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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…

Some HIV Patients In Africa Developing Drug Resistance, Study Shows

“New research suggests that some AIDS patients [in Africa] are developing drug intolerance and severe side effects and will now have to switch to new, more expensive antiretroviral regimens,” Inter Press Service reports. “Researchers in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi say some patients on the first-line antiretroviral drugs nevirapine and…

TB Is An Evolving Threat Globally, In U.S.

In a Newsweek opinion piece, Polly Price, an author and law professor at Emory University, examines the evolving threat of tuberculosis (TB) — “not only in the developing world, but also inside the United States, where the [CDC] recorded nearly 10,000 cases of TB last year.” She highlights the issue…

European Drug Agency Recommends Two TB Drugs For Approval

“European drug regulators gave their backing on Friday to two new medicines for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease that affects some 450,000 people worldwide each year and for which there are few effective treatments,” Reuters reports. “The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said its support for marketing authorizations for Otsuka’s…

Lancet Infectious Diseases Creates Commission To Address Antibiotic Resistance

“A crisis looms. In the very near and rapidly approaching future, the wonder-drugs of the 20th century, antibiotics, may cease to be useful,” a Lancet Infectious Diseases editorial states. “Against this bleak backdrop, the global activities of Antibiotic Awareness Week, starting November 18, seek to draw attention to a dire…

Wall Street Journal Examines Theft, Black-Market Sale Of Malaria Drugs In Africa

“U.S. investigators are leading a probe into the widespread theft and black-market resale of malaria drugs donated to Africa by the U.S. government,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper examines how “[o]rganized theft is plaguing the multibillion-dollar aid effort, according to people familiar with the investigation, raising questions about…

Bangladeshi Government Working To Rid Markets Of Fake, Substandard Medicines

“Despite a backlash to its recent crackdown on the sale of counterfeit medicines in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, the government has vowed to continue fighting the growing industry of illicit, substandard, counterfeit and life-endangering medicines,” IRIN reports. The article describes a September government seizure of “fake, substandard and unauthorized medicine” in…

Examining Real World Global Health Scares On Halloween

“Many of the most terrifying Halloween archetypes have very real counterparts, with very real health consequences,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Rachel Silverman, a consultant and candidate for MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge, write in the center’s “Global…

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