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Tuberculosis


  • Review Casts Doubt on Screening Air Passengers for TB Infection
    The World Health Organization (WHO)’s international guidelines for the control of tuberculosis in relation to air travel require (after a risk assessment) the tracing of passengers who sat for longer than eight hours in rows adjacent to people with pulmonary ...More
    February 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Majority of TB Patients Do Not Complete Therapy
    New research shows that less than half of patients starting treatment for latent TB infection (LTBI) actually complete therapy. Researchers from several major medical institutions, including Boston University School of Public Health, found that at 32 clinics in the United ...More
    February 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Research Team Discovers TB Disease Mechanism and Molecule to Block It
    Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have identified a mechanism used by the tuberculosis bacterium to evade the body's immune system and have identified a compound that blocks the bacterium's ability to survive in the host, which could lead to new drugs to ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Road Mapping Could be Key to Curing TB
    The complex chain of metabolic events in bacteria that lead to fatal diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) may be better understood using mathematical models, according to an article published in the February issue of Microbiology Today. Scientists at the University of Surrey ...More
    February 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Each Pound at Birth Lowers Risk of Developing TB
    Just one more pound may help a newborn avoid tuberculosis later in life. Researchers at the University of Michigan looked at how much protection additional birth weight added against developing the disease years later. They found that every 1.1 pounds of birth weight ...More
    January 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Casts Doubt on Provocative Tuberculosis Theory
    The tuberculosis bacterium is an insidious germ that can lie dormant for many years, then suddenly emerge and cause potentially fatal disease. Earlier this year, researchers in Sweden proposed a provocative explanation: TB bacteria have the ability to turn into dormant, ...More
    December 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Tuberculosis Strain That Thrives on Antibiotic
    Scientists have identified a strain of antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis that thrives in the presence of rifampin, a front-line drug in the treatment of tuberculosis. The bacterium was identified in a patient in China and is described in a study by researchers at the Johns ...More
    December 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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