Tuberculosis


  • New Vaccine Shows Promise as Stronger Weapon Against Tuberculosis and Leprosy
    In many parts of the world, leprosy and tuberculosis live side-by-side. Worldwide there are approximately 233,000 new cases of leprosy per year, with nearly all of them occurring where tuberculosis is endemic. The currently available century-old vaccine Bacille ...More
    August 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover Clues About How the Most Important TB Drug Attacks its Target
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say they have discovered a new clue to understanding how the most important medication for tuberculosis (TB) works to attack dormant TB bacteria in order to shorten treatment. The antibiotic Pyrazinamide ...More
    August 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Mycobacteria Metabolism Discovery May Pave Way for New TB Drugs
    The mystery of why mycobacteria—a family that includes the microbe that causes TB—are extraordinarily hardy organisms is being unraveled by University of Otago, New Zealand, research that offers new hope for developing a revolutionary class of antibiotics to ...More
    July 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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