• New Blood Tests for TB Show Exposure to Disease While Tuberculin Skin Tests Do Not
    Two new interferon-gamma blood test assays to detect latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) showed customers were exposed to a supermarket employee in Holland who had smear-positive tuberculosis, while traditional tuberculin skin tests (TST) did not, according to a large ...More
    March 16, 2007 Posted in News
  • Smoking May Be a Risk Factor for Tuberculosis
    Smoking appears to increase the risk of becoming infected with tuberculosis and the risk for the development of active disease upon infection, according to an analysis of previously published research in the February 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. About ...More
    February 26, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Research May Overturn Conventional Wisdom on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
    A newly released study suggests that the majority of cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) among patients undergoing treatment for the disease may be due to new infections, not acquired resistance. If confirmed in future studies the research, in the March 15 issue of ...More
    February 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Gates Grant Funds Global Tuberculosis Database Development at Stanford
    STANFORD, Calif. -- Tuberculosis is one of the oldest and most prevalent diseases known to man, yet some of the workings of this clever bacterium remain largely a biological black box. A partnership led by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine hopes to ...More
    February 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • 90 Health, Faith, Antipoverty Groups Send Letter Urging Congress to Increase Funding for AIDS, TB and Malaria
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- -- Ninety global health, faith and antipoverty groups called on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to increase funding for AIDS, malaria and TB programs, including the Global Fund, in the continuing resolution for FY 2007. Without an ...More
    January 12, 2007 Posted in News
  • Bad Bugs
    In much of life, change is a good thing. But a glaring exception exists — pathogens that continually mutate, creating resistance to the very pharmaceuticals designed to kill them. Their very nature is unfixed, mutable. Certain of these continually stand at the front of the ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Gluten Intolerance Quadruples Susceptibility to Tuberculosis
    People who are gluten intolerant run four times the risk of developing active tuberculosis (TB) infection, suggests research published in the journal Thorax. Gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, is a chronic inflammatory condition of the small bowel, caused by an ...More
    October 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • Faster, More Accurate Tuberculosis Test is Developed
    Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Imperial College London, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima, Peru, and other institutions have developed a simple and rapid new tuberculosis (TB) test. The test, called ...More
    October 11, 2006 Posted in News
  • Worldwide Warning of Highly Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
    New forms of highly drug-resistant tuberculosis are emerging and action must be taken soon before they become widespread globally, says an editorial in this week’s British Medical Journal (BMJ). The authors say that urgent action is needed to implement effective ...More
    September 18, 2006 Posted in News
  • World Health Organization Concerned About Resistant Strains of TB
    GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the emergence of virulent drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB) and is calling for measures to be strengthened and implemented to prevent the global spread of the deadly TB strains. This follows ...More
    September 5, 2006 Posted in News