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Earlier diagnosis of (pediatric) cancers by CHWs

by Joris Van Dam

Dear All, The other day I ran into an exciting and energizing global health entrepreneur, whose initiatives I thought might be of interest to this forum. Cr Bea Bakshi and her colleagues have been developing and assessing in the UK a novel tool for earlier diagnosis in cancer - particularly ... read more

Updated: 20 Nov, 2017
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Multiplex Respiratory Virus Testing for Antimicrobial Stewardship

LAKSHMI VEMU replied

Dear Dr. Saluja, That would be a very good way of educating clinicians on what tests to order and the right way of interpretation. As you are aware, several assays that are redundant or not applicable are being used without any indications. I definitely support your valuable suggestion. read more

Updated: 19 Nov, 2017
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CheXNet: Radiologist-Level Pneumonia Detection on Chest X-Rays with Deep Learning

by Madhukar Pai

Pleases see this interesting study https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05225 The Stanford team developed an algorithm that can detect pneumonia from chest X-rays and found that CheXNet exceeds average radiologist performance on pneumonia detection on both sensitivity and specificity. We extend CheXNet to detect all 14 diseases in ChestX-ray14 and achieve state of the ... read more

Updated: 19 Nov, 2017
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Global Investments in Tuberculosis Research and Development

by Madhukar Pai

All, At the Moscow Ministerial Meeting on TB, WHO released a policy brief that aims to articulate a coherent vision of the research needs to end TB and elaborates on the funding and structural requirements that are necessary to operationalize this vision. URL: http://www.who.int/tb/publications/2017/Global_Investments_in_Tuberculosis_Re... Also see this related blog post ... read more

Updated: 17 Nov, 2017
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LoaScope, a mobile-telephone–based videomicroscope to quantify L. loa microfilariae

by Madhukar Pai

Please see this NEJM paper on this innovation: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1705026#t=article Best madhu read more

Updated: 09 Nov, 2017
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Values, preferences and current hepatitis B and C testing practices in low- and middle-income countries

by Sonjelle Shilton

Dear Colleagues, Last week, we posted about the exciting Hepatitis Supplement that was just published in Journal of BMC Infectious Diseases. We would like to highlight the article, Values, preferences and current hepatitis B and C testing practices in low- and middle-income countries: results of a survey of end users ... read more

Updated: 07 Nov, 2017
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Variability in QuantiFERON results and why a borderline zone is essential

by Madhukar Pai

Hi All, Here are two nice recent studies that dissect the well-known variability in QFT results and offer constructive suggestions on how to construct a borderline zone that can help us interpret this assay: http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/rccm.201704-0817OC http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0187313&type=printable http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/rccm.201707-1543ED In the attached editorial, we have argued for a more nuanced approach to ... read more

Updated: 07 Nov, 2017
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Alternative specimens and methods for Specimen Collection

Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira replied

Dear Claudia and Gerard Thanks for the important information shared by FIND team and hopefully we will learn more during the upcoming UNION conference. Best regards *Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira, MpH, PHD* *Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor* Management Sciences for Health Ditsela Place (Cnr Jan Shoba and Park street) 1204, Hatfield, Pretoria, ... read more

Updated: 07 Nov, 2017
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Using Patient Pathways to Accelerate the Drive to Ending Tuberculosis

by Madhukar Pai

Please see this special supplement, just published in Journal of Infectious Diseases: https://academic.oup.com/jid/issue/216/suppl_7 Articles published in this supplement illustrate how the analysis of patient pathways to tuberculosis care can identify the programmatic gaps in the implementation of key interventions for tuberculosis detection, care, and prevention. The articles in this supplement ... read more

Updated: 06 Nov, 2017
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Dual point-of-care tests for HIV and syphilis

Dr Raghavendra Patil replied

Nice information. Dual tests available now read more

Updated: 06 Nov, 2017
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