Tuberculosis


  • 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
  • TB Lung Infection Causes Changes in the Diversity of Gut Bacteria
    Johns Hopkins researchers have found evidence in mice that a tuberculosis (TB) infection in the lungs triggers immune system signaling to the gut that temporarily decreases the diversity of bacteria in that part of the digestive tract. The researchers showed that this ...More
    May 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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