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Tuberculosis


  • What Happened to the TB Vaccine?
    A team of VanderbiltUniversityMedicalCenter investigators has cracked one of clinical medicine's enduring mysteries – what happened to the tuberculosis vaccine. The once-effective vaccine no longer prevents the bacterial lung infection that kills more than 1.7 million ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Needed to Curb Spread of XDR-TB Among Healthcare Workers
    Healthcare workers in South Africa are at a significantly increased risk of developing extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in a trend which threatens to further exacerbate the already beleaguered healthcare systems in sub-Saharan countries, according to results ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • NIH Grants Will Strengthen Fight Against HIV/AIDS-Tuberculosis
    The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health today announced it will award $11.75 million over five years in grants to institutions to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Haiti, Uganda and China and establish a new program in ...More
    April 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibacterial Spray for First Responders Now Available in Europe
    Union Springs Pharmaceuticals, LLC today announced the European distribution of its flagship product, MyClyns, a portable spray that is designed to eliminate 99.99 percent of many harmful pathogens and help prevent infection. European first responders and public safety ...More
    April 16, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Chicago Doctor May Have Exposed Patients, Staff to TB
    CNN.com is reporting that a first-year pediatric resident in Chicago who was diagnosed with a confirmed case of tuberculosis, may have exposed hundreds of staff members and patients at three local hospitals. Public health officials have offered to test the exposed ...More
    April 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Vaccine for the Infected? New TB Vaccine Clears Important Hurdle
    An urgently needed new tuberculosis vaccine cleared a vital step in testing, an important advance at time when one-third of the world’s population is believed to be have latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), which, when re-activated, can cause full-blown disease.The ...More
    April 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Ministers to Accelerate Efforts Against Drug-Resistant TB
    BEIJING -- Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.Global leaders, including WHO director-general Dr. ...More
    April 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Team Identifies Molecular Switch Linking Infectious Disease and Depression
    Animal sciences professors Robert Dantzer, Jason O'Connor and Keith Kelley (left to right) found that IDO is essential to the process by which chronic inflammation induces depression. Researchers at the University of Illinois report that IDO, an enzyme found throughout ...More
    March 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Slow-Growing TB Bacteria Point the Way to New Drug Development
    The discovery of a large number of slow-growing Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause tuberculosis (TB), in the lungs of TB patients could be an important step forward in the design of new anti-TB drugs. Until now it was thought that M. tuberculosis bacteria in ...More
    March 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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