Category Archives: TB

As WHO TB report shows 3 million undiagnosed and cites drug-resistance “public health crisis,” physicians urge Obama to increase funding

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Three million people sick with tuberculosis go undiagnosed each year, while failures to address strains of disease that don’t respond to drugs constitute a public health crisis, according to the World Health Organization’s just released 2013 Global Tuberculosis Report. While the report cites progress in continued drops in TB incidence and deaths, it emphasizes that […]

CDC report on U.S. TB drug shortage reflects local and global challenges

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With no medicine on hand, a father and his infant who have just been diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis go untreated, the delay prolonging their recoveries as well as the time they will remain infectious. The delay adds to the risk that they will get sicker and resistant to more drugs, increases the odds that those […]

Good Participatory Practice TB drug trial guidelines lay groundwork for research, use of new treatments

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If you consider all the years that time stood still in the world of tuberculosis drug research, the most compelling aspect of the Good Participatory Practice Guidelines for TB Drug Trials just released by a Critical Paths to TB Drug Regimens working group is that occasions exist for them to be used. With nearly half […]

Researchers, actress agree: Following past lapses, future in TB, HIV prevention promising, challenging

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In the giddy talk of a turning tide and the chance for an “AIDS-free generation,” a look at the recent history of responses to tuberculosis, the science surrounding that disease as it stands now, and what, after a period of premature complacency in the middle of the last century, yet is to be done to […]

WHO’s TB chief: ‘We have to be bold’

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Dr. Mario Raviglione has been the director of the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Department since 2003. He spoke with John Donnelly about his frustrations with detecting cases of multidrug-resistant TB as well as with delays in accomplishing widespread availablity of the GeneXpert machine, which can detect drug-resistant TB in two hours, compared to two […]

CDC looks at TB/HIV syndemic, Lancet looks at expectations for Jim Kim, studies look at lower HIV risks for gay fathers, importance of healthy vaginas, and more. . .

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CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]

New vaccine would revolutionize the fight against tuberculosis…if funding is available

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How could the world dramatically lower the incidence of tuberculosis and save millions of lives?  An effective TB vaccine would revolutionize the response to TB, which kills about 5000 people each day, and eliminate the need for lengthy and often difficult drug treatment.    An effective vaccine would be of tremendous benefit all over the world, including […]

Key Decision on TB and AIDS Funding Looms in the U.S. House

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Editor’s Note: We will be blogging today about the House Appropriations subcommittee meeting, filing an update on funding levels for global health programs. So check back to see what happens! At last week’s HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting in Namibia, participants expressed deep concern about the commitment among donor nations to maintaining the momentum in the global fight […]