A small levy on airplane tickets sold in Europe is providing money for desperately needed – but neglected – areas of health care in HIV, TB and malaria. Unitaid, administered by WHO in Geneva, uses funds from the levy and contributions from the Gates Foundation and others, to focus on developing TB drugs for kids. Currently all that is available for kids is the guesswork involved in cutting adult pills down to size.
Dr. Lee B. Reichman has real-world experience with public panic over controllable but scary health issues. He is a world-renown authority on tuberculosis, founding executive director of the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute and co-author of Timebomb, the story of the 1990s TB outbreak in New York City.
Reichman spoke Tuesday at the National Press Foundation’s Journalist to Journalist training on lung health issues in Barcelona. Afterwards he answered questions about Ebola, quarantines and TB. This is an edited version of his remarks.
The $3 billion electronic cigarette industry is morphing so quickly it is difficult for scientists and regulators to keep up, according to tobacco expert Myra Wisotzky.
E-cigarettes were invented in China in the last decade and since then 466 brands of e-cigs in 7,764 unique flavors have been produced, she said.
As tuberculosis rages, the intense focus on Ebola presents a quandary for health-care experts who have been trying for years to put a dent in TB’s toll. It is a teaching moment even amid the fear and hysteria, they told the National Press Foundation.
Here is what three TB experts said Monday in interviews with NPF:
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