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Tuberculosis


  • 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
  • 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