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  • Study Finds Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Lung Disease on the Rise in the U.S.
    Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are environmental organisms found in both water and soil that can cause severe pulmonary disease in humans. Pulmonary NTM is on the rise in the United States, according to a large study of people hospitalized with the condition.A ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Test Quickly Identifies Active TB in Smear-Negative Patients
    Active tuberculosis (TB) can be rapidly identified in patients with negative sputum tests by a new method, according to European researchers. Active TB is the seventh-leading cause of death worldwide, and while the diagnosis of active TB can be rapidly established when the ...More
    September 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB Patients Can Reduce Transmissibility by Inhaling Interferon Through a Nebulizer
    A new study published in the Sept. 15, 2009, issue of PLoS ONE found that patients with cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis receiving anti-TB medications supplemented with nebulized interferon-gamma have fewer bacilli in the lungs and less inflammation, thereby reducing the ...More
    September 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Say It’s Time to Revise TB Treatment Guidelines
    Tuberculosis is a global threat that affects more than 10 million people each year. Working with colleagues in the United States and France, Dr. Dick Menzies of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has placed current tuberculosis treatment ...More
    September 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find TB-Prevention Therapy Is Cost-Effective Option
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have found that the cost of preventive antibiotic tuberculosis (TB) therapy for patients infected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is generally less expensive than the reported cost of treating newly confirmed TB ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Uncovers How Tuberculosis Agent Survives on Fatty Acids
    Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have discovered a key mechanism behind the survival instinct of tuberculosis. TB is the leading cause of death in the world from a single bacterial infection, and it kills 1.5 million people per year. The ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Smoking Increases Risk of Developing Active TB
    Smoking is a risk factor for active tuberculosis (TB) disease, according to a new study on TB incidence in Taiwan.  The research analyzed data from nearly 17,000 individuals in Taiwan as part of Taiwan's 2001 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).While past studies ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Misuse of Common Antibiotic is Creating Resistant TB
    Use of a common antibiotic may be undercutting its utility as a first-line defense against drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Fluoroquinolones are the most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics in the U.S. and are used to fight a number of different infections such as ...More
    August 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Tuberculosis Blood Test Is Often "Indeterminate" in Children
    A new type of blood test for tuberculosis (TB) has important limitations for use in children—especially very young children and those with abnormal immune function, reports a study in the August issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Two accompanying ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Higher Drug Doses Needed to Defeat Tuberculosis
    The typical dose of a medication considered pivotal in treating tuberculosis effectively is much too low to account for modern-day physiques, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers say. The finding, reported online and in the August edition of Antimicrobial Agents and ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News