A new, 6-month treatment has cured 90% of people with stubborn drug-resistant tuberculosis—who typically face limited treatment options and poor outcomes, according to clinical trial results published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Infectious killer TB has a single vaccine: bacille Calmette-Guérin. A recent study found that BCG developed in different countries varies wildly in the numbers of live bacteria it contains—some have 10–1,000X more others. “Imagine we marketed a heart medication and some…

Funding for HIV and TB is falling off, as international donors try to shift more costs to affected countries—upping the risks of “epidemic rebound,” Médecins Sans Frontières warns in a report released yesterday

While Russia has made strides in tackling NCDs and TB, its policies pose a grave threat the control of other global health concerns like HIV.   A laundry list of antagonistic actions have overshadowed Russia’s global health efforts. On certain issues, the country’s approach…

Determined to improve on 1-way, easy-to-ignore reminders for tuberculosis patients to take their medicine, MIT researchers in Kenya embarked on an experiment, reports MedicalXpress.  

Yesterday the FDA greenlit a hugely promising drug for a form of TB that has long been a death sentence, The New York Times reports.   Pretomanid is part of a 3-drug regimen that proved 90% effective against extensively drug-resistant TB, according to preliminary trial…

Renee Bach—a young American with a high school degree—said she had a calling from God to help children in Uganda. From 2010-2015, her nutrition center took on 940 severely malnourished children. 105 died. Bach, who performed many medical procedures herself, now faces a…

The death toll from viral hepatitis now outpaces that of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. Approaching World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, a recent WHO progress report illuminates the disease’s impact in Africa.     Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the highest hepatitis B numbers with…

The good news is that tuberculosis deaths are declining steadily. The bad news is that we are wildly off track to meet the bold targets set for controlling the world’s #1 lethal infectious disease.

Next week is a big one for global health: The 73rd UN General Assembly has begun and shifts into high gear on Monday. Global Goals Week starts tomorrow.