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New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 21 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue focuses on health issues in Ethiopia, highlighting St. Peter’s Hospital in Addis Ababa, “the country’s premier [tuberculosis] treatment center” where “[m]ore and more [patients] arrive with drug-resistant…

VOA News Interviews Gates Foundation’s Senior Program Officer For TB

VOA News interviews Peter Small, senior program officer for tuberculosis (TB) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about recent research developments and the global TB response. VOA writes, “Small … is impressed by recent research developments.” The news service continues, “Small says streamlining approval of effective drug regimens allows…

India Out Of Pediatric TB Medicines, HIV Testing Kits, MSF Warns

“India’s public health system has run out of life-saving tuberculosis medicines for children and critical testing kits for AIDS patients, causing an outcry among patient groups who warn that the shortages could cost lives and worsen problems of drug resistance,” the Financial Times reports. “Leena Menghaney, Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF]…

Siberian Mobile Clinic Initiative Works To Treat Drug-Resistant TB, NPR Reports

As part of an ongoing series on tuberculosis (TB), NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” program examine an initiative working to treat drug-resistant TB in Siberia, noting, “In parts of Siberia, nearly 30 percent of all tuberculosis cases aren’t treatable by two of the most potent medications, the [WHO]…

Nature Medicine Examines Impact Of Potential Budget Cuts On TB Research

Nature Medicine examines how U.S. federal spending cuts, known as sequestration, might affect tuberculosis (TB) research, focusing on the “Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC), a research nexus based in Atlanta that conducts tuberculosis clinical trials across nine countries in collaboration with the U.S. government, non-profits and drug companies.” The news service…

NPR Series Examines How Russian Prisons Treat Drug-Resistant TB Among Inmates

In its continuing series on drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” examine how the Russian prison system has teamed up with the non-profit Partners In Health to fight the disease among inmates. As part of the partnership, the Siberian facility called Medical and Penal Institution Number One…

Essay Examines Issue Of Counterfeit, Substandard TB Drugs

“Substandard tuberculosis drugs sold by pharmacies in poor countries are a growing public health threat, but the problem could be alleviated if governments enforced [WHO] standards,” according to an essay published online by PLOS Medicine, the New York Times reports. “At pharmacies in 17 countries, the authors bought 713 samples…

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…

Wall Street Journal Examines Shortage Of TB Drugs In India

Noting “India faces a potential shortage of a critical medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis that could deepen an already acute drug-shortfall-problem in the country with the highest burden of the deadly contagious disease,” the Wall Street Journal reports, “Tuberculosis officials in several Indian states said this week that their stocks of…

Sequestration-Related Cuts Affecting CDC’s TB Research Program

In a guest post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog, Coco Jervis, senior U.S. and global policy associate at the Treatment Action Group, examines how sequestration-related cuts are threatening the CDC’s Tuberculosis Trials Consortium, “the leading TB clinical research collaborative in the world,” she says. “Several…

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