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New finding could aid fight against tuberculosis

A single protein appears responsible for the ability of some tuberculosis-causing bacteria to evade antibiotics, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The finding suggests that blocking this protein may help shorten…

India’s potential to beat tuberculosis

One-quarter of the world’s tuberculosis cases are in India, and the disease kills one Indian every 90 seconds. But India—strong in TB research and in technological and pharmaceutical capacity—has the potential to make great progress against TB, say…

Improving health among homeless people

April 20, 2016 – During the decade she spent as a physician assistant at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Jill Roncarati saw, up close and personal, the ravages people suffered when they had no place to live.…

In pursuit of an elusive foe

The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are experts at survival, allowing the disease to persist even when faced with the immune system and drugs. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Sarah Fortune is on a mission to figure out…

Stopping tuberculosis requires new strategy

Past decades’ reliance on biomedical solutions has not worked; ‘biosocial’ approach needed For immediate release: October 26, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Unless there is a major shift in the way the world fights tuberculosis—from a reliance on biomedical…

Commencement 2014: CDC Director Tom Frieden address

May 29, 2014 Welcome and thank you to graduates, families, faculty, Dean Frenk, friends and guests. Congratulations. Your being here today is a tribute to your hard work, and to your personal and academic growth and learning. And…

The nano state

[ Spring 2014 ] Can tiny engineered particles help protect us from infectious disease? Hotel rooms, subway cars, offices, airplanes, cruise ships: to most people, the air they breathe inside these places seems benign, if sometimes stuffy and stale. But…