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  • Rollout Strategy is Key to Battling India's TB Epidemic
    A new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggests that getting patients in India quickly evaluated by the right doctors can be just as effective at curbing tuberculosis (TB) as a new, highly accurate screening test. While ideally all ...More
    July 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • Low-Cost TB Test Means Quicker, More Reliable Diagnosis for Patients
    A new test for tuberculosis (TB) could dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for one of the world’s deadliest diseases, enabling healthcare providers to report results to patients within minutes, according to a study published this week in the ...More
    July 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Targets Elimination of TB in More Than 30 Countries
    Today, the World Health Organization (WHO), together with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), presented a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease. There are 33* countries and territories where there are fewer than 100 TB ...More
    July 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Approach for Tuberculosis Drugs
    Consumption was one of the worst known diseases of the 18th century. Thanks to medical advances, the number of deaths from this lung disease – which is today known as tuberculosis – has declined significantly. Efforts to eradicate the disease in the 1950s and ...More
    July 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Research May Yield New Ways to Treat Antibiotic-Resistant TB
    Scientists in the United States and India have successfully modified the precursor to one of the drugs used to treat tuberculosis, an important first step toward new drugs that can transcend antibiotic resistance issues that experts consider a serious threat to global ...More
    June 30, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Treatment Manipulates Body's Response to TB Bacteria
    In a new study published in Nature, scientists describe a new type of tuberculosis (TB) treatment that involves manipulating the body’s response to TB bacteria rather than targeting the bacteria themselves, a concept called host-directed therapy. TB remains a major ...More
    June 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Research Finds TB Infection May Be Underestimated Among People Taking Corticosteroid Pills
    Tuberculosis infection among people taking corticosteroid pills may be underestimated, new research suggests. Current guidelines for what constitutes a positive TB skin test among corticosteroid pill users may not be capturing all those who are infected, says Dr. Nicholas ...More
    June 26, 2014 Posted in News
  • TB Dogma Upended: Even Uninfected Cells Trigger Immune Defenses
    Experimenting with mice, infectious disease experts at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that immune system cells uninfected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis trigger immune system T cells to fight the disease. The findings upend the long-held scientific ...More
    June 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Tuberculosis Test More Than Skin Deep
    A new screening process for tuberculosis (TB) infections in Canadian prisons could mean that more than 50 percent of those screened won't undergo unnecessary treatment due to false positives. According to research by Wendy Wobeser and medical resident Ilan Schwartz, a test ...More
    June 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • Shorter TB Treatment Regimens Will Reduce Costs for Patients
    Shorter TB treatment regimens will reduce the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by both patients and their family members, who often act as the patients' guardians. In addition, shorter TB regimens may allow an earlier return to productive activities for patients and their ...More
    June 5, 2014 Posted in News