Tuberculosis


  • 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
  • Lung Lesions of TB Variable, Independent Whether Infection is Active or Latent
    The lung lesions in an individual infected with tuberculosis (TB) are surprisingly variable and independent of each other, despite whether the patient has clinically active or latent disease, according to a new animal study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh ...More
    December 16, 2013 Posted in News
  • Natural Antibiotic Could be a Lethal Weapon in the Fight Against Tuberculosis
    A natural antibiotic could turn out to be a lethal weapon in the fight against tuberculosis. Scientists have discovered it has an unexpected dual action that dramatically reduces the probability that TB bacteria will become resistant. Technology has made it possible to ...More
    December 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • Gains in TB Control at Risk Due to 3 Million Missed Patients, Drug Resistance Challenges
    Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, according to the WHO "Global Tuberculosis Report 2013" published today. The report also reveals that the number of people ill with TB fell in 2012 to 8.6 million, with global TB deaths also ...More
    October 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Insights Into How TB Tricks the Immune System Could Help Combat the Disease
    Researchers have identified a potential way to manipulate the immune system to improve its ability to fight off tuberculosis (TB). TB is a major problem for both humans and cattle and the new findings could help scientists to create better drugs to combat the disease in ...More
    October 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Southern Nevada Health District Investigating Tuberculosis Exposure in Hospital NICU
    The Southern Nevada Health District is currently investigating a tuberculosis exposure that occurred via a patient within Summerlin Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) this past summer. Hospital management and staff have fully cooperated with every step of the ...More
    October 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • McMaster University Lab Develops New Tuberculosis Vaccine
    A tuberculosis vaccine developed at McMaster University offers new hopes for the global fight against tuberculosis. "We are the first to have developed such a vaccine for tuberculosis," says Dr. Fiona Smaill, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Molecular ...More
    October 2, 2013 Posted in News
  • A New Strategy to Stop the TB Bacterium
    To stay ahead in the race against drug-resistant infections, scientists constantly search for and exploit vulnerabilities in deadly bacteria. Now, researchers from Brown and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a novel compound to exploit an Achilles’ heel in ...More
    September 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Virtual Monitoring Could Aid Adherence to TB Medication
    Virtual observation of patients taking their prescribed tuberculosis (TB) medication could prove an effective technique for ensuring patients effectively complete their course of treatment. The research was presented on Sept. 8, 2013 at the European Respiratory Society ...More
    September 9, 2013 Posted in News