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  • Scientists Discover Bacteria That Can Cause Bone Infections
    Scientists have discovered that a bone infection is caused by a newly described species of bacteria that is related to the tuberculosis pathogen. The discovery may help improve the diagnosis and treatment of similar infections, according to an article published in the ...More
    October 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • Gene With Probable Role in Human Susceptibility to Pulmonary Tuberculosis Identified
    A new gene that may confer susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis has been identified by Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) researchers and their collaborators in The Netherlands, Indonesia, United Kingdom, and the Russian Federation. In the current j PLoS Genetics, the ...More
    October 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • "Deadly Dozen" of Diseases Worsened by Climate Change
    Health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society today released a report that lists 12 pathogens that could spread into new regions as a result of climate change, with potential impacts to both human and wildlife health and global economies.Called “The Deadly ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • TB Uses its Sugar Coat to Sweeten its Chances of Living in the Lungs
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Common strains of tuberculosis-causing bacteria have hijacked the human body’s immune response to play tricks on cells in the lungs, scientists say. The results of this takeover are mixed. The cells essentially welcome the bacteria into the ...More
    September 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Insights Could Lead to a Better Pneumococcal Vaccine
    Discovery of a new, previously unknown mechanism of immunity suggests that there may be a better way to protect vulnerable children and adults against Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal) infection, say researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard School of ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • TB Drug Shows Promise Against Latent Bacteria
    A new study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has shown that an investigational drug (R207910, currently in clinical trials against multi-drug resistant tuberculosis strains) is quite effective at killing latent bacteria. This revelation suggests that R207910 may lead ...More
    September 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Clinical Trial for New Tuberculosis Vaccine Underway
    With 2 million deaths and 9 million new cases annually, there are more victims of tuberculosis than of any other infectious disease, apart from AIDS. To make the situation worse, many strains of tuberculosis are so resistant that they no longer respond to traditional ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Oral Vaccine May Protect Against Bubonic Plague
    Researchers from the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France used a less virulent ancestor to the highly infectious bubonic plague to develop a potentially safe, efficient and inexpensive live oral vaccine. They report their findings in the August 2008 issue of the journal ...More
    August 26, 2008 Posted in News
  • Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Found in California
    In the first statewide study of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) in the United States, California officials have identified 18 cases of the dangerous and difficult-to-treat disease between 1993 and 2006, and 77 cases that were one step away from XDR TB. The ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Comprehensive Treatment of Extensively Drug-Resistant TB Works
    By Judith Montminy The death sentence that too often accompanies a diagnosis of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) can be commuted if an individualized outpatient therapy program is followed – even in countries with limited resources and a heavy burden ...More
    August 7, 2008 Posted in News