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Seals Brought TB To Americas, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Nature that suggests seals and sea lions brought tuberculosis (TB) to the Americas. Nature: Seals brought TB to Americas “Ancient bacterial genome sequences collected from human remains in Peru suggest that seals first gave tuberculosis (TB) to humans in the Americas…” (Skinner,…

Experts Discuss Use Of New TB Drug Bedaquiline

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: New TB drug bedaquiline: Weighing the benefits against the risks The blog interviews Laia Ruiz Mingote and Dorothy Namutamba, co-chairs of the Community Research Advisors Group (CRAG), and Mike Watson Frick, the TB/HIV program officer at the Treatment Action Group, about the benefits and risks…

Ukraine Faces Worsening Health Care Conditions Amid Conflict, Experts Warn

Media outlets discuss Ukraine’s worsening health care conditions amid conflict. Inter Press Service: TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict “Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health…” (Stracansky, 8/17). U.N. News Centre:…

Better Detection, Treatment Strategies Needed To Beat TB

Huffington Post: Decades-old Tools No Match for Today’s Drug-resistant TB Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention “…To get serious about ending the threat of TB in the U.S. and reducing its human cost worldwide, we need action on three main fronts:…

Eliminating TB Is A ‘Humanitarian Imperative,’ ‘Economic Necessity’

Huffington Post: The Missed 3 Million: Reducing the Threat of Tuberculosis Worldwide Susan Blumenthal, public health editor for the Huffington Post, Laura McCulloch, student at Dartmouth College, and Stephanie Heung, student at Yale University “…Public health interventions have made major progress in fighting TB, with incidence rates significantly declining since…

Data Visualization Can Show Global Progress Against Tuberculosis

Humanosphere: Visualizing progress against tuberculosis Katie Leach-Kemon, policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses findings from a recent study published in The Lancet on tuberculosis, highlighting the way in which data visualization can show progress against the disease (8/1).

WHO Announces New Leadership For Global Malaria Program, UNITAID

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: New Leaders Named for WHO Global Malaria Program and UNITAID Alan Magill, director of the Gates Foundation’s Malaria Program, writes, “The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the appointment of two new leaders in the fight against HIV, TB, and malaria. Congratulations to…

HIV Epidemic Smaller, Malaria Kills More Than Previously Thought, Study Says

The Guardian: ‘HIV global death estimates are wrong’ “The researcher behind a recent Lancet study says we have overestimated AIDS epidemic and underestimated malaria deaths…” The newspaper interviews Theo Vos, one of the authors of the report and professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation…

News Reports Highlight Scientific Findings Presented At AIDS 2014

News outlets highlight several of the scientific findings presented this week at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Boston.com: Making Strides: Highlights of Research Unveiled at AIDS Conference “Coinciding with the 2014 International AIDS Conference, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a special theme issue…

Blog Post Examines Data On HIV, TB, Malaria

Humanosphere: Visualizing progress against HIV, TB, and malaria Katie Leach-Kemon, a Humanosphere contributor and policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses progress made in reducing death rates from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, but how the number of HIV infections in many countries…