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CDC: Domestic TB data shows need to expand screening, testing, treatment reach

Categories: TBU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds newly discovered tuberculosis higher among foreign-born with more than 10 years in United States than among more recent arrivals With a drop in the numbers of new tuberculosis patients between 2015 and 2016, TB incidence in the U.S. is once again going in the right direction, […](Read more…)

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In wake of proposed cuts, physician scientists present HIV, TB research, response, results

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingA few days after the White House released an outline of budget priorities, that included a nearly 20 percent cut to medical research funding, and elimination of the global health study supporting Fogarty International Center, four physician scientists who have dedicated their careers to fighting HIV and tuberculosis came to Capitol Hill to talk about […](Read more…)

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We’re reading about the Fogarty Center, after the Trump budget outline targets the…

Categories: Transition 2017, What We’re Reading About the 2017 TransitionProfile: NIH’s Fogarty International Center – A couple of years ago, this article in The Lancet described the widening scope and increasing impact of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, since it began to support medical training and research in 1968. “This concept of investing in training outstanding young investigators, both U.S. and […](Read more…)

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From bird flu to yellow fever, we’re reading about zoonotic disease outbreaks

Categories: What we’re readingHuman cases of bird flu are surging, officials concerned of high pandemic potential – Genetic changes in the H7N9 virus are alarming public health officials globally and are causing officials to reexamine their pandemic preparedness. Over 460 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus this winter, representing one third of […](Read more…)

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Strategies seek to forge the missing link between patients and diagnoses

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingIt’s one of weakest links in the health systems where limited resources and long distances separate sick people from the laboratories that could diagnose their ills: For want of a simple affordable system to get patient specimens from one place to another, infectious disease outbreaks and their impacts go undetected, untreated, and uncontrolled. It is a […](Read more…)

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Trump “America First” budget plan proposes deep cuts to science, services, support systems…

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingWith a document short on detail, but sweeping in its proposals to reduce resources for longstanding programs, the President Trump releases “A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again“ In a “skinny” budget proposal with vast implications for medical research and public health at home and abroad the Trump administration today outlined a plan of government spending […](Read more…)

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PEPFAR 2017 Report to Congress tells a success story at its halfway point

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingFrom the handful of people — 50,000 — across Africa with access to life-saving treatment for HIV in 2003,  to more than 18 million today, the chronology of U.S. leadership against the pandemic that was filling graveyards, orphaning infants, and decimating the continent’s most productive population, when President George W. Bush signed the legislation creating […](Read more…)

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We’re reading about science and advocacy, in prioritizing TB, HIV, “security,” more

Categories: What we’re readingOpen letter to the WHO to put #TBontheList – “WHO: When you make a mistake, fix it,” former CDC head Dr. Tom Frieden tweeted last week, after TB research and response advocates reacted to the World Health Organization’s omission of tuberculosis from its a list of “priority pathogens” demanding urgent research and development efforts. Now […](Read more…)

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Researchers find 20 times the rate of specific neurological birth defects in pregnancies with…

Categories: UncategorizedIn 2013 and 2014, three programs tracking birth defects — in Massachusetts, North Carolina and metropolitan Atlanta —  recorded 747 infants and fetuses with microcephaly and or other abnormalities of the central nervous system and eyes — about three in every 1,000 births. That was during what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […](Read more…)

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USAID amends guidelines with first phase of “global gag rule” — just in time for…

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingUSAID’s celebration of International Women’s Day Wednesday included the release of a statement noting that when women and girls “are empowered to make decisions related to their health, infant deaths decline, nutrition improves, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand and cycles of poverty are broken.” By then, however, the agency’s Standard Provisions for […](Read more…)

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TB partners, patients ask: How does a bacterium responsible for nearly a third of…

Categories: TBExclusion of tuberculosis from WHO “catalogue of 12 bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health,” threatens development of medicines to treat world’s leading infectious disease killer, health advocates and leaders say While the unveiling of a list highlighting the need to fund drug development against specific pathogens represented just a beginning  for some […](Read more…)

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WHO prioritizes need for new antibiotics with list of bacteria posing greatest threats

Categories: UncategorizedIn the latest in a series of moves responding to the global health threats posed by spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the World Health Organization today released a list of “priority pathogens” calling for urgent and strongly supported research and development of new medicines to target the most dangerous among them. Guiding selection of bacteria making […](Read more…)

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Aid or ammunition? As Trump plans first budget, we’re reading about the security dividends of…

Categories: Transition 2017, What We’re Reading About the 2017 TransitionTrump’s budget entails steep cuts for diplomacy foreign aid – While this fiscal year’s $50.1 billion for the State Department and USAID represents just a little more than 1 percent of the entire federal budget, this AP piece cites sources saying the president’s proposal for next year would cut that by 37 percent. US foreign […](Read more…)

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CROI 2017: With possibilities for long-acting HIV treatment, modern science creates modern ART

Categories: CROI 2017In injections or implants, technology that eliminates daily pill taking, and with it “pill fatigue,” stigma, and other barriers to adherence,  has already proven its value, and is on the horizon for HIV SEATTLE – Surveys indicate that the majority of people living with HIV would be happier with a monthly injection than a daily pill. At […](Read more…)

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