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TB Monitor Archives – November 1, 2002

November 1, 2002

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  • Federal TB bill hits late snag in dispute over funding

    For a few glorious days last month, a bill that would have transfused millions of badly needed federal dollars into state and local TB control programs seemed assured of a smooth and speedy passage through the Senate.
  • Small town staggers under Somali influx

    Since spring of last year, 1,110 Somali refugees have streamed into Lewiston, Maine, a village of 36,000 people. Social services in the town are stretched thin, and state TB experts are struggling to see how an already tight budget can be stretched even further to cope with the new arrivals.
  • Tobacco and TB linked, Indian research suggests

    New data from India and other countries, though still preliminary, show a strong cause-and-effect relationship between tobacco used and TB disease and death, an Indian researcher says.
  • TB bargaining chip in union struggle?

    An incorrect report of an extensive outbreak of TB at a New York state prison last month points to the role TB and other infectious diseases are playing in a simmering dispute over wages and working conditions for correctional officers.
  • Workers often at risk in MDR-TB hot spots

    With tuberculosis cases on the rise internationally, experts are looking more closely than ever at the principles and practice of TB infection-measures aimed at protecting health care workers in resource-poor settings.
  • Industry showing the way for health system change

    You might think fast-food purveyor McDonalds has little to offer to TB patients in Peru with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). But when it came time to scale up a model for treating MDR-TB in resource-poor settings, the Harvard-affiliated nonprofit Partners in Health called on the CEO and founder of the Boston-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
  • TBTC sites added, Brazil among them

    Three new sites were announced last month by the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium of the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • 10 strategies for trimming Medicaid budget deficits

    A new report from the Washington, DC-based American Legislative Exchange Council offers 10 strategies states should follow to cut their budget deficits, including a radical restructuring of benefits programs such as Medicaid.