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Increased expenditure on social security has benefits for TB control in the EU

Increased expenditure on social protection programmes – sickness, disability and unemployment benefits, old age pensions, housing support – is associated with improved tuberculosis (TB) control, according to an

Published
30 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
WHO launches new guidelines on management of latent TB infection

For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on testing, treating and managing latent TB infection (LTBI) in individuals with high risk of developing the disease. These guidelines were launched today at the Global TB Symposium just before the start of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona.

Published
29 October 2014
From
Citizen News Service
Call to action to halt the looming TB-diabetes co-epidemic

It is time to act and no time to waste. That is the urgent message of the report "The Looming Co-epidemic of TB-Diabetes: A Call to Action" launched jointly by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) at the opening day of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona. The report warns against the brewing storm of diabetes and tuberculosis (TB) that is no longer confined to the teacup.

Published
29 October 2014
From
Citizen News Service
Health Experts: Perfect Storm of Diabetes and Tuberculosis Must Be Headed Off

The report, The Looming Co-epidemic of TB Diabetes: A Call to Action (1), launched on the opening day of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain October 28 - November 1, synthesizes evidence from the medical and scientific literature, promotes an international policy framework for action, and lays out a new research agenda to fill knowledge gaps. The report challenges the conventional approach to health policymaking, which has historically addressed infectious diseases and noncommunicable (or “chronic”) diseases independently.

Published
29 October 2014
From
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Isoniazid significantly reduced TB incidence in HIV patients receiving HAART

The use of isoniazid as preventive therapy among HIV-infected patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is associated with significantly lower tuberculosis incidence, reported Bethel Shiferaw, MD, MPH, from Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, at IDWeek 2014.

Published
16 October 2014
From
Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR)
TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict

Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health. With thousands of people fleeing the region every day, medical supplies severely disrupted and those left behind under growing physical stress and increasingly unable to access medical services, conditions are ripe for a rise in new TB cases.

Published
20 August 2014
From
InterPress Service
Study in South African township shows HIV-negative individuals often source of new TB cases in patients with HIV

HIV-negative individuals are an important source of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in people living with HIV, according to a study conducted in a South African township

Published
11 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
South Africa: Antiretrovirals Credited for TB Decline

South Africa is seeing about 79,000 fewer TB cases annually thanks to increased HIV treatment uptake, according to the latest research from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID)

Published
13 June 2014
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Health-e
New Study Shows Smoking Tobacco Doubles Risk of Recurrent Tuberculosis

The study is the most robust ever conducted into how smoking tobacco increases the risk of recurrent TB. It appears in the April issue of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.Regular tobacco smokers were defined as individuals who smoked 10 or more cigarettes—equivalent to half a pack—per day.

Published
24 March 2014
From
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Public Health England Study Examines Spread of MDR-TB

Vaccine News Daily reported on a Public Health England (PHE) study of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) in the United Kingdom. According to PHE, MDR TB cases increased from 28 cases per year to 81 in the past 12 years for a total of approximately 681 confirmed cases between 2000 and 2012.

Published
17 March 2014
From
CDC National Prevention Information Network

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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