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Tuberculosis


  • 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
  • TB 'Tracker' to Speed Drug and Vaccine Studies
    Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a novel way to monitor in real time the behavior of the TB bacterium in mouse lungs noninvasively pinpointing the exact location of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The new monitoring system is expected to speed up what is currently a ...More
    July 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Standard to Protect Against Infectious Airborne Diseases is First in the Nation
    The nation’s first standard to safeguard workers from the spread of airborne diseases has been approved by California’s Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State. With full support from labor and management stakeholders, on May 21 the ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News