“A study in Taiwan has found that smokers are twice as likely to develop active tuberculosis compared to people who have never smoked, prompting calls for policymakers to be tougher on smoking,” Reuters reports.
The Washington Post examines the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Russia where “[p]reliminary surveys have recorded an uptick in infections,” which could be the “start of a surge fueled by declining living standards and deteriorating medical care resulting from the country’s worst economic slowdown in a decade,” experts say.
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Lancet Infectious Diseases Features ReflectionÂ On Use OfÂ HIV/AIDS Money In Mozambique A Lancet Infectious Diseases Reflection and Reaction piece says while PEPFAR’s “investment of over US$228 million into Mozambique in 2008 alone” resulted in “an exponential increase in the number of people on” ARVs andÂ boosted prevention programs, “[t]here is more money…
The WHO has warned that people with conditions such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria should not rely on homeopathic treatments for curing their disease, the BBC reports.
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Researchers Use Breeding Method To Create Plant With High Levels Of Artemisinin In an effort to produce more artemisinin than is naturally found in the plant artemisia annua, researchers at York University’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products are using “fast-track breeding methods to create a plant that contains much higher…
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More Studies Needed As Africa’s ‘Chronic-Disease Epidemic Looms’ “An epidemic of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, mental illness, cancer, diabetes, and obesity is growing in Africa, a continent still struggling with infectious and nutritional diseases,” according to a Boston Globe opinion pieceÂ by Michelle Holmes and Shona Dalal. Although…
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Indonesia To Receive $18M From Global Fund For TB Programs At the 9th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, an Indonesian health ministry official signed an agreement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s executive director worth $18 million that will fund TB control…
New research has found that drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis are just as likely to be transmitted between people as drug-sensitive TB, which could make drug-resistant forms of the disease “highly prevalent in the next few decades,” the Australian Associated Press/Sydney Morning Herald reports (Rose, 8/11).
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Bolivia To Give Health Vouchers To Combat Maternal, Infant Mortality Rates The Bolivian Government is giving out “special health vouchers,” worth almost $250, to pregnant women and mothersÂ of children younger than 2Â with no access to health-care coverage or other social security benefits “in a bid to reduce high maternal and…
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Friday awarded Zimbabwe $37.9 million to help fight the three diseases, handing the money “directly to the new unity government” in an “unusual move,” the Associated Press reports.