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Europe Facing Rising Cost Of Drug-Resistant TB, Study Says

“Europe is facing a multi-billion-euro time bomb of rising costs to control tuberculosis (TB) as drug-resistant forms of the lung disease spread, a pioneering study found,” Reuters reports. “Often thought of as a disease of the past or one restricted to marginalized communities, TB is already inflicting annual direct costs…

Pharmaceutical Industry, International Community Must Place Drug-Resistant TB On Agenda

Writing in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog, Emily Wise, a doctor volunteering with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, an area where drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is endemic, examines the conflict surrounding the treatment of the disease with a drug that can cause depression and suicidal…

Global Health Agencies Must Do More To Combat Drug-Resistant TB In North Korea

“Tuberculosis has long been recognized as one of the biggest public health problems in North Korea, but there is a disturbing new development: much of the TB in North Korea is resistant to regular antibiotics,” K.J. Seung, deputy director for the Partners In Health project in Lesotho and a physician…

Blog Describes Status Of Two Experimental TB Drugs

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on the status of two experimental drugs to treat tuberculosis. “On Friday, the European Medicines Agency issued a statement refusing authorization to market [the experimental drug] delamanid for treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, saying the benefits of delamanid ‘had not been…

Nature Examines ‘Little-Known’ Class Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Nature reports on “a little-known class of antibiotic-resistant bacteria: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CREs),” noting Sally Davies, the United Kingdom’s chief medical officer, “described CREs as a risk as serious as terrorism,” and CDC Director Thomas Frieden has called for an alarm to be sounded over the issue. According to the magazine,…

Global Health Experts Examine Key Strategies To Tackle Drug Resistant Malaria

In a post in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network,” global health experts weigh in on “key strategies to tackle drug-resistant malaria.” The blog provides commentary from Tamara Bugembe, a pediatric registrar at the Bamenda Regional Hospital in Bamenda, Cameroon; Jörg Möhrle, head of translational medicine at Medicines for Malaria…

NPR Examines Reemergence Of Tuberculosis

NPR’s Shots blog examines the reemergence of tuberculosis in some parts of the world as well as the history of the disease, including in the U.S., as part of its continued coverage on the disease. “TB is not at all treated with the diligence that it should be,” Mel Spigelman, president and…

European Leaders Must Make Good On Commitments To Fight TB

“One third of the world’s population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB, and one tenth of these people will become sick from the illness during their lifetime,” WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “Today we are…

Doctors Face Challenges In Treating Drug-Resistant TB Among Children

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” on Tuesday reported on the challenges of treating children with tuberculosis (TB), particularly drug-resistant TB, a “growing epidemic.” TB drugs are not designed for children, which “means they aren’t packaged in smaller doses, and may not even have been tested for child-specific effectiveness…

Guardian To Host Online Conversation On Drug-Resistant Malaria

On July 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. UK time (8 a.m. to 10 a.m. EDT), The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” will host an online conversation addressing the challenges to treating artemisinin-resistant malaria and preventing the spread of the disease. “[W]hat are the ways to tackle drug resistant…

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