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New Testing Technologies Can Help Fight TB, But New Treatments Needed

“[F]or many low-income populations, [tuberculosis (TB)] is nothing less than a modern-day public health emergency,” and “[t]o make things worse, many of these patients [a]re living with HIV,” U.N. Under-Secretary General and UNITAID Chair Philippe Douste-Blazy writes in a Huffington Post “Impact” blog opinion piece. “There is hope though, and a new piece of…

More Action Needed To Fight TB, As Drug Resistance Spreading

“As we mark World [Tuberculosis (TB)] Day on Sunday March 24, there can be no denying that TB, fueled by drug resistance, continues to pose a serious global health threat — one that must be urgently addressed,” John Lechleiter, chair, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and chair…

GlobalPost, Humanitarian Agencies Examine Impact Of Childhood TB

Noting the WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Monday issued a joint statement calling for an additional $1.6 million a year to fight tuberculosis (TB) in low- and middle-income countries, GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog examines the global impact of childhood TB, writing, “While health…

WHO, Global Fund Call For Additional $1.6M A Year To Fight TB In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

“Low and middle-income countries need an additional $1.6 billion a year to fight tuberculosis [TB], threatening progress made against the world’s second-deadliest infectious disease,” the WHO and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said in a joint statement released Monday, Bloomberg reports (Bennett, 3/18). “The projection … underscores the deepening epidemic…

Blog Examines TB In Haitian Prisons

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog “opens a week of tuberculosis coverage with a second post from a February visit to Haiti (the first, posted Feb. 26, is here), looking at efforts by physician John May and the non-profit Health through Walls to confront the disease in…

Wall Street Journal Examines New Initiative To Combat Drug-Resistant TB In India

The Wall Street Journal examines a new effort to combat drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) In India, noting “[a]n international health initiative has brokered a landmark accord that aims to halve the price patients pay for advanced tests for a strain of tuberculosis that is resistant to standard drugs.” The news service…

Mozambique To Begin Widespread Use Of GeneXpert TB Testing Machine

The Guardian reports on the rollout of the GeneXpert tuberculosis (TB) testing machine in Mozambique, where it “should speed up TB diagnosis from two to three months to two hours.” According to the newspaper, “These machines mean people can be tested, diagnosed and started on multi-drug resistant treatment on the same day…

Health Officials Worried MDR-TB Will Become More Common Worldwide, In U.S.

The case of a Nepalese man with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) traveling through 13 countries before illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico, “first described by Betsy McKay at the Wall Street Journal, provides a window on a problem that health officials say is sure to arise more and more often,” NPR’s “Shots”…

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