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African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria

The Conversation Africa | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
The Conversation Africa

Jomien Mouton, Stellenbosch University and Samantha Sampson, Stellenbosch University The arrival of drug-resistant tuberculosis has significantly com...

Tackle TB to Reduce Maternal Deaths: No Time for Complacency

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

We must establish integrated health systems that address all of the health needs of mothers and their children. Only then, can we begin to say that we are delivering real results for women in need across the globe.

A Turning Point in the Battle Against Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

It should not be a surprise that the long treatment journey for MDR-TB makes it difficult for patients to continue to successful completion. One in five patients currently interrupts their treatment or are lost to follow up in health services, while for one in ten patients treatment fails.

The Best of America, Part III: The 2016 Election and Bipartisan U.S. Leadership on Global Health

Deborah Derrick | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

U.S. investments in global health and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria have held steady in recent years despite overall discretionary funding cuts. Simply put, investing in global health is the right and moral thing to do.

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...

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...

HIV/AIDS Advocates Can 'Unite to End TB' for Common Goals

Jennifer Sherwood | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Sherwood

Last week we observed World TB Day with the theme "Unite to End TB." HIV/AIDS and TB researchers, scientists and advocates once came together to solve the riddles of co-infection. As a global health community, we now have another opportunity to unite around global goals to build better health systems and eliminate the most dangerous infectious diseases of our time.

How People of Faith Can Help End TB

Rev. Nicholas Benghu | Posted 03.26.2017 | Healthy Living
Rev. Nicholas Benghu

I believe in the transformative power of people of faith, working together through places of worship, to help turn the tide against TB in South Africa and elsewhere around the world.

Tuberculosis Made Me Blind, But We Can Make Sure No One Else Needs to Suffer Like I Did

Louie Zepeda-Teng | Posted 03.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Louie Zepeda-Teng

I've been blind for 9 years because of tuberculosis. I lost my sight, my budding career in architecture, many of my friends and huge part of what I used to do in this life. I still dream that one day, I'll be able to see my 3-year old daughter.

CDC Media Statement on World TB Day 2016

Dr. Shannon Hader, MD, MPH | Posted 03.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Hader, MD, MPH

But CDC - or any other single institution - can't do it alone. It will take us all - civil society, the private sector, government and international partners - working together to Unite to End TB.

NIH Statement on World Tuberculosis Day

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2016, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reaffirms its commitment to researching ways to better understand, prevent, diagnose and treat TB.

The Goal of Ending TB is Within our Reach

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 03.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead U.S. Government agency for international TB care, is working closely with the global TB community to expand and improve the quality of TB diagnosis, care, and treatment programs aimed at reducing TB-related mortality and preventing the development of drug-resistant TB.

Tuberculosis Cases Rise In The U.S. For The First Time In 23 Years

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

The number of tuberculosis cases in the United States increased last year, the first time they've risen since 1992, the Centers for Disease Control an...

This Disease Can Still Get You Quarantined For Months -- And It's On The Rise

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 03.26.2016 | Politics

In August 2014, Kate O’Brien, a 34-year-old media producer from Brooklyn, found out she was expecting her second child. She was ecstatic. But this ...

Leadership Needed to End an Epidemic

Dr Paula Fujiwara | Posted 03.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Dr Paula Fujiwara

It is time to look for leadership beyond Mr. Obama. So far, none of this year's presidential candidates have issued a proposal for keeping the public safe from dangerous outbreaks and epidemics like MDR-TB.

UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 03.25.2017 | Healthy Living
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

A giant ribbon will not hang in front of the White House. No marches will be held. The lights on the Empire State building will not shine a special color. Instead, March 24th - World TB Day -is just like most any other day. Little attention will be paid to the fact that tuberculosis is now the number one infectious disease killer in the world.

He Looks At Tuberculosis Death Toll And Wonders Why You're Not Worried

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics

Aaron Motsoaledi is tired of delivering the same spiel over and over again. No matter how many times the charismatic health minister of South Africa s...

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

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.24.2017 | Home
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 03.24.2017 | 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.

My Apology and a Call to Action on MDR-TB

Randall Reves, MD, MSc | Posted 03.24.2017 | Healthy Living
Randall Reves, MD, MSc

I have erred in spending nearly three decades in what I see now as the "TB rut:" 1. Failing to imagine far better tools for diagnosis and treatment, 2. Allowing immediate cost issues to overwhelm the potential and real benefits of better treatment, and 3. Failing to engage patients and communities in TB elimination efforts.

'Make it Stop': The Tender Casualties of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Jennifer Furin, MD., PhD | Posted 03.23.2017 | Healthy Living
 Jennifer Furin, MD., PhD

World TB Day becomes a façade if the events that mark it are not tied to specific actions. The children affected by DR-TB have given us a clear mandate to which we should all pledge ourselves on this commemorative day: make it stop.

139 Days of Isolation: What It's Like Living With Tuberculosis

Tenzin Kunor | Posted 03.22.2017 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Kunor

Every time I reflect on my experience with TB I, without hesitation, think about the wonderful people in my life and feel a great sense of gratitude. My loved ones have relentlessly supported me and have always, always tried to shield and comfort me from struggle and suffering

Education and Health: Keys to Reducing HIV among Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 02.18.2017 | Impact
Dr. Mark Dybul

An epidemic sweeping across southern and eastern Africa reminds me of a hard truth in public health: diseases thrive in places where there is inequity and lack of opportunity. That epidemic -- HIV among adolescent girls and young women -- is threatening to roll back many gains made in the fight against HIV in the past 15 years.

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

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

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

In Alabama's Poorest County, Tuberculosis Is Far From Eradicated

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living

MARION, Ala. (AP) -- Tuberculosis, a global scourge, has mostly been eradicated in the United States, but minorities and poor people who lack regular ...