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Helpful Instructional Video on FASH (“Focused Assessment with (Ultra)Sonography for TB-HIV”)

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TB detection innovation holds potential to reduce infection’s spread

Sputum samples containing tuberculosis bacteria fluoresce. Jeffrey D. Cirillo A newly discovered way of testing people for tuberculosis (TB) dramatically cuts the time it takes for a diagnosis to under an hour. The development by chemist Jianghong Rao of Stanford and microbiologist Jeffrey Cirillo of Texas A&M Health Science Center could not only make TB … Continue reading →

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HIV and Tuberculosis are One Disease in Southern Africa

“We must ensure that the worlds of HIV and TB focus on individual human beings instead of individual diseases” These messages headlined remarks from Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and of Ambassador Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordinator for the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) […](Read more…)

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The Atlantic Examines Challenges Surrounding TB Vaccine Development

The Atlantic: Toward an Effective Tuberculosis Vaccine “…While we have vaccines to thank for the decline of global diseases like measles and smallpox, vaccination’s role in the worldwide battle against TB has been comparatively minimal. … So, what is it about a TB vaccine that’s had science stymied for over a century?…” (Shure, 9/26).


Welcome US Action against Drug Resistance, but Livestock Loophole Remains

With the threat of antimicrobial resistance on the rise, we are heartened by President Barack Obama’s recent executive order that outlines a national strategy to combat drug resistance, including creation of an inter-agency task force to implement and monitor the plan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that up to 2 million Americans suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections each year and that 23,000 of them die.


Global Burden Of Disease Data Show Ending AIDS Epidemic Possible

The Lancet: MDG 6 and beyond: from halting and reversing AIDS to ending the epidemic Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director; Mark Dybul, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria executive director; and Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and U.S. global AIDS coordinator “…Overall, [the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) Global Burden of Disease (GBD)…More


ABC Radio Interviews GAVI Vaccine Expert Helen Evans

ABC Radio: Why vaccinating the world’s children can end poverty “Australian public health expert Helen Evans has spent the last nine years in Geneva working with GAVI, and before that the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…” An audio file of correspondent Natasha Mitchell’s interview with Evans is available online (9/8).


As Ebola Takes Global Spotlight, Other Diseases Garner Less Attention

Washington Post: How Ebola is stealing attention from illnesses that kill more people “The Ebola virus has killed more than 2,100 people in four West African nations, and it has left the international community scrambling to contain it. But as deadly diseases go, Ebola isn’t nearly as contagious as tuberculosis, which can be spread through…More


Political Will Needed To Head Off Looming TB-Diabetes Co-Epidemic

The Hill: We must prevent the looming epidemic of TB-diabetes Anthony Harries, senior adviser and director of the Department of Research at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease “Hall of Fame hockey player Wayne Gretzky had a famously successful strategy: don’t skate to the puck, skate to where the puck is heading. Public…More


Helpful Instructional Video on FASH (“Focused Assessment with (Ultra)Sonography for TB-HIV”)

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I recently completed a stretch of Night Float during residency and, in the rare lulls, found myself trying to brush up or learn the basics Read More


South Africa’s Mortality Rate Dropped In 2012; TB Remained Leading Cause Of Death

Bloomberg News: South African Death Rate Fell in 2012 as TB Stays Top Killer “South Africa’s mortality rate dropped six percent in 2012 as antiretroviral therapy programs helped cut deaths of HIV-infected patients. Tuberculosis remained the leading killer. The number of deaths in the continent’s second-largest economy dropped to 480,476 from 512,310 a year earlier,…More


Congress Should Investigate High Turnover Rate Of Global Fund IG Position

Huffington Post: Who’s Next as the Top Cop at the Global Fund? Bea Edwards, executive and international director of the Government Accountability Project “Just recently, Martin O’Malley, the third Inspector General in three years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announced he would step down in December, cutting short a six-year…More


The Guardian Speaks With Experts About Experimental New TB Drug PaMZ

The Guardian: What does new drug PaMZ mean for TB and HIV treatment? “Earlier this year, the TB Alliance announced that it was ready to start clinical trials for PaMZ, its new tuberculosis (TB) drug. PaMZ is a combination of three drugs, two of which have not been licensed for TB treatment before. … To…More


Progress Made On MDG 6, But Challenges Remain

Health Affairs Blog: Partnership And Progress On The Path To Achieving Millennium Development Goal 6 Deb Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Peter Yeo, vice president of public policy and advocacy at the United Nations Foundation, examine progress to date on MDG 6 — combating HIV/AIDS, malaria,…More


Country Coordinating Mechanisms Can Address Chronic Crises

Devex: Better systems to address chronic crises Alexander Matheou, regional representative for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Southern Africa “…For chronic crises, we should learn from the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and set up government-led CCMs [(country coordinating mechanisms)] on resilience to disasters that compel all agencies…More


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, 8/20). New York Times: Tuberculosis…More


Do we really need a new drug or vaccine for Ebola?

I get particularly excited when I see Global Health issues being debated in mainstream magazines and newspapers, and since the outbreak of Ebola has captured global attention, there has been no shortage of such discussions. Perhaps that is why I am blogging again. Why, the mainstream media asks, can we not curb the spread of this deadly epidemic that is ravaging a few countries in West Africa? Sadly, however, I think there has been too much of reacting to Ebola as though Ebola was just any other global health problem: Ebola is about Poverty, Ebola is about Globalization, or Ebola is about Culture.


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