Technology and basic science, while important, are crowding out simple and patient-centered approaches to tuberculosis (TB) care that could make a difference immediately. Current approaches…
A handheld diagnostic device that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators first developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis (TB) and other…
Rats are notorious for spreading nasty diseases. Think the plague, lassa fever and even salmonella. But could some jumbo-size African rodents help health workers diagnose…
Jakarta Post: Global Fund to offer more flexible funding model “International funding institution the Global Fund has developed a new funding model to maximize the global fight against AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. … The Indonesian health minister hoped that the new funding model could help accelerate the achievement of AIDS, TB and malaria control…More
Abstract. A 4-year-old Cambodian male presented to the emergency room with 2 weeks of gradually increasing leg weakness until he could no longer stand. He was also reported to have a deformity on his back, intermittent fevers and cough. His physical exam was notable for a 2 cm x 1 cm bony protrusion at his T4 vertebrae, and 2/5 strength and positive Babinski reflexes in his lower extremities.
Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at CGD, in a joint post with Victoria Fan, CGD research fellow, examines unanswered questions on the allocation methodology in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s new funding model.…More
Inter Press Service: India Fights a Tougher TB “…For many [tuberculosis (TB) patients], lack of proper diagnosis and interrupted dosages are increasing their resistance to available drugs. Drug resistance is human-made — an iatrogenic disease resulting from mismanagement of TB, experts say. Drug-resistant TB can occur as a primary infection or develop during a patient’s…More
Deutsche Welle: TB drug resistance is on the rise in India “In India, two patients die every three minutes of tuberculosis. Improper treatment is leading to drug resistance, with 64,000 new cases registered in the South Asian country in 2012…” (Das, 2/27).
News outlets report on India President Pranab Mukherjee’s comments on tuberculosis (TB) control in India. ANI/News Track India: Global Tuberculosis control unattainable without controlling TB in India: Mukherjee “President Pranab Mukherjee today said that global tuberculosis control is unattainable without controlling the incidence of the disease in India…” (2/23). PNI/Zee News: President appeals for eradicating…More
The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses findings of a “four-year South Africa study of co-infected patients [that] showed starting treatment for HIV during the course of anti-tuberculosis treatment, rather than waiting until TB treatment was completed, improved survival rates among those whose tuberculosis was responsive to first-line treatment.” Now, “[u]nder the…More
News sources highlight survey data presented recently showing gaps in workplace safety for South African health care workers. Vaccine News Daily: South African health care workers at greater risk for HIV, TB “South African health care workers have major gaps in workplace protection against HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis, according to a survey presented on Friday…More
New York Times: Treating Tuberculosis and AIDS Together Saves Lives “Patients who have multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis and AIDS are more likely to live if they get simultaneous treatment for both diseases rather than waiting weeks to start the AIDS treatment, a new study has found…” (McNeil, 2/17).