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  • Multi-Target TB Drug Could Treat Other Diseases, Evade Resistance
    A drug under clinical trials to treat tuberculosis could be the basis for a class of broad-spectrum drugs that act against various bacteria, fungal infections and parasites, yet evade resistance, according to a study by University of Illinois chemists and collaborators. ...More
    April 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • New TB Screening Guidelines Overseas Save U.S. Estimated $15 Million
    Updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for overseas tuberculosis (TB) screening of immigrants and refugees have identified hundreds of cases that otherwise would have gone undetected until after arrival in the United States, saving ...More
    March 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Progress in Diagnosing Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
    Almost half a million people fell ill with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012, yet less than 1 in 4 of these people was diagnosed, mainly due to a lack of access to quality diagnostic services. But with an innovative international project, 27 countries are ...More
    March 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Offers Public Health Grand Rounds on Drug-Resistant TB
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will offer the Public Health Grand Rounds session, “Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: New Tools to Tackle New Challenges from an Old Foe,” on March 18, at 1 p.m. EDT. Tuberculosis is an ancient disease ...More
    March 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Vitamin A May Help Boost Immune System to Fight Tuberculosis
    In findings published in the March 1 issue of the Journal of Immunology, UCLA researchers investigating the role of nutrients in helping the immune system fight against major infections show that vitamin A may play an important role combating tuberculosis (TB). The UCLA ...More
    February 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria
    The active ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an international team of researchers from Venezuela, France, and the U.S. reports in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the ...More
    February 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • NIH Scientists Develop Way to Make Old Antibiotic Work Against TB
    Scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have developed a method to synthesize modified forms of an established antibiotic called spectinomycin. The modified forms, unlike the ...More
    January 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Johns Hopkins Study Highlights Challenges of Tuberculosis in Children
    A small study by investigators from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College in India reveals high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) infection among young children, troubling rates of disseminated disease and alarming patterns of ...More
    January 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • TB Bacteria Mask Their Identity to Intrude Into Deeper Regions of Lungs
    TB-causing bacteria appear to mask their identity to avoid recognition by infection-killing cells in the upper airways. The bacteria call up more permissive white blood cells in the deeper regions of the lungs and hitch a ride inside them to get into the host's body. ...More
    December 20, 2013 Posted in News
  • BCG Vaccine More Effective Than Previously Thought
    The BCG vaccine has been found to be more effective against the most common form of tuberculosis than previously thought, according to a new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Bacillus Calmette Guérin (BCG) vaccine is included in the childhood vaccination programme of ...More
    December 19, 2013 Posted in News