Tuberculosis


  • Growing Presence of Drug-Resistant TB Fuels Need for More Screening, Faster Testing
    Johns Hopkins experts in the prevention and treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis are calling for increased screening and more rapid testing of the 9 million people worldwide estimated to be infected each year with TB and now at risk for this form of the highly ...More
    June 7, 2012 Posted in News
  • College Awarded Grant to Develop New TB Vaccine Against Drug-Resistant Strains
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University a five-year, $5.9 million grant to develop a new vaccine against tuberculosis (TB), including the toughest-to-treat forms of the disease known as ...More
    May 31, 2012 Posted in News
  • Targeting Tuberculosis Hotspots Could Have Widespread Benefit
    Reducing tuberculosis transmission in geographic "hotspots" where infections are highest could significantly reduce TB transmission on a broader scale, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. An analysis of data from ...More
    May 28, 2012 Posted in News
  • New TB Test Promises to be Cheap and Fast
    Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. They hope the test will be cheaper, faster and more reliable than current testing for the disease. ...More
    May 22, 2012 Posted in News
  • 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