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Use of combination drug regimen for treating TB may represent an effective treatment option

In patients with newly diagnosed tuberculosis, use of a combined 4-drug fixed-dose regimen was found to have comparable outcomes to drugs administered separately, according to a study in the April 13 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on infectious disease and immunology.

Published
12 April 2011
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
PEPFAR Announces $20 million in Targeted Funding to Respond to TB/HIV Co-Infection

Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, has announced a one-time $20 million investment to develop and initiate an innovative, integrated TB/HIV care package in targeted countries with a significant burden of TB/HIV co-infection. 

Published
05 April 2011
From
Science Speaks
Improving TB diagnosis in India: What will it take?

The following is a guest blog post by Dr. Madhukar Pai, a professor and TB researcher based at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He serves as co-chair of the Stop TB Partnership's New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG), and as a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

Published
04 April 2011
From
Science Speaks
U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says

Rates of tuberculosis fell to an all-time low in the United States in 2010, but the disease continues to disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities, those that are foreign-born, and people infected with HIV, federal officials reported Thursday.

Published
27 March 2011
From
Bloomberg Business Week
What We’re Reading: World TB Day coverage

In a special edition of What We're Reading, the following is a compilation of reports, news stories and statements released in honor of World TB Day, March 24, 2011.

Published
25 March 2011
From
Science Speaks
2010 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding trends

This is the 2nd Edition of the Stop TB Partnership and Treatment Action Group’s 2010 report on funding trends for tuberculosis (TB) research and development (R&D) from the baseline year 2005 through 2009.

Published
25 March 2011
From
TAG
KENYA: Stepping up paediatric TB diagnosis

"It is extremely difficult to diagnose tuberculosis in children, unlike in adults, and the low knowledge among many health workers of the symptoms of the disease in children means many children die," said Joseph Sitienei, head of the National Leprosy and TB Control Programme. "Even among children where it is detected, it is done late, meaning they are enrolled late on treatment."

Published
24 March 2011
From
IRIN Plus News
South Africa: Poor Response to TB and HIV

Health Department programmes have failed to screen HIV-positive people for TB and to protect them from getting the bacterial infection.

Published
24 March 2011
From
AllAfrica
ZIMBABWE: Fighting Past Fear to Treat TB

In the dusty streets of Bulawayo's densely populated townships, Susan Nkiwane is making house calls today. She is one of a group of twelve women who form a fragile web of support for TB sufferers in her community.

Published
24 March 2011
From
Inter Press Service
Partners call for increased commitment to tackle MDR-TB

It is time for countries with rapidly growing economies and a heavy burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis to step up their commitment and financing.

Published
24 March 2011
From
World Health Organization

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