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The End Game - Eliminating Tuberculosis In America

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 09.27.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

While TB no longer takes the toll on Americans that it once did, until the disease is eliminated, it still holds the potential to seriously impact thousands of lives and total millions or even billions in healthcare and societal costs over time.

Why It's Still Worth Getting the Flu Vaccine This Year

The Conversation Africa | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Sibongile Walaza, University of the Witwatersrand Influenza, more commonly known as flu, kills between 6,000 and 11,000 South Africans every year. Ab...

The Best of America: Part II

Deborah Derrick | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

This is the second in a three-part series on U.S.-led successes in global health. This post focuses on a question recently posed to me: What game-chan...

Keeping Up the Momentum to Control TB

Dr. Timothy Mastro | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Dr. Timothy Mastro

The time is now to continue to make smart investments in TB and HIV control. This concerted effort will strengthen health systems and go a long way to address the basic needs of people living throughout the world.

These Rats Can Detect Tuberculosis With Almost 100% Accuracy

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact

DAR ES SALAAM, March 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists in East Africa plan to exploit trained rats' highly developed sense of smell to carr...

The fight against TB shifts to fixing the immune system, not only bacteria

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.24.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Mohlopheni Marakalala, University of Cape Town Tuberculosis (TB) has managed to remain a major global health problem, despite 100 years of research a...

TB: Researchers Look for New Tools to Fight Ancient Foe

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 08.03.2016 | Science
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Tuberculosis (TB) is an ancient disease that has afflicted humans since the dawn of civilization and remains very much with us even now. In fact, more people will probably die from TB in 2016 than from any other single infectious disease, with HIV a close second.

Better Education Will Mean Better Health for Young Women and Girls

Julia Gillard | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Julia Gillard

In parts of South America, the Zika virus is challenging public health systems and generating a new wave of uncertainty for us all. And yet it feels like just moments ago that we were in the grips of the Ebola epidemic, which caused such a huge disruption and tragic loss of life.

Obama Proposes Less Money To Fight World's Top Infectious Killer

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than two months after unveiling a plan to fight multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, President Barack Obama has proposed cutting the U...

Infectious Diseases Are More Closely Linked to Sex and Gender Than We Think

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 11.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

Differences in infectious diseases between women and men are commonly thought to develop from lifestyle choices ranging from food choices, day-to-day activities, type of occupation, choosing to smoke, or even whether you choose to see a medical professional when you get sick.

Waiting for the White House Plan on Tuberculosis

Lee Reichman | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Lee Reichman

18 cases of XDR-TB have occurred in the U..S since 2008. However, much more common is multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), a strain very nearly as bad as XDR-TB, with an average global treatment success rate of just 48 percent and requiring a similarly toxic regimen.

Partnering Across Public and Private Sectors to Beat TB in India

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

Every year, nine million people contract tuberculosis (TB). If it takes you five minutes to read this article, 81 people will have contracted TB by the time you finish.

From Silos to Systems: Improving Knowledge Sharing for Public Health

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Stephan Rabimov

Knowledge sharing and management, provide a systematic approach through an activity (or series of activities) by which information is exchanged among networks and organizations. Knowledge sharing is a common approach to many recent public health solutions.

Lessons from Multidrug-Resistant TB on How Evidence can Catalyse Policy Change

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

We need to increase financial commitment by both the public and the private sectors and strengthen the provision of high-quality TB care by all providers to accelerate TB control today.

"The Doctor's Dilemma"

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Despite all that bile, the dilemmas portrayed in Shaw's 1906 play might inform some thinking about how we distribute decontamination equipment and intensive-care teams; how we allocate protective gear, bio-containment facilities, isolation rooms, and life-saving vaccines.

Tuberculosis: A Crisis in Eastern Europe and Central Asia That the West Cannot Ignore

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Although new technologies are now available to diagnose TB and test for TB drug susceptibility/resistance, the reality is that less than 50 per cent of the estimated new cases of MDR-TB are diagnosed across the region.

Five Babies In Texas Test Positive For TB After Possible Mass Exposure

Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Five babies have tested positive for tuberculosis infection in El Paso after being at a hospital where hundreds o...

AIDS 2014: A Week of Heartbreak, Hope, and Renewed Commitment

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

A number of critical gaps remain. For one, as the UNAIDS Gap report highlights, an estimated 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS globally do not know their HIV-positive status.

Decades-old Tools No Match for Today's Drug-resistant TB

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Humanity has lived with, and died from, tuberculosis since recorded history began. The last century brought the hope of ending that tragedy, but success has remained elusive. It's time to make it a reality.

The Missed 3 Million: Reducing the Threat of Tuberculosis Worldwide

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Much more needs to be done to achieve a TB-free world -- one in which children will have to turn to the history books to learn such a disease ever existed.

As Many As 1 Million Kids Infected With Tuberculosis Each Year, Double Previous Estimates: Study

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, March 23 (Reuters) - As many as 32,000 children worldwide become sick each year with a drug-resistant "s...

Davos: An Age-old Resort to Cure 'Bad Breath'

Kari Stoever | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kari Stoever

If the global leaders in Davos don't invest in innovative new tools like TB vaccines, a world without effective antibiotics may be what awaits us. I hope Bono's voice is rested.

Reason to Celebrate in the New Year: $12 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria

Deborah Derrick | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

The announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will commit $1 for every $2 matched by other donors worldwide -- up to $5 billion -- was further illustration of this leadership.

My Worst Thanksgiving Weekend: 4 Days in Solitary Confinement

Lea Lane | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

On Thanksgiving in 2006 I wound up quarantined in a hospital room the size of a walk-in-closet. The trouble started early on turkey day when I was cl...

Philippines Second Wave: Typhoon TB

Kari Stoever | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Kari Stoever

Infectious diseases often create a second wave of disaster. Lack of shelter and continued bad weather are leading to widespread acute respiratory infections, are becoming the biggest public health threat since the typhoon.