• Pharmaceutical-Based Cargo Security and Theft Prevention

    Updated: 2012-08-31 23:19:27
    Cargo theft, for many years, was a problem that largely plagued the electronics industry, but criminals have recently shifted more attention to the far more lucrative pharmaceutical trade. In March 2010, thieves masterminded a heist of $75 million worth of cancer, psychiatric and blood-thinning drugs from a Connecticut warehouse by ...

  • Silicon Meets Biology

    Updated: 2012-08-31 23:19:27
    Chips for drug discovery are not new—gene chips, which are microchips containing snippets of DNA, have been in use for a number of years as diagnostic tools or tools to study gene expression. But a few recent initiatives suggest that the combination of silicon and biology can be expanded even ...

  • How to Prepare a Deviation Investigation Report

    Updated: 2012-08-31 23:19:27
    Deviations happen. FDA recognizes this and requires deviations to be investigated and documented, say Peter Smith and David Elder. The former senior FDA officials are both in strategic compliance consulting at Parexel. When performing a deviation investigation, FDA expects certain things. For starters, the investigation report must be designed for the ...

  • Drug maker seeks approval for use against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

    Updated: 2012-08-31 18:52:09
    Makers of an investigational tuberculosis drug that has been urged for “compassionate use” approval in South Africa have applied to the European Medicines Agency to market the medicine as part of a combination therapy for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. “If approved, bedaquiline could be one of the first drugs with a new mechanism of action for tuberculosis [...](Read more...)

  • Hepatitis Testing Saves Lives

    Updated: 2012-08-30 14:00:33
    CDC’s “Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Persons Born During 1945–1965” was published August 16, 2012 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The new recommendations call for all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 or “baby boomers” to get a one-time blood test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV)....

  • Researcher finds unintended consequence: women avoid healthcare settings for childbirth to avoid perception — or news — that they have HIV

    Updated: 2012-08-29 18:56:49
    : : 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 . HIV Prevention Researcher finds unintended consequence : women avoid healthcare settings for childbirth to avoid perception or news that they have HIV By Antigone Barton August 29, 2012 Post a comment Filed Under PMTCT The word is out in the rural Nyanza Province of Kenya : Pregnant women with HIV should deliver their babies in health facilities that are equipped to deal with the complications they might . face The result Added to the cost , distance , and inconvenience of going to a health facility for prenatal care and delivery is this perception : If you go to a health facility , you likely have HIV , and that in turn means you’re

  • Gearing up for Social Media at USCA

    Updated: 2012-08-28 23:45:16
    It’s been a month since AIDS 2012 and now it’s time for the 2012 United States Conference on AIDS . The annual conference planned by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) takes place September 30 to October 4, 2012.  The conference marks the 25th anniversary of its founding. The 2012 theme is “Ending the AIDS...

  • Clean water and HIV, new look and features for watchdog Aidspan site, “good Samaritans” living in poverty, and more . . .

    Updated: 2012-08-28 18:08:09
    Safe Water Critical to health of HIV-positive people: Clean water and accessible sanitary toilet facilities are essential to the success of HIV care and treatment, this IRIN story notes, focusing on conditions in Ethiopia. It cites Wateraid, saying that patients on antiretroviral medicine need at least a liter and a half of clean water a day [...](Read more...)

  • Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Grand Rounds at the CDC

    Updated: 2012-08-27 17:04:26
    This week, I traveled to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta to present at CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, an ongoing series of monthly presentations on health-related topics pertinent to the health of Americans. This session consisted of four presentations directly relevant to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). After introductory...

  • Sustainable HIV prevention possibilities present choices, challenges

    Updated: 2012-08-23 18:09:32
    When he looks at what biomedical science can do in the next decade to prevent HIV transmission, Jim Turpin of the National Institutes of Health said, he thinks of the lyrics of a Timbuk3 song: “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.” By, which, actually, he means — don’t get blinded by the light; [...](Read more...)

  • HHS Seeks Input on Streamlining HIV Data Collection, Reducing Reporting Burden for HIV Grantees

    Updated: 2012-08-22 18:03:37
    How many different data systems, indicators, and reporting requirements must recipients of federal HIV grant funds navigate? How much time does it take to comply with these reporting requirements and does the reported information result in tangible improvements in the quality of federally funded HIV prevention, care, and treatment services? How do grantees manage different...

