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  •  Ok...DfromCT quotes this from NYT (1+ / 0-)
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    While commissioner Dr. Hamburg's innovative treatment plan for tuberculosis (TB) became a model for health departments around the world. In the 1990s, TB was the leading infectious killer of youths and adults and had become resistant to standard drugs. To be effective, new drugs required patients to take pills every day for up to two years, but failure to complete the full course of treatment allowed the bacteria to mutate into drug-resistant strains. Hamburg sent healthcare workers to patients' homes to help manage their drug regimen, and between 1992 and 1997, the TB rate for New York City fell by 46 percent, and by 86 percent for the most resistant strains.

    Isn't AIDS related Tuberculosis(TB) one of the worst symptomatic killers??

    Wake me up...we won..

    by soms on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 06:23:21 PM PDT

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    •  NYC had a big TB problem in the 90's (3+ / 0-)
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      and non-compliance made everything worse (it's tough to take medicine every day for half a year, and these weren't always model patients or ideal circumstance.) This really was a remarkably effective approach to the problem, and the stats say it worked very well.

      not all the TB problem was AIDS/HIV related. The resurgence in the 80's ad was due to a combo of immigration, homeless, prison populations, and AIDS.

      The number of people with active tuberculosis in New Jersey dropped to 640 last year, the lowest number this decade, after a peak of 984 active cases in 1992, said Dennis McGowan, spokesman for the state Department of Health and Senior Services. There were 718 cases in 1997.

      The decline is attributed to increased testing, which reveals people who are infected but who do not have the active disease, and to programs started in the early 1990's in which health professionals monitor tuberculosis patients daily to make sure they complete the six-month-long course of daily treatments, said Dr. Lee Reichman, executive director of the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Network in Newark .

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 06:39:25 PM PDT

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    •  Leading infectious killer in the USA? (0+ / 0-)

      Some of these other stats are irritatingly hollow, as well.

      Look, Big Pharma will ALWAYS have a market, worldwide (or generate one).

      So I guess New York City's battle with (new and improved/mutated) TB is wonderful, if it's a "model for the world".  

      Power to her.  

      I don't want to be a wet blanket, so I'll quit this thread.  Heh - she very well may BE the best person Pres. Obama could find in this USA, for this. I would not be surprised.

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