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Flying very frequently turns into a test of patience – you’re excited to get where you’re going but the typical airline experience is almost always a case of hurry-up-and-wait. Lately, it’s been more stress-inducing than usual – whether the delays are weather-induced here in the States, or labor strike-induced in Europe. (Fittingly, as I write this Friday morning, I just…

President Obama was the world’s most prominent traveler this week, with a much discussed trip to Israel. To mark that, we have some dining advice for POTUS, courtesy of the New York Times’ Emily Brennan. She speaks with a chef from Jerusalem who offers guidance on the best places to eat in the ancient city, including where to find the…

Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of the WHO Stop TB Department, announced this week that in the last 17 years over 51 million people worldwide have been treated for tuberculosis, and as a result, approximately 20 million lives have been saved. “This milestone reflects the commitment of governments to transform the fight against TB” added Dr. Raviglione, “but the momentum to…

Earlier this week the CDC released a report showing the tuberculosis bacterium is exhibiting ever increasing resistance to conventional treatment. Since the mid 1960’s, the vast majority of tuberculosis cases have been effectively treated with a combination of Isoniazid (INH) and Rifampin. That landscape is changing, and threatening efforts to eradicate a disease that infects almost 9 million people and…

The esteemed British medical journal, the Lancet, reported this week that the incidence of tuberculosis in London had risen 50% in the last decade. Unlike neighboring countries, and the rest of the Western world, where tuberculosis has been on the decline for dozens of years, London saw a jump from 2,309 cases in 1999 to 3,450 in 2009. Most tuberculosis…

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it is endorsing a new technology to diagnose tuberculosis. The test, done on sputum samples and taking less than 2 hours to perform, identifies the presence of tuberculosis genetic material (coined the nucleic acid amplification test, or NAAT). By contrast, conventional methods for diagnosing tuberculosis, such as sputum cultures, take several weeks.…

My eyes were opened to the threat posed by multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) when I read about Dr. Paul Farmer’s evangelical efforts to raise the world’s consciousness in Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains.  Years later I’ve learned the threat continues to grow. The World Health Organization works very closely with Farmer’s Partners In Health organization to monitor and combat…

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