Tuberculosis


  • Pre-Kindergarten TB Testing Not Cost-Effective, UCSF Study Finds
    The healthcare system in California could save nearly $1.3 million a year with few adverse public health effects if it discontinued universal tuberculosis skin testing of children entering kindergarten, according to a new study by researchers at the University of ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News
  • AMA to Support Increased Resources for TB Control
    The American Medical Association (AMA) today voted to support federal legislation to increase resources for global and domestic tuberculosis (TB) control. “About one-third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis, and drug resistant strains of TB are ...More
    June 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • World Health Organization Releases New Plan to Contain Drug-Resistant TB
    GENEVA -- Hundreds of thousands of cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) can be prevented and as many as 134 000 lives saved through the implementation of a two-year response plan, published/launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership. ...More
    June 27, 2007 Posted in News
  • Treatment Outcomes of Patients with HIV and Tuberculosis
    In a retrospective study of 700 patients with culture-positive tuberculosis (TB), relapse rates were found to be significantly higher in HIV-infected patients compared to HIV-uninfected patients following a rifamycin-based regimen. Furthermore, TB relapse rates were higher ...More
    June 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Extremely Drug Resistant TB a Growing Problem in India
    Extremely drug resistant TB, or XDR-TB, is a serious problem in India, according to a study presented May 21 at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference. The study, the first in India to look at the prevalence of XDR-TB, found this type of TB accounts for ...More
    May 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • BD and FIND Announce Expanded Collaboration to Improve Tuberculosis Diagnostics Worldwide
    BD and FIND announce expanded collaboration to improve tuberculosis diagnostics worldwide. (PRNewsFoto/Becton, Dickinson and Company) FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., and GENEVA – BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, and FIND (Foundation for ...More
    March 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • WHO to Issue New Data on Global Tuberculosis Epidemic
    Tuberculosis is one of the world's leading infectious killers, second only to HIV/AIDS. The 2007 WHO Global TB Control Report, to be issued on Thursday, March 22, updates the current trends on the airborne disease, with all the very latest data from nearly 200 countries. In ...More
    March 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Blood Tests for TB Show Exposure to Disease While Tuberculin Skin Tests Do Not
    Two new interferon-gamma blood test assays to detect latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) showed customers were exposed to a supermarket employee in Holland who had smear-positive tuberculosis, while traditional tuberculin skin tests (TST) did not, according to a large ...More
    March 16, 2007 Posted in News
  • Smoking May Be a Risk Factor for Tuberculosis
    Smoking appears to increase the risk of becoming infected with tuberculosis and the risk for the development of active disease upon infection, according to an analysis of previously published research in the February 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. About ...More
    February 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Research May Overturn Conventional Wisdom on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
    A newly released study suggests that the majority of cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) among patients undergoing treatment for the disease may be due to new infections, not acquired resistance. If confirmed in future studies the research, in the March 15 issue of ...More
    February 20, 2007 Posted in News