The Lancet

Tuberculosis: criteria for global leadership?

Tereza Kasaeva is to be the new Director of WHO's Global Tuberculosis (TB) Programme. She joins WHO from Russia's Ministry of Health. But instead of a warm welcome, she will arrive in Geneva amid potentially disabling controversy.

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Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

The Global Burden of Disease Study is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date. It describes annually mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors to health at global, regional and national levels.

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The Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa

The final results of a 4-year project to analyse the challenges and opportunities for health in sub-Saharan Africa are now published as a Lancet Commission — The Path to Longer and Healthier Lives for All Africans by 2030 — led by African physicians, health scientists, and policy makers.

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Migrants screened for active TB pose negligible risk of spreading infection but can still get disease later

Tuberculosis (TB) incidence in the UK has declined over the past 4 years, with fewer numbers of new migrants diagnosed with the disease. A new study, published in The Lancet finds that migrants arriving on visas to the UK from countries at high risk of TB and who were pre-screened for TB, pose a negligible risk of onwards infection, despite being at increased risk of developing TB themselves. The findings suggest that the UK's current pre-entry screening programme, now in place in 101 countries, as well as ongoing monitoring and treatment will be important in continuing the downward trend of TB incidence in the UK.

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Lancet Series on HIV and related infections in prisoners

Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.

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Lancet Series on access to and sustainable effectiveness of antimicrobials

The Lancet published a Series of five papers examining access to and sustainable effectiveness of antimicrobials.

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Tuberculosis rates still high in the UK

Tuberculosis rates in the UK are still unacceptably high. Public Health England notes in its annual UK reportthat 7892 cases of tuberculosis were notified in 2013, a decrease from 8729 cases reported in 2012. However, the incidence of 12·3 cases per 100 000 is still among the highest in western European countries. Another sobering comparison is that the incidence in the UK is four times that of the USA.

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