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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 […]

Guinea study finds drops in facility-based births during West Africa Ebola crisis

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The following is a guest post by Janine Barden O’Fallon, PhD, MEASURE Evaluation Guinea was one of the three most affected countries in the longest and deadliest outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease ever recorded (2014–2015). The disease also had the indirect effects on access to health services and potential mortality from other conditions. My colleagues […]

WHO releases updated drug-resistant TB guidelines, removing toxic injectables from recommended treatments

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With the release of a “pre-final text” of updated guidelines for treatment of multidrug- and rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis, the World Health Organization made official substantial changes to its recommendations that the agency first announced in August. The changes, announced in a “rapid communication,” which the WHO said was intended to give TB programs time to plan for […]

We’re reading about maintaining and advancing the gains of biomedical research on the ground

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At the tipping point – A decade and a half of U.S. global leadership against three infectious diseases has turned the trajectories of deadly pandemics and created a road map for ending the worldwide health threats posed by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as by outbreaks to come. But the advances led by the […]

Zambia, South Africa prevention study finds those with herpes virus facing six times HIV risk

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Communities’ HIV prevalence could be predicted “almost exactly” from prevalence of herpes virus, researchers find A study across 21 communities in Zambia and South Africa confirms a strong association between infection with the virus that causes genital herpes, and HIV infection, with findings that indicate being already infected with herpes simplex virus 2, or HSV2, […]

What we’re reading: World TB Day finds cases rising in New York in the midst of momentum

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Tuberculosis could come back – Can the impacts of TB around the world be ended, when places where incidence of the preventable and curable disease continues to rise even include New York, the city that is home to more billionaires that any other on earth? While TB incidence in the United States is on the […]

Study: Preventive infection-fighting drugs can cut deaths in people starting HIV treatment late

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In the era of World Health Organization guidelines recommending immediate antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV before the disease progresses, the reality in sub-Saharan Africa remains that up to 25 percent of patients who show up at clinics show up with extremely advanced illness, and that about 10 percent of them die soon after starting […]

Senate funding committees vote to boost NIH, global TB investments, maintain global and domestic health funding

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Senate appropriators today rejected budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration and voted to increase funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion while maintaining current funding for virtually all global and domestic health programs. With details on the particulars still sketchy, the funding subcommittee appears to have rejected cuts […]