Tuberculosis


  • Gains in TB Control at Risk Due to 3 Million Missed Patients, Drug Resistance Challenges
    Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, according to the WHO "Global Tuberculosis Report 2013" published today. The report also reveals that the number of people ill with TB fell in 2012 to 8.6 million, with global TB deaths also ...More
    October 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Insights Into How TB Tricks the Immune System Could Help Combat the Disease
    Researchers have identified a potential way to manipulate the immune system to improve its ability to fight off tuberculosis (TB). TB is a major problem for both humans and cattle and the new findings could help scientists to create better drugs to combat the disease in ...More
    October 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Southern Nevada Health District Investigating Tuberculosis Exposure in Hospital NICU
    The Southern Nevada Health District is currently investigating a tuberculosis exposure that occurred via a patient within Summerlin Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) this past summer. Hospital management and staff have fully cooperated with every step of the ...More
    October 8, 2013 Posted in News
  • McMaster University Lab Develops New Tuberculosis Vaccine
    A tuberculosis vaccine developed at McMaster University offers new hopes for the global fight against tuberculosis. "We are the first to have developed such a vaccine for tuberculosis," says Dr. Fiona Smaill, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Molecular ...More
    October 2, 2013 Posted in News
  • A New Strategy to Stop the TB Bacterium
    To stay ahead in the race against drug-resistant infections, scientists constantly search for and exploit vulnerabilities in deadly bacteria. Now, researchers from Brown and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a novel compound to exploit an Achilles’ heel in ...More
    September 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Virtual Monitoring Could Aid Adherence to TB Medication
    Virtual observation of patients taking their prescribed tuberculosis (TB) medication could prove an effective technique for ensuring patients effectively complete their course of treatment. The research was presented on Sept. 8, 2013 at the European Respiratory Society ...More
    September 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Rapid Diagnostic Tests Decrease Waiting Time for Drug-Resistant TB Patients
    Results of a new study suggest that three new diagnostic tests could each be used to successfully diagnose drug resistance in tuberculosis (TB) patients in a quarter of the time taken by the current method. The research, presented Sept. 8, 2013 at the European Respiratory ...More
    September 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Complete Genome Sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
    BGI, in collaboration with Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other Chinese institutes, have completed the genome sequencing of 161 Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The study published online in Nature Genetics provides an invaluable resource for ...More
    September 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • TB and Parkinson's Disease Linked by Unique Protein
    A protein at the center of Parkinson’s disease research now also has been found to play a key role in causing the destruction of bacteria that cause tuberculosis, according to scientists led by UC San Francisco microbiologist and tuberculosis expert Jeffery Cox, PhD. The ...More
    September 5, 2013 Posted in News
  • Multiple Mutations Often Needed to Make TB Bacteria Drug-Resistant
    Tuberculosis (TB) drug resistance is not an all-or-none phenomenon, according to new research from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Rather, TB-causing bacteria often accumulate mutations in a step-wise fashion, with the initial mutation having minimal impact but ...More
    September 4, 2013 Posted in News