• Vaccine Tied to Narcolepsy

    Updated: 2012-03-30 17:42:21
    The 2009 swine flu pandemic (and panic) has been forgotten by most, but regulators, global health organisations and pharmaceutical companies are continuing post-pandemic activities, which include keeping an eye on new cases of the illness and monitoring the safety of pandemic vaccines. This week, swine flu returned to headlines after two ...

  • The Next Step in Combatting the Spread of HIV/AIDS Among Women and Girls

    Updated: 2012-03-30 16:49:24
    As the Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, it is my honor to join Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy and Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, in announcing the next step in President Obama’s commitment to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS...

  • Increasing Routine Viral Hepatitis Testing

    Updated: 2012-03-30 14:00:42
    The Viral Hepatitis Action Plan spells out the importance of identifying persons infected with viral hepatitis early in the course of their disease as an important component of national efforts to improve diagnosis, care and treatment to prevent liver disease and liver cancer.  As awareness of viral hepatitis increases and treatment options become more effective...

  • A Cautionary Note For Developers of Personalized Medicine

    Updated: 2012-03-30 00:04:35
    Personalized medicine is gaining traction as scientists gain greater understanding of disease processes. Such an approach depends on the correct and reliable identification of an underlying biomarker, whether the biomarker is a genetic marker, receptor expressed by a tumor cell, or metabolite indicating some underlying condition, that can predict ...

  • AIDS 2012: On the Path Towards an AIDS-free Generation

    Updated: 2012-03-29 22:18:23
    In her November 2011 speech at the National Institutes of Health, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke of an historic opportunity at hand: to achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation. On World AIDS Day President Obama further underscored that we are at a pivotal moment in the response to the epidemic, with new...

  • Engaging the private sector to spur global development and save the foreign assistance budget

    Updated: 2012-03-29 17:30:00
    Foreign assistance experts gathered Wednesday to discuss the George W. Bush administration’s legacy on global development, focusing on lessons learned and applying them to the next decade and beyond, at an event hosted by the Consensus for Development Reform and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network in Washington. The panel discussion revolved around a central theme [...](Read more...)

  • Statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on LGBT Health Awareness Week 2012

    Updated: 2012-03-28 17:00:20
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2012 LGBT Health Awareness Week is an important time to highlight the progress our country is making to address the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, especially through implementation of the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. Studies have shown that health disparities related...

  • Report shows $1.37 billion gap in R&D funding needed to eliminate TB by 2050

    Updated: 2012-03-28 14:32:45
    TB research and development investment increased 76 percent between 2005 and 2010, but investment has slowed markedly, with only 2 percent growth since 2009. The $630.4 million 2010 investment is only one-third of the $2 billion needed to stay on track with the Global Plan to Stop TB 10-year implementation and research strategy to eliminate [...](Read more...)

  • Seizing the Mobile Opportunity: The Health Resources and Services Administration Experience

    Updated: 2012-03-27 23:00:05
    Have you or your clients used your phone to find a community health center? Did you know there’s an app for that? In 2011, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released their “Find a Health Center”  mobile app. Simply type in a ZIP code or select “my current location” and click the ‘Find Centers’...

  • World TB Day roundup

    Updated: 2012-03-27 17:38:48
    This special edition of What We’re Reading highlights reports and commentary released around World TB Day (Saturday, March 24, 2012). No More Crying, No More Dying. Towards Zero TB Deaths in Children: This issue brief from the Stop TB Partnership and the World Health Organization calls on public health programs and health care providers to [...](Read more...)

  • Kaiser Permanente Shares Expertise with Other Health Care Providers to Improve Health Equity for People Living with HIV

    Updated: 2012-03-27 17:00:53
    AIDS.gov recently spoke with Dr. Michael Horberg, Director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), about the Kaiser Permanente HIV Challenge , an important private sector effort to improve the delivery of HIV care in support of the goals the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Announced earlier this...

  • Global health community applauds nomination of Dr. Jim Kim for World Bank president

    Updated: 2012-03-23 19:44:08
    Much to the delight of global and domestic HIV/AIDs and tuberculosis (TB) advocates, President Obama announced Friday his nomination of Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, for the post of president of the World Bank. Kim has served Dartmouth College president since 2009. “Jim has spent more than two decades working to improve conditions in developing [...](Read more...)

  • USAID Administrator Shah meets with TB advocates; announces two new centers

    Updated: 2012-03-23 18:55:42
    The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Rajiv Shah met with tuberculosis (TB) advocates from various organizations Friday, the day before World TB Day. The group discussed how to do more to combat TB disease in a time of shrinking budgets, when USAID’s support is needed to push several key TB [...](Read more...)

