Tag Archives: MDR-TB

Doing TB Diagnosis With Shopkeepers and Bicycles? Not a Sustainable Strategy

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There were plenty of frightening statistics and unsettling trends highlighted at today’s World TB Day briefing on Capitol Hill. But one photo captured the true scope of the problem in scaling up diagnosis and treatment of the global TB epidemic. Celine Gounder, MD, an IDSA member and TB/HIV specialist at Johns Hopkins University, described a […]

WHO Report on Drug-Resistant TB Paints Unsettling Picture

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What is more worrisome when it comes to drug-resistant TB: What we do know about the epidemic? Or what we don’t know? The latest World Health Organization report on the epidemic provides plenty of both—some grim facts and some disconcerting question marks.  Take these nuggets: *A shocking 41 percent of countries cannot provide reliable data […]

Aren’t These Lives Worth Saving, Too?

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This is a guest blog jointly submitted by Jerald C. Sadoff, MD, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation and Mel Spigelman, MD, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development. In recent weeks, U.S.-based global health advocates have been scrutinizing and providing […]

New MDR-TB Study Highlights the Promise of R&D in Fight Against Deadly Bug

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In a small new study, researchers found that linezolid, an antibiotic first approved in 2000, may be an effective component in the treatment of multidrug-resistant drug-resistant tuberculosis. But as previous research of this drug has suggested, linezolid is far from a perfect cure for the global epidemic of drug-resistant TB, and the findings reinforce the […]

WHO Report: Progress Made in Treating TB, But Key Challenges Remain

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An estimated 8 million tuberculosis-related deaths have been averted over the last 15 years through aggressive global efforts to combat this ancient and deadly epidemic, according to a new report released today by the World Health Organization.  The epidemiological report, which provides more up-to-date figures than usual, says there were an estimated 9.4 million new […]

At MDR-TB summit's end, expressions of frustration

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. The Pacific Health Summit ended today with expressions of frustration from both activists and global leaders in the world’s lack of progress against tuberculosis — especially controlling drug-resistant […]

The question of universal access for TB patients

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. In the world of HIV/AIDS, a long rallying cry has been universal access for treatment. Now it’s coming to the world of TB – and likely for other […]

Newsmaker: Seeking partners in Russia to fight MDR-TB

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Vladimir Troitskiy, head of medical department for Russia’s Federal Penitentiary System, under the Minister of Justice, told people attending the Pacific Health Summit on Wednesday that Russia was […]

Photographs from the TB front-lines

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. When renowned photojournalist James Nachtwey went on assignment to document the depth of the world’s tuberculosis problem, he says he witnessed pain everywhere. “ I try to put […]

Fighting TB in the mountains of Lesotho

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. At one session at the Pacific Health Summit today, Dr. Mphu Ramatlapeng, Lesotho’s minister of health, told delegates that the best way for developing countries to fight TB […]