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Results for Development: Final report on Patent Pools

An analysis by think tank Results for Development concluded that the Medicines Patent Pool as established by UNITAID could speed up development of fixed-dose combination pills, paediatric medicines and heat stable formulations needed in resource-poor settings, as well as help stimulate generic manufacture of lower cost medicines. And that it will need a critical mass of companies to participate in order to succeed.

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TB CAB: Open letter

Open letter regarding Cepheid pricing of the GeneXpert machines and cartridges for high-burden settings in the public and private sectors.

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Possible connection between air pollution and tuberculosis susceptibility

A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stephan Schwander, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Public Health (UMDNJ-SPH), has determined a possible link between exposure to a common component of urban air pollution and a change in the function of important immune cells that protect against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis). Writing in the Journal of Immunology, the scientists describe their findings that exposure to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) suppresses the function of phagocytic immune cells (a type of white blood cells that ingest foreign particles, such as bacteria) on a cellular level. They conclude that this exposure probably causes exposed individuals to be less able to fight off new Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections or to suppress a reactivation of a latent infection by these bacteria.

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Ukraine: Patients brought a rake to the Ministry of health

Press release
April 11, 2012
Kyiv

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Anya Sarang and Tim Rhodes: “The last way” clinic: why tuberculosis remains an incurable disease in Russia

 

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Next five years important for S. Africa to show it can effectively respond to HIV, TB

 

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Sierra Leone: 12,943 TB cases recorded in the country

Programme manager for the National Leprosy and Tuberculosis Control Programme NLTCP in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has confirmed to Concord Times that 12,943 cases of tuberculosis TB infections were recorded in different parts of the country last year.

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MSF: Open letter

Open letter to the Medicines Control Council of South Africa regarding compassionate use of bedaquiline for drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa.

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TB CAB: Open letter

Open letter to the Medicines Control Council and Ministry of Health on urgent need for compassionate use of bedaquiline for XDR-TB and pre-XDR-TB in South Africa.

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Mortality similar with or without TB in HIV+ of Dar es Salaam on ART

HIV-positive adults with active tuberculosis when starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania had a similar death rate as people without active TB 48 weeks after treatment began.

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