  • Catching up: TB talk show, Addictophobia, the gap between sex worker data and reality, and the first to go

    Updated: 2012-08-22 14:43:07
    In the lull following AIDS 2012, Science Speaks is catching up on reading — and watching — pieces that came out in the days before and during the conference. Tuberculosis and HIV: Protecting the Vulnerable: “People fear TB more than HIV,” says a young Ugandan woman who survived the disease and now works with young [...](Read more...)

  • Immune Activation, Inflammation and HIV Acquisition Risk

    Updated: 2012-08-21 20:54:03

  • Dr. Fauci on innovative HIV vaccine initiative awards: “There are fundamental questions that remain unanswered”

    Updated: 2012-08-21 18:54:41
    . : : 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 . HIV Prevention Dr . Fauci on innovative HIV vaccine initiative awards : There are fundamental questions that remain unanswered” By Antigone Barton August 21, 2012 Post a comment Filed Under Anthony Fauci HIV AIDS vaccine IHVD NIAID Researchers at 14 institutions will explore new approaches to designing a vaccine against HIV with awards that are part of an anticipated four-year , 34.8 million initiative , the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced . today The awards reflect directions suggested by previous research , as well as the need to explore new avenues toward a vaccine , NIAID Director Dr . Anthony Fauci told

  • CDC Now Recommends All Baby Boomers Receive One-time Hepatitis C Test

    Updated: 2012-08-21 00:11:03
    Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released final expanded hepatitis C screening recommendations calling for all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 to get a one-time test for hepatitis C. Aimed at identifying more hidden infections among those most affected by the disease and reducing the rising toll of hepatitis C-related...

  • High-Impact HIV Prevention

    Updated: 2012-08-20 17:25:17
    I invite you to join a powerful session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds this Tuesday August 21 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Grand Rounds at CDC are a forum in which experts present a series of lectures and bring ideas from diverse perspectives on a public health issue. In this session entitled “High-Impact HIV Prevention,”...

  • Paths to a cure: Dr. Dan Kuritzkes discusses experiences of two patients

    Updated: 2012-08-16 18:53:59
    When Dr. Dan Kuritzkes of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital presented his team’s findings on two HIV-positive men who remained on antiretroviral therapy while undergoing stem cell transplants, and in whom the levels of HIV DNA had since dropped to undetectable levels, he was careful to emphasize that he was not claiming [...](Read more...)

  • HHS awards $68 million in grants for HIV/AIDS care for women, infants, children and youth

    Updated: 2012-08-15 20:44:22
    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of more than $68 million to ensure that women, infants, children, and youth living with HIV/AIDS receive comprehensive primary HIV medical care and support services. The grants, funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, help people who...

  • Groups to Global Fund, PEPFAR: Support switch from toxic treatment

    Updated: 2012-08-15 16:55:22
    Imagine a country that, while poor, serves as something of a model for getting treatment for HIV out to those who need it –  addressing  obstacles that can make the  vision of full-scale coverage and  treatment as prevention seem like a mirage elsewhere. That’s how international donors and implementers talk about Malawi, where, they say, [...](Read more...)

  • A platform to end AIDS, new approaches to disease detection, and more . . .

    Updated: 2012-08-14 17:06:30
    AIDS Foundation of Chicago President David Ernesto Munar’s testimony to the Democratic National Committee’s Platform group: This and the accompanying proposed platform recommendations lay out both the realities of AIDS now, and policies to address them, at home and around the world. His remarks review the disproportionate impact of the American epidemic on members of [...](Read more...)

  • Cure-Related Research at AIDS 2012

    Updated: 2012-08-13 21:33:35

  • Conversations from AIDS 2012: Ron Valdiserri and Tiffany West Discuss Washington, DC’s Response to HIV/AIDS

    Updated: 2012-08-10 16:30:34
    Editor’s Note: We had opportunities to catch up with so many great partners while at AIDS 2012 last month, we have been sharing interviews over the past three weeks. This is our final interview in the series.   In the final of my series of conversations from AIDS 2012, I had an opportunity to sit...

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