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Tuberculosis


  • New Discovery Gives TB Vaccine a Shot in the Arm
    A new article appearing in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology may lead to improvements in the efficacy of the current tuberculosis vaccine. Specifically, a team of Italian researchers discovered a new role for type I interferon, in which it improves ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Using PDAs to Track TB Data
    For patients who have drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis, it's critical to monitor the disease as closely as possible. That means monthly testing throughout a two-year course of powerful antibiotics, with injections six days a week for the first six months.Keeping track ...More
    February 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • How to Evaluate Respirators
    ICT introduces a new, regular column in which members of industry suggest strategies for the evaluation and purchasing of infection prevention and control products. This month we take a look at respirators. Participants: — Grant Rowe, product manager for respiratory ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • New Treatment Option for Latent Tuberculosis
    Patients who are infected with the latent form of tuberculosis (TB) show no symptoms and are not contagious, yet they pose the biggest challenge when it comes to controlling the disease. The latest study by Dr. Dick Menzies of the Research Institute of the McGill University ...More
    January 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • EPA Accepts New Claims for a PDI Germicidal Wipe
    Professional Disposables International, Inc. (PDI), a leading manufacturer of pre-moistened wipes for healthcare, recently received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acceptance to include three additional microorganisms to Super Sani-Cloth® Germicidal Disposable ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Tuberculosis Bacteria Co-Opt Body's Defenses to Gain Foothold
    Tuberculosis bacteria can commandeer the body's defenses in the early stages of infection and redirect them for their own offensive strategies, according to results reported today in the scientific journal Cell.The dense granulomas characteristic of TB were originally ...More
    January 9, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Global Health Should be Key Component of U.S. Foreign Policy
    The U.S. should significantly intensify its commitment to global health in the next four years by increasing funding and placing greater importance on health when setting overall U.S. foreign policy, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine written to inform the ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Experimental TB Drug Explodes Bacteria from the Inside Out
    An international team of biochemists has discovered how an experimental drug unleashes its destructive force inside the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). The finding could help scientists develop ways to treat dormant TB infections, and suggests a strategy for drug ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Report Shows Growing Industry Effort on “Most Neglected” Diseases
    The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) has published a new edition of its Status Report on Pharmaceutical Industry R&D for Diseases of the Developing World. The new report shows that the number of medicine and vaccine ...More
    November 21, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Declining Number of Cases of XDR-TB
    CHICAGO – A new report suggests that the number of cases of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in the U.S. has declined in the past 15 years, but new cases continue to be reported, according to the study published in the Nov. 12 issue of JAMA. The ...More
    November 13, 2008 Posted in News