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U.S. Researchers Working To Develop Better TB Diagnostics

Wall Street Journal: The Race for Faster Tuberculosis Tests “As U.S. health officials treat an Indian woman who entered the country with drug-resistant tuberculosis, scientists at Texas A&M Health Science Center are trying to develop faster and more accurate ways to diagnose the infectious disease. The timely detection of TB…

TB Diagnostic Technology Advances But Unattainable In Low-Income Settings

New York Times: Advancing TB Test Technology, Where It Matters Most Jens Erik Gould, correspondent “…Hailed as the most significant advance in TB research in decades, [an] automated molecular technology called GeneXpert is more accurate and yields much faster results than traditional diagnosis methods, like smear microscopy, a basic test…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses the Stop TB Partnership’s launch of an online consultation process for the development of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020; efforts to expand viral load testing; the status…

Blog Post Discusses XDR-TB Case In U.S., Challenges Of Treating Disease

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: XDR-TB patient in U.S. highlights global reach of infectious disease Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in light of the identification of a women with XDR-TB who traveled from India to the U.S. (6/10).

Congress Must Not Forget TB In Debating U.S. Global Health Programs

The Hill: TB: The forgotten global health threat Eric P. Goosby, U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on tuberculosis “As congressional committees debate the future of critical global health programs, they must not forget an all too neglected global health threat — tuberculosis (TB). … TB interventions are cost effective and…

Focus On Better Management, Deployment Of Existing, New Drugs Instead Of Cost

The Hill: New approach needed in fight against deadly diseases Roger Bate, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute “…Constant focus on drug pricing and criticism of lack of access can discourage developers from investing in new treatments. … TB and malaria are being combated in poor countries, but drug resistance…

South Africa, International Partners Must Address Challenges Of TB

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: South Africa’s Health Challenges: An Elephant in the Room CSIS Senior Associate Phil Nieburg discusses the challenges to preventing and treating tuberculosis in South Africa, writing, “…The South African government and its international partners need to work to address the structural…

Blog Post Highlights Journal Article On Developing TB Treatments For Underserved Populations

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Children, people with HIV, pregnant women, and others underserved by TB drug development present ethical imperative, opportunities for global disease approaches, authors say Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses “an article [published] in a recently released Journal of Infectious…

U.N. Special Envoy Examines Association Between TB, Poverty In Europe

BMJ Blogs: Michel Kazatchkine: Tuberculosis and poverty in Europe Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, discusses TB eradication efforts in Europe and the disease’s link to poverty, writing, “…Different pathways, including poor and crowded conditions of living, contribute to the…

Xpert TB Test More Effective Than Traditional Detection Methods, Study Shows

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Large-scale study underscores value of routine Xpert testing on TB, MDR-TB case finding Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses the findings of a recently published study conducted in India showing the Xpert molecular TB test is more effective than…