• 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
  • Teen Researcher Seeks a Better Way to Treat Tuberculosis
    In a Johns Hopkins chemical engineering lab, Britni Lonesome learned to fabricate and test polymer disks that release a medicine used to treat tuberculosis. Photo by Will Kirk/JHU While still a senior in high school, a Baltimore teenager toiled 10 hours a week in a Johns ...More
    August 31, 2006 Posted in News
  • 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