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Tuberculosis


  • New Data Show TB-HIV Co-Infection a Bigger Threat
    The World Health Organization has released new data about the threat of tuberculosis and the toll it takes on people with HIV/AIDS today, in recognition of World TB Day. The TB-HIV co-infection crisis is twice as big as previously thought, the new WHO figures show. In 2007, ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • American Lung Association Recognizes 2009 World TB Day
    Stephen J. Nolan, chairman of the American Lung Association, made the following statement today:  “One hundred and five years after Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau founded our health organization and dedicated it to eradicating tuberculosis (TB), the American Lung ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB Vaccine is Developed
    McMasterUniversity researchers are about to launch Canada's first tuberculosis (TB) vaccine clinical trial with a vaccine totally designed, manufactured and tested within McMaster."The exciting thing for McMaster is that this is translational research that has gone from the ...More
    March 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB Breakthrough Could Lead to Stronger Vaccine
    A breakthrough strategy to improve the effectiveness of the only tuberculosis vaccine approved for humans provided superior protection against the deadly disease in a pre-clinical test, report scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Nature ...More
    March 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Combination Defeats Extensively Drug Resistant TB
    A combination of two FDA-approved drugs, already approved for fighting other bacterial infections, shows potential for treating extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), the most deadly form of the infection. This finding is reported by scientists from Albert ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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