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  • XDR-TB: Deadlier and More Mysterious Than Ever
    New research has found that XDR-TB is increasingly common and more deadly than previously known. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is a growing public health threat that is only just beginning to be understood by medical and public health officials. Patients ...More
    November 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • Persistent Bacterial Infection Exploits Killing Machinery of Immune Cells
    A new study reveals an important and newly discovered pathway used by disease-causing bacteria to evade the host immune system and survive and grow within the very cells meant to destroy them. This discovery may lead to new treatments and vaccines for tuberculosis (TB) and ...More
    November 3, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Report Finds Rising Risk of Infectious Diseases in U.S.
    WASHINGTON – The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) released a new report today, “Germs Go Global: Why Emerging Infectious Diseases Are a Threat to America,” which finds that at least 170,000 Americans die annually from newly emerging and re-emerging ...More
    October 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Shed Light on Immune System Suppression
    New work reported in the Oct. 16 issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe.from researchers at the Scripps Institute Work could aid development of new treatments for infectious diseases such as HIV, measles and tuberculosis. The study described the suppression of this ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Research Identifies Promising Vaccine Against TB
    ST. LOUIS -- Researchers are one step closer to finding a vaccine that better protects against tuberculosis. An investigational vaccine for TB tested at Saint Louis University appears likely to offer significantly better protection against the potentially fatal disease than ...More
    October 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • 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