Publications

Transcriptomic profiles of confirmed pediatric tuberculosis patients and household contacts identifies active tuberculosis, infection, and treatment response among Indian children

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2019-12-04
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Journal of Infectious Diseases: Gene expression profiles among Indian children with confirmed TB were distinct from those of adults, highlighting the importance of including distinct populations in differential gene expression models

MAL adaptor (TIRAP) S180L polymorphism and severity of disease among tuberculosis patients

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2019-10-31
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Infection, Genetics, and Evolution
Infection, Genetics, and Evolution : We investigated the association of TIRAP variants with severity of TB disease and IP-10 production in humans, which may be useful in predicting poor clinical outcome

Incidence of tuberculosis in HIV-infected adults on first- and second-line antiretroviral therapy in India

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2019-10-29
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BMC Infectious Diseases
In this study among people living with HIV, Akshay Gupte and colleagues found that the risk of acquiring tuberculosis was higher in those receiving first-line antiretrovial therapy versus those receiving second-line medications.

Lateral flow urine lipoarabinomannan assay for detecting active tuberculosis in people living with HIV

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2019-10-21
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Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Why is improving the diagnosis of tuberculosis important? Tuberculosis causes more deaths in people living with HIV than any other disease. The lateral flow urine lipoarabinomannan assay (LF-LAM, Alere Determine™ TB LAM Ag assay) is a World Health Organization-recommended rapid test to assist in detection of active tuberculosis in HIV-positive people with severe HIV disease. Rapid and early tuberculosis diagnosis may allow for prompt treatment and alleviate severe illness and death. An incorrect tuberculosis diagnosis may result in anxiety and unnecessary treatment.

Isoniazid preventive therapy in HIV-infected pregnant and postpartum women

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2019-10-03
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New England Journal of Medicine
New England Journal of Medicine: Dr. Amita Gupta and colleagues found that the current standard of care given to HIV+ pregnant women to prevent TB should wait until 12 weeks after delivery. The study underscores the need to include pregnant women in clinical trials.

Development and validation of HIV-ASSIST, an online, educational, clinical decision support tool to guide patient-centered ARV regimen selection

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2019-10-01
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Maunank Shah and colleagues invented HIV-ASSIST, an online decision-making tool that helps clinicians determine what antiretroviral therapies will best meet the needs of individual HIV patients. This paper in JAIDS discusses what they found in testing the tool's validity.

Challenges in conducting trials for pediatric tuberculosis meningitis: lessons learned in the field

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2019-10-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: Researchers describe the challenges associated with conducting the first randomized clinical trial of antimicrobial agents in pediatric tuberculosis meningitis.

Re: A Shorter Regimen for Rifampin-Resistant Tuberculosis

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2019-09-12
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New England Journal of Medicine
Dr. Jeff Tornheim and colleagues respond to an NEJM article about shorter course TB treatment.

Evaluation of miLINC to shorten time to treatment for rifampicin-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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2019-09-01
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The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
A suite of mobile health applications shows promise for linking more drug-resisitant TB patients to care and in less time.

Use of smartphone-based video Directly Observed Therapy (vDOT) in tuberculosis care: Single-arm, prospective feasibility study

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2019-08-30
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Journal of Medical Internet Research
Video-based monitoring is increasingly used as an efficient and low cost alternative to in-person observation and monitoring of TB patients. It showed promise in the high TB setting of India, too.

Inclusion of key populations in clinical trials of new antituberculosis treatments: Current barriers and recommendations for pregnant and lactating women, children, and HIV-infected persons

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2019-08-15
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PLOS Medicine
PLOS Medicine: Dr. Amita Gupta and colleagues discuss the scientific and ethical basis for including pregnant and lactation women, children, and HIV+ patients in tuberculosis therapeutic clinical trials.

A tuberculosis-free world: is it a delusion?

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2019-08-12
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The Lancet
The Lancet: Dr. Sachin Atre's correspondence questions progress and global commitment toward TB elimination.

Smoking, alcohol use disorder and tuberculosis treatment outcomes: A dual co-morbidity burden that cannot be ignored

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2019-07-31
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PLoS One
BACKGROUND: More than 20% of tuberculosis (TB) disease worldwide may be attributable to smoking and alcohol abuse. India is the second largest consumer of tobacco products, a major consumer of alcohol particularly among males, and has the highest burden of TB globally. The impact of increasing...

Third-line antiretroviral therapy in low-income and middle-income countries (ACTG A5288): a prospective strategy study

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2019-07-29
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Lancet HIV
BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) management is challenging for individuals in resource-limited settings presenting for third-line treatment because of complex resistance patterns, partly due to reduced access to viral load monitoring. We aimed to evaluate use of newer antiretroviral drugs...

Infection free "resisters" among household contacts of adult pulmonary tuberculosis

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2019-07-18
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PLoS One
Despite substantial exposure to infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) cases, some household contacts (HHC) never acquire latent TB infection (LTBI). Characterizing these "resisters" can inform who to study immunologically for the development of TB vaccines. We enrolled HHCs of culture-confirmed...

The Right and Left Hands of the State — Two Patients at Risk of Deportation

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2019-07-18
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New England Journal of Medicine
NEJM: Dr. Kathleen Page and colleagues offer guidance for clinicians on meeting the needs of patients in an era of punitive immigration policy

HIV-ASSIST

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2019-07-16
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HIVSpecialist
HIVSpecialist: Dr. Maunank Shah and colleagues chronicle the development of HIV-ASSIST, a tool to help guide selections for patient-centered antiretroviral therapy.

Long-acting or extended-release antiretroviral products for HIV treatment and prevention in infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant and breastfeeding women: knowledge gaps and research priorities

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2019-07-15
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Lancet HIV
Lancet HIV : This paper summarizes findings of the Long acting/Extended Release Antiretroviral Resource Program workshop, and offers recommendations for developing ARV products for HIV treatment and prevention in infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant and breastfeeding women

High risk for latent tuberculosis infection among medical residents and nursing students in India

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2019-07-08
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PLoS One
PLoS ONE: Self-reported TB exposure is underreported, and uptake of LTBI prevention therapy remains low

Advancing the development of new tuberculosis treatment regimens: The essential role of translational and clinical pharmacology and microbiology

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2019-07-05
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PLOS
Application of clinical pharmacology best practices is essential to the efficient and rational development of drugs. In general, knowledge gained about exposure–response relationships in preclinical models aids drug and dose selection in human studies, and biomarkers and pharmacokinetic (PK) data...

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