Why Tuberculosis is Having the Worst Week Ever
For an often neglected topic, there’s been lots of news about TB lately. And it’s not the good kind.
Today in the New York Times, the American Enterprise Institute scholar Roger Bate highlighted the pervasiveness of fake TB drugs. Bate references findings from a new study published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The Washington Post got in on the story too.
The Lancet also published a TB study this week showing that an experimental vaccine did not offer more protection than the current TB vaccine used on babies. Just a few of the headlines on this:
- The Scientist: New TB Vaccine Fails Trial
- Think Progress: As Tuberculosis Vaccines Flounder, Developing Nations Join To Fight Drug-Resistant Diseases
- Nature: TB Vaccine Takes a Tumble
So yeah, not a very good week to be in the TB control business.
TED Speakers Discuss Future of Africa on NPR Show
I’ve been catching up on episodes of NPR’s fantastic TED Radio Hour show, which includes snippets of TED talks along with interviews and insights from the speakers and other guests.
The most recent episode features thinkers who have given talks under TED’s theme, “Africa: The Next Chapter.” In three segments, host Alison Stewart probes some brilliant African thinkers on their views.
You’ll dig this. Listen to it.