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:

So yeah, not a very good week to be in the TB control business.

Is Don Draper gravely ill?
From my UN Dispatch piece:
If you caught the latest episode of “Mad Men” on Sunday night, you saw a feverish Don coughing and spluttering around Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce before leaving the office early to take to bed.
So what’s ailing Don?
Viewers aren’t given any definite answers in this episode, but Michael Ginsburg, the agency’s new copywriter, has a theory: “Maybe you have TB.”
Not necessarily a bad guess.

Is Don Draper gravely ill?

From my UN Dispatch piece:

If you caught the latest episode of “Mad Men” on Sunday night, you saw a feverish Don coughing and spluttering around Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce before leaving the office early to take to bed.

So what’s ailing Don?

Viewers aren’t given any definite answers in this episode, but Michael Ginsburg, the agency’s new copywriter, has a theory: “Maybe you have TB.”

Not necessarily a bad guess.

jtotheizzoe:

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the cause of TB.
Today is World TB Day, calling attention to the fight to eliminate tuberculosis around the world. WHO estimates that one-third of the global population is infected with TB bacteria, and 1.3 million people died from TB in 2010.

Yes. One-third of people in the world have TB, but most of those infections do not become active.

jtotheizzoe:

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the cause of TB.

Today is World TB Day, calling attention to the fight to eliminate tuberculosis around the world. WHO estimates that one-third of the global population is infected with TB bacteria, and 1.3 million people died from TB in 2010.

Yes. One-third of people in the world have TB, but most of those infections do not become active.

(via jtotheizzoe)

pubhealth:

Tomorrow is World TB Day

pubhealth:

Tomorrow is World TB Day