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TOMORROW: Live Webcast on Tuberculosis

We wanted to be sure to let you know about a live, interactive webcast hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation tomorrow at 1 pm EST. The webcast will feature a panel of experts discussing U.S. strategy to combat the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.
According to Kaiser,

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TB Sniffing Rat Pack

Just when you thought “Ratatouille” would be the highlight for these long-tailed rodents, the organization APOPO has trained African rats to diagnose pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Using scent detection, these HeroRAT’s can reliably (50 percent higher reliability than traditional microscopy) process 40 sputum samples in seven minutes, a task that takes trained lab technicians an entire day.

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Impressive New Results From the Global Fund

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that it has helped put 2.3 million people on life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS (a 31 percent increase over results reported last year), treated 5.4 million people for tuberculosis (a 38 percent increase over last year), and distributed 88 million insecticide-treated bed nets (a 49 percent increase from this time last year) to protect against malaria since it was created eight years ago.

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HIV/AIDS & Tuberculosis: The Deadly Duo

At a congressional briefing last Thursday, leading global health experts pushed for stronger U.S. leadership and more aggressive global policies to combat HIV/TB co-infection worldwide. The hearing coincided with the Center for Global Health Policy’s release of “Deadly Duo: The Synergy Between HIV/AIDS & Tuberculosis”, which echoed many of the main points of the briefing. The discussion, moderated by Christine Lubinski, director of the Center for Global Health Policy, included Dr.

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Progress in search of a cure for TB?

Here’s a little good news for your Friday: two FDA-approved drugs were found to block the growth of certain strains of extremely drug resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB). While this chance discovery occurred in the lab, clinical trials on humans are now being planned in South Korea and South Africa.

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Highlights from Caceres: Mid-term Review of the Global Fund

We noted last week that donors met in Spain from March 31 to April 1 to review the progress and funding needs of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Here are some highlights from the communiqué.

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