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Global Tuberculosis and aspergillosis – submission to UK All Party Parliamentary Group

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Do some of the millions of smear negative ‘TB’ patients actually have TB at all? Drs Page and Denning have submitted evidence submitted to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis (APPG-TB), UK addressing this uncertainty. Data from multiple sources suggests 15-20% of these patients may have chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). Many smear negative… Read more »

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Bipolaris hawaiiensis endophthalmitis from eye injection with contaminated steroids

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Seventeen cases of fungal endophthalmitis occurred after intravitreal injection of triamcinolone sourced from a single lot prepared by a compounding pharmacy in California. All were infected with Bipolaris hawaiiensis, a common plant pathogen and an uncommon human pathogen. In a retrospective analysis- fungal endophthalmitis developed in 82% (14/17) of eyes after intravitreal triamcinolone obtained from the same… Read more »

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Open source lab IT system spreads its wings across Africa

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The C4G BLIS diagnostic lab software has now been adopted by 27 hospitals across sub-Sarahan Africa. Most usage is in Ghana, with multiple labs in Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and the DRC also using the customisable and simple to use system. C4G BLIS is a free, open-source laboratory management system, designed to be ultra-configurable to… Read more »

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Resistance (AMR) in Candida glabrata reaching epic proportions

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Chinese researchers this month report a 14% rate of caspofungin resistance in Candida glabrata, an organism that is also fluconazole resistant. In 67 intensive care units in China, 389 isolates of Candida from 244 patients were susceptibility testing using CLSI M27-A3 methodology.  50 isolates were C. glabrata and over 50% had fluconazole MICs of >… Read more »

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Study confirms that Mycology research in UK is badly underfunded

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The first study to present detailed, systematically collected data and rigorously quantify funding, related to mycology research investments made to UK institutions from 1997-2010, has just been published in the BMJ Open Journal by  Head et al. The results highlight clear gaps in the UK research portfolio and illustrate some priority areas for funders and… Read more »

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GAFFI launch in Delhi

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GAFFI was launched in India at the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) on January 8th 2014. India probably has the largest burden of fungal disease in the world. Dr V M Katoch, Secretary, Department of Health Research & Director General, ICMR, Dr Rashmi Arora, Deputy Director, ICMR and GAFFI Advisor Professor Arunaloke Chakrabarti, explained… Read more »

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Predictors of survival in cryptococcal meningitis in AIDS

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Using existing data from 501 patients in clinical trials in Thailand, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa, Joe Jarvis and colleagues from St George’s Hospital in London discovered some key parameters of survival in cryptococcal meningitis in AIDS. One third of the patients had died by 10 weeks. Younger age, being fully alert, less weight loss… Read more »

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Economic burden of lung diseases in Europe exceeds €370 billion

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A joint publication by the European Lung Foundation and European Respiratory Society provides detailed statistics on lung health in Europe. 1 in 8 deaths in the EU are as a result of respiratory disease and 6 million people are admitted to hospital each year. It is estimated for several diseases that this represents the “tip… Read more »

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GAFFI is launched in Latin America in Sao Paulo

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GAFFI was launched in Latin America on November 18th at the Escola Paulista de Medicina-UNIFESP. Over 90 participants including representatives of the Minister of Health, Vice-chancellor of the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Prof Eduardo Moacyr Krieger the Vice-President of the FAPESP (Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisa de Sao Paulo), the past-President of the Brazilian Academy… Read more »

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Global Plague : How 150 people die every hour from fungal infection while the world turns a blind eye

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Acclaimed actor Rupert Everett supports GAFFI to raise awareness of the scale of the challenge across the world Neglected by policy makers and most international health agencies, today sees the launch of Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI), an international organisation set to highlight the plight of 300 million people worldwide and begin to… Read more »

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