Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Tanzania: Good results in programme to boost TB detection

A pilot community programme to improve TB detection in northern Tanzania has shown good results and could be replicated nationwide as the country seeks to improve its TB treatment and prevention systems.

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ACTA will hurt access to generics

Last week, the European Parliament rapportuer resigned over the Anti-Counterfeting Trade Agreement, or ACTA. His departure was only the latest dust-up over the agreement, which would set international standards for enforcing intellectual property rights for counterfeit goods, generic drugs and copyright infringement on the Internet (read here). ACTA, which would create a new governing body outside existing forums, such as the World Trade Organization, was signed by the US and seven other countries. Earlier this month, the European Union did as well, although the European Parliament must vote in June. Despite governmental support, various advocacy groups say ACTA contains some onerous provisions that would hurt, among other things, access to lower-cost medicines. We asked Sean Flynn, who is the associate director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual at the Washington College of Law, to explain

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NIH-funded HIV clinical research sites to join pediatric tuberculosis vaccine study

Several U.S. government-funded HIV/AIDS clinical research sites in Africa will join other collaborators in an ongoing clinical trial testing an investigational tuberculosis (TB) vaccine in infants at risk for TB infection. "We are pleased to be able to tap into our existing HIV/AIDS clinical research infrastructure to help test promising investigational vaccines against TB," said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. The sites are funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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UNITAID HIV, TB and Malaria Medicines Landscape report

Progress report on emerging issues and potential opportunities to improve access.

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Symposium: Europe and ACP together against tuberculosis

On the occassion of World TB Day, TBVI organises a symposium in the European Parliament under the patronage of Charles Goerens, MEP. Co-hosts are MEP’s Ms Maria da Graça Carvalho and Ms Linda McAvan.

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Extreme tuberculosis raises alarms in Canada

Canadian doctors say that offering more support to physicians in India who are struggling to treat patients with a serious strain of turberculosis could help protect people here.

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Fear-resistance: How worried should we be about "totally drug-resistant" tuberculosis?

A few weeks ago a clinic in Mumbai claimed to have identified a dozen patients with a strain of tuberculosis (TB) resistant to all known treatments. TB is a highly contagious lung infection that kills about 1.5 million people each year worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), so the development of a totally untreatable form of the disease would be cause for alarm. "It conveys that there is no hope, that not a single drug works," says Madhukar Pai, a tuberculosis researcher at McGill University in Montreal.

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CDC economic models show HIV treatment scale-up is cost-effective, can save money over time

New economic modeling shows that scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the developing world not only saves lives, but saves money too. Dr. John Blandford of  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health and his team of colleagues have found that cost savings from averted negative outcomes offset a major portion of the cost of treatment over time.

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India: HIV helpline will hear TB patients

Mumbai: The city's HIV helpline, Saadhan (2411 4000), will be used to disseminate information about TB as well. With one XXDR (extra extensively drug resistant) TB patient testing positive for HIV, health officials thought it logical to club the information system for both infections.

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India: Patient with deadly TB strain tests positive for HIV

A patient with extra-extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XXDR TB) has tested positive for HIV. Public health experts say the coming together of the two dreaded infections is worrying. Fourteen XXDR TB cases have been detected in the state so far.

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