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Tuberculosis


  • Researchers Devise Method of Faster Detection of Pathogens in the Lungs
    What used to take several weeks is now possible in two days: thanks to new molecular-based methods, mycobacterial pathogens that cause pulmonary infections or tuberculosis can now be detected much more quickly. Time-consuming bacteria cultures no longer need to be taken ...More
    2 days ago Posted in News
  • WHO's TB Care Advice Violated Standards, Researchers Say
    The World Health Organization (WHO) violated sound standards of medical care and human rights by nudging poorer countries to follow less expensive, untested and largely ineffective treatment protocols for tuberculosis patients, a new paper by researchers at Duke, Brandeis ...More
    3 days ago Posted in News
  • Modeling the Correct Doses for Disease-Fighting Drugs
    In treating diseases with drugs, dosing is critical; too little is ineffective, while too much can be lethal. Colorado State University's Brad Reisfeld takes a mathematical approach to achieving optimal dosing for various drugs. Publishing earlier this week in the American ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • New Easy-to-Use TB Test Achieves Accuracy Comparable to IGRAs in Phase III Trials
    A new skin test for tuberculosis infection has proven safe, easy to administer and accurate in two Phase III clinical trials, according to research presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference. The test, known as C-Tb, combines the “field friendliness of the ...More
    May 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Rapid Diagnostic Test and Shorter Treatment Signal New Hope for Multidrug-Resistant TB Patients
    New World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen. “This is a critical step ...More
    May 13, 2016 Posted in News
  • Updated Cochrane Review: Corticosteroids for Managing Tuberculous Meningitis
    The Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG) has carried out a review update to evaluate the effects of corticosteroids being used alongside anti-tuberculosis medication to treat people suffering from tuberculous meningitis. Tuberculous meningitis is a serious form of ...More
    May 3, 2016 Posted in News
  • Tuberculosis Bacteria Build 'Edible' Havens in Immune Cells
    Bacteria that cause tuberculosis trick immune cells meant to destroy them into hiding and feeding them instead. This is the result of a study led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and published online April 18 in Nature Immunology. The study results revolve ...More
    April 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Tuberculosis Elimination in Europe
    New data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and WHO/Europe ahead of World TB Day show that an estimated 340,000 Europeans developed tuberculosis (TB) in 2014, corresponding to a rate of 37 cases per 100,000 population. ...More
    April 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Biomarker Discovery Offers Hope for New TB Vaccine
    A team of scientists led by Oxford University has made a discovery that could improve our chances of developing an effective vaccine against tuberculosis (TB). The researchers have identified new biomarkers for tuberculosis which have shown for the first time why immunity ...More
    April 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Promising New Method Inhibits TB-causing Bacteria
    Scientists at the University of Queensland and the University of California San Francisco have found a new way to inhibit the growth of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences deputy head professor James De Voss said the ...More
    April 6, 2016 Posted in News
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