Tuberculosis


  • Tiny Tool Can Play Big Role Against Tuberculosis
    A tiny filter could have a big impact around the world in the fight against tuberculosis. Using the traditional microscope-based diagnosis method as a starting point, a University of Florida lung disease specialist and colleagues in Brazil have devised a way to detect more ...More
    May 17, 2012 Posted in News
  • Biosignatures Distinguish Between Tuberculosis and Sarcoidosis
    The human immune system in action. This colored scanning electron microscope image shows a white blood cell (dyed red) in the act of destroying tuberculosis bacteria (yellow). The bacteria are surrounded by the cell membrane of the scavenger cell, then drawn inside and ...More
    May 7, 2012 Posted in News
  • Possible Connection Between Air Pollution and Tuberculosis Susceptibility
    A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stephan Schwander, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Public Health (UMDNJ-SPH), and funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, has determined a possible link between exposure to a ...More
    April 16, 2012 Posted in News
  • A Better Tool for Diagnosing Tuberculosis
    Up to 30 percent of the world's population is infected with tuberculosis (TB), but in many areas of the world, TB diagnosis still relies on insensitive, poorly standardized, and time-consuming methods. A new diagnostic tool, endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), ...More
    April 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • More Evidence, Better Diagnostics Needed Before Redefining Severe Forms of Drug-Resistant TB
    Reports of tuberculosis (TB) cases with severe patterns of drug resistance are increasing, said experts who attended a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in Geneva March 21-22, 2012. Participants stressed that the emergence of drug resistance should be a wake-up call ...More
    March 23, 2012 Posted in News
  • NIH Researchers Highlight Progress, Path Forward for Developing TB Vaccines
    In the past decade, scientists have made significant progress building the critical knowledge and infrastructure needed to identify and develop novel tuberculosis (TB) vaccine candidates and move the most promising ones into human clinical trials. The results of those ...More
    March 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • FDA Proposes Lower Risk Classification for Certain Tuberculosis Tests
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule today that would encourage the development of a type of test used to detect cases of tuberculosis (TB). This rule would lower the current risk classification for nucleic acid-based tests allowing ...More
    March 19, 2012 Posted in News
  • TB Alliance Establishes New Pathway to TB and MDR-TB Treatment
    In an ambitious effort to stem the dangerous tide of tuberculosis (TB) and deadly drug-resistant TB around the world, TB Alliance today announced that it has launched a first-of-its-kind clinical trial to test a novel drug combination – in both patients who have TB and ...More
    March 19, 2012 Posted in News
  • Novel Tuberculosis Research Could Lead to New Treatments
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one-third of the world's population is currently infected with tuberculosis bacteria. The bacteria is incredibly resistant to treatment, and despite its prevalence, very little is known about why it is so stress tolerant. ...More
    February 15, 2012 Posted in News
  • Treatment for Tuberculosis Can be Guided by Patients' Genetics
    A gene that influences the inflammatory response to infection may also predict the effectiveness of drug treatment for a deadly form of tuberculosis. An international collaboration between researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, Duke University, Harvard ...More
    February 8, 2012 Posted in News