• Healthcare Workers with Positive TB Skin Test Should Receive Treatment
    As the number of foreign-born healthcare workers in the United States has risen, so has the potential for transmitting tuberculosis in healthcare settings. According to Vanderbilt infectious disease experts Timothy R. Sterling, MD, and David W. Haas, MD, treatment should be ...More
    July 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • British Researchers Say Tuberculosis Among Socially Excluded Groups Must be Addressed
    Tuberculosis can infect anyone, but predominantly affects the poor, write Alistair Story and colleagues. In London, where over 40 percent of all cases in the UK in 2004 were reported, rates of tuberculosis have more than doubled since 1987 and are now the highest among ...More
    July 7, 2006 Posted in News
  • WHO Updates Aviation Guidelines for TB Prevention
    Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) issued updated guidelines for the airline industry that will further minimize the risk of tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases being passed from passenger to passenger on board aircraft. The 'Tuberculosis and Air ...More
    July 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • U.S. Tuberculosis Cases at an All-Time Low in 2005, but Drug Resistance is Increasing, Surveillance Data Show
    The latest national surveillance data show that tuberculosis (TB) rates reached an all-time low in the United States in 2005, but progress to eliminate TB is slowing.(1) Furthermore, the increasing occurrence of drug-resistant TB, including extensively drug-resistant cases, ...More
    April 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • New International Standards for Tuberculosis Care Published on ATS and WHO Web Sites
    Led by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the World Health Organization (WHO), a consortium of international health agencies has published on the Web the first International Standards for Tuberculosis Care (ISTC). “The purpose of the ISTC,” said Philip C. Hopewell, MD, ...More
    March 24, 2006 Posted in News
  • WHO Launches New Stop TB Strategy to Fight the Global Tuberculosis Epidemic
    LONDON and GENEVA -- A new strategy to fight one of the world's leading killers - tuberculosis (TB) - was launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO). The new "Stop TB Strategy" addresses the current challenges facing countries in responding to TB -- how to ...More
    March 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • Texas, Brazilian Scientists Collaborate on Novel TB Vaccine
    The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3.4 million grant to the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) to study a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB), one of the leading killers of young adults worldwide, causing 3 million deaths annually. Dr. John ...More
    February 8, 2006 Posted in News
  • Ironing Out New Details of Tuberculosis Infection
    Scientists in India, led by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) international research scholar, have identified five key genes that enable Mycobacterium tuberculosis to acquire the iron it needs to sustain growth and promote infection. “Targeting genes within this ...More
    February 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • NIAID Researchers Show How Promising TB Drug Works
    Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have determined how a promising drug candidate attacks the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). Published online this week in Proceedings of the ...More
    December 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • Scientist Identifies Genetic Mutation Linked to TB
    Results from a study indicate that a small mutation in a particular gene increases a person’s odds of developing active tuberculosis, said Pedro Flores-Villanueva, MD, assistant professor of immunology at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler. “A large number of ...More
    December 19, 2005 Posted in News