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Tuberculosis


  • 36 Million People With TB Cured
    Some 36 million people have been cured of tuberculosis (TB) over the past 15 years through a rigorous approach to treatment endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). New data released by the WHO also indicate that up to 8 million TB deaths have been averted, ...More
    December 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Experts Applaud New Task Force on Global Antibiotic Resistance Threat
    Experts on both sides of the Atlantic applaud President Barack Obama and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, representing the European Union (EU) presidency, for establishing a transatlantic task force to address antibiotic resistance, an urgent and growing problem ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researcher Uncovers Potential Key to Curing TB
    Researchers at Iowa State University have identified an enzyme that helps make tuberculosis resistant to a human's natural defense system. Researchers have also found a method to possibly neutralize that enzyme, which may someday lead to a cure for tuberculosis. ...More
    October 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Lung Disease on the Rise in the U.S.
    Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are environmental organisms found in both water and soil that can cause severe pulmonary disease in humans. Pulmonary NTM is on the rise in the United States, according to a large study of people hospitalized with the condition.A ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Test Quickly Identifies Active TB in Smear-Negative Patients
    Active tuberculosis (TB) can be rapidly identified in patients with negative sputum tests by a new method, according to European researchers. Active TB is the seventh-leading cause of death worldwide, and while the diagnosis of active TB can be rapidly established when the ...More
    September 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB Patients Can Reduce Transmissibility by Inhaling Interferon Through a Nebulizer
    A new study published in the Sept. 15, 2009, issue of PLoS ONE found that patients with cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis receiving anti-TB medications supplemented with nebulized interferon-gamma have fewer bacilli in the lungs and less inflammation, thereby reducing the ...More
    September 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Say It’s Time to Revise TB Treatment Guidelines
    Tuberculosis is a global threat that affects more than 10 million people each year. Working with colleagues in the United States and France, Dr. Dick Menzies of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has placed current tuberculosis treatment ...More
    September 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find TB-Prevention Therapy Is Cost-Effective Option
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have found that the cost of preventive antibiotic tuberculosis (TB) therapy for patients infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is generally less expensive than the reported cost of treating newly confirmed TB ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Uncovers How Tuberculosis Agent Survives on Fatty Acids
    Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have discovered a key mechanism behind the survival instinct of tuberculosis. TB is the leading cause of death in the world from a single bacterial infection, and it kills 1.5 million people per year. The ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Smoking Increases Risk of Developing Active TB
    Smoking is a risk factor for active tuberculosis (TB) disease, according to a new study on TB incidence in Taiwan.  The research analyzed data from nearly 17,000 individuals in Taiwan as part of Taiwan's 2001 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).While past studies ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in News