  • Journals give access to TB articles

    Updated: 2012-03-23 17:52:03
    To commemorate World TB Day, the editors of Clinical Infectious Diseases and the Journal of Infectious Diseases have made various articles about tuberculosis freely available until the end of March.  Topics range from recent advances in TB diagnostics, to new TB drugs, to how smoking affects TB susceptibility. Both journals are publications of the Infectious [...](Read more...)

  • USP Promotes Supply Chain Integrity, Seeks Industry Input

    Updated: 2012-03-23 01:44:51
    "One of the most daunting challenges facing pharmaceutical companies is securing the long and complex supply chains that are typical in today's global industry. From the sourcing of raw materials to final delivery to the pharmacy, practitioner or patient, the number of nodes in the global supply chain for a ...

  • Applications to Volunteer at AIDS 2012 Available April 1st

    Updated: 2012-03-22 21:04:20
    The success of AIDS 2012 will depend heavily on the support of 1,500 to 2,000 volunteers who will fill a range of crucial positions during the conference, including helping coordinate program activities, greeting and registering delegates, staffing various offices and helping in the Global Village. Volunteering at AIDS 2012 is a great way to gain...

  • Fail to Scale: the cost of thinking small in fight against TB

    Updated: 2012-03-22 16:54:16
    : : Science Speaks : HIV TB News A project of the Center for Global Health Policy Search Search : for Go Home About Liveblog Archives you’re reading . Budget Fail to Scale : the cost of thinking small in fight against TB By Meredith Mazzotta March 22, 2012 Post a comment John Fawcett , Legislative Director for . RESULTS The following is a guest blog post by John Fawcett johnpaulfawcett Legislative Director for RESULTS who writes in advance of World TB Day Saturday , March 24 In 2008, Congress passed the Tom Lantos and Henry J . Hyde United States Leadership Against HIV AIDS , Tuberculosis , and Malaria Reauthorization Act with strong bipartisan support . In addition to reauthorizing The U.S . President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief PEPFAR the bill provided a legislative framework for a

  • Advocates announce Civil Society Declaration on TB in Africa

    Updated: 2012-03-22 13:00:48
    At an event commemorating World TB Day on Tuesday at PATH, the organization’s TB Team Leader D’Arcy Richardson reminded the audience of some lesser-known facts about the human toll of tuberculosis throughout the world: TB created 9.7 million orphans in 2009 alone; TB kills more women worldwide than all other causes of maternal mortality combined; [...](Read more...)

  • Crisis Averted, But No Long-Term Fix

    Updated: 2012-03-22 09:42:43
    A critical drug that has experienced shortages is Genzyme’s, Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta), the only enzyme replacement therapy approved in the US for Fabry disease. The drug was originally produced at the company’s Allston, Massachusetts plant. The Allston plant was plagued with quality problems, which resulted in a consent decree, ...

  • House launches TB Elimination Caucus

    Updated: 2012-03-21 20:03:15
    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) made a brief appearance Tuesday at a Congressional briefing, hosted by several TB advocacy organizations, highlighting tuberculosis and its continuation as a global health threat. He called the fact that TB hasn’t been eradicated “a sin,” and then briefly announced the newly formed U.S. House of Representatives TB Elimination Caucus – [...](Read more...)

  • Change Is the One True Constant: Transitions at HHS

    Updated: 2012-03-21 19:00:14
    Introducing the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy As announced in the Federal Register on Friday, March 16, the office formerly known as the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy will now be known as the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP). OHAIDP, located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, is...

  • Inching Forward with HIV Vaccines: Digesting Envelope Decoys

    Updated: 2012-03-21 18:13:23

  • Message from the IHS Director for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    Updated: 2012-03-21 14:52:05
    This Tuesday, March 20, marks the 6th observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day is set aside to acknowledge that HIV continues to threaten the health and well-being of our Native communities and to recognize the role that we all have in addressing this critical health issue. As of 2008, 3,629 American Indians...

  • 19th Conference on Retroviruses & Opportunistic Infections

    Updated: 2012-03-14 21:22:56

  • Lung Damage Poses New Hazard in HIV

    Updated: 2012-03-11 18:20:43
    SEATTLE -- In an observational study, people with uncontrolled HIV experienced a loss in lung function at a higher rate than HIV-negative people and those with good viral control.

  • Time is of the Essence

    Updated: 2012-03-08 20:20:06
    A short time ago, I wrote about the Transforming the Regulatory Environment to Accelerate Access to Treatments Act, (TREAT), legislation proposing to modify the regulatory environment to speed the approval of drugs intended to treat life-threatening conditions for which there are no effective therapies. This week brings us the Faster ...

  • HIV Prophylaxis for Partner Cuts Transmission

    Updated: 2012-03-06 20:06:45
    SEATTLE -- Giving anti-retroviral drugs to HIV-negative people can reduce their risk of acquiring the virus from an HIV-positive partner, a researcher said here.

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