries

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Although recent press attention has highlighted the problematic use of TB serological tests by medical providers in India, a new paper in The European Respiratory Journal (Widespread use of serological tests for tuberculosis: data from 22 high-burden countries) demonstrates that the use of these tests is much wider spread. Drs. J. Grenier and M. Pai conducted […]

Physician in India discusses “Totally” Drug Resistant TB – Perspective from Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital

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Dr. Zarir F. Udwadia, a consultant chest physician at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. News reports of at least a dozen cases of “totally drug resistant” tuberculosis (TB) in India recently have raised various questions, including why India and why now?  In a letter to the editor in December’s issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases […]

Gates Foundation lays out revamped TB strategy

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Jan Gheuens, Acting Director of the TB program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) informed a packed audience at the International Conference of Lung Health of key changes in the Foundation’s strategy on tuberculosis.    The goal of the revamped strategy is to accelerate a reduction in TB incidence, which Gheuens described as more […]

How well does the GeneXpert rapid TB diagnostic perform among children?

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 The World Health Organization endorsed the rapid implementation of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF test for rapid tuberculosis detection, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB in HIV infected individuals in December of 2010 – taking time to diagnosis down to 100 minutes, whereas other tests can take up to three months to deliver results. At that time, however, […]

The latest in tuberculosis diagnostics

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Steve Lawn, from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, began his talk on diagnostics for HIV associated tuberculosis (TB) by reminding the audience of the enormous burden of TB in his country where one percent of the population develops TB disease each year. He gave his presentation to an audience at the 49th […]

WHO reports decline in global TB rates, warns progress is at risk

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The number of people getting sick from tuberculosis (TB) each year is dropping, and the number of people dying from the disease fell to its lowest level in a decade. World Health Organization (WHO) representatives made the announcement Tuesday morning at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, along with the launch of the WHO 2011 […]