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Simultaneous Treatment For Patients With TB, AIDS Is More Effective, Study Says

New York Times: Treating Tuberculosis and AIDS Together Saves Lives “Patients who have multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis and AIDS are more likely to live if they get simultaneous treatment for both diseases rather than waiting weeks to start the AIDS treatment, a new study has found…” (McNeil, 2/17).

CDC Global Health Security Projects In Uganda, Vietnam Boost Disease Response

Three news outlets report on findings published in the CDC’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, regarding global health security projects in Uganda and Vietnam. CBS News: CDC: Other countries’ health threats can affect U.S. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that just because there’s a disease outbreak…

Genetic Mutations Helping TB In Russia Spread More Efficiently

Nature: Russia’s drug-resistant TB spreading more easily “Bacterial ‘superbugs’ are getting ever more potent. Tuberculosis (TB) strains in Russia carry mutations that not only make them resistant to antibiotics but also help them to spread more effectively, according to an analysis of 1,000 genomes from different TB isolates — the…

Antibiotic Resistance Poses Real Threat, Experts Say

Agence France-Presse: A world without antibiotics? The risk is real: experts “Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics, a world of plummeting life expectancy where people die from diseases easily treatable today, scientists say. Experts tracking the rise of drug resistance say years of health gains…

MSF Takes Open Approach To Humanitarian Data

SciDev.Net: MSF pioneers opening up access to humanitarian data “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organizations will follow suit. MSF decided to make the data its clinical and research staff collect freely available online, says a…

Wellcome Trust Director Warns Against Antibiotic Resistance

The Guardian: Disease resistance to antibiotics at tipping point, expert warns “The director of the Wellcome Trust has warned that resistance of disease to antibiotics has reached a tipping point at which it could creep into the U.K. almost without notice. Professor Jeremy Farrar said the effects would be gradual…

Blog Reviews Recent IOM Report On Drug-Resistant TB

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reviews “the Institute of Medicine’s recent report on the global crisis of drug-resistant TB, itself a summary of a joint workshop hosted by the IOM and the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing earlier [in 2013].…

Mobile Technology Can Help Patients Adhere To, Doctors Monitor TB Treatment

Fox News: How smartphones have become a powerful tuberculosis treatment tool Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon vice president of global corporate social responsibility and president of the Verizon Foundation “Mobile technology can not only improve medication adherence, it can deliver disease education, send behavioral intervention reminders, increase access to specialty care…

2013 Saw Victories, Challenges In Global Health

Huffington Post: Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2013 Karl Hofmann, PSI president and CEO “Global health saw plenty of victories and setbacks in 2013. Drug-resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall. Amid these challenges emerged a changing…

Drug-Resistant TB Is ‘Ticking Time Bomb,’ WHO Warns

“The [WHO] warns of a ‘ticking time bomb’ as tuberculosis is getting increasingly resistant to antibiotics,” TIME reports. “A rampant misuse of antibiotics has led to the bacteria’s increasing resistance, which has mainly affected China, Russia and India,” the magazine notes (Liljas, 12/12). The agency “estimates almost 500,000 people around…

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