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2006-04-06 18:11:09

LONDON (Reuters) - The BCG vaccine against childhood tuberculosis is cost-effective and should be used in countries with a high incidence of the disease, researchers said on Friday. There has been debate in the medical and scientific community about the widespread use of BCG and its role in countries which do not have high infection rates. But an analysis of the impact and cost of the vaccine in different regions of the world showed it is particularly effectively in southeast Asia,...

2006-03-23 15:10:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Years ahead of having a new product, a foundation set up to develop a tuberculosis vaccine opened its first factory on Thursday. The Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation cut the tape on a research and production facility in Rockville, Maryland, that Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jerald Sadoff predicts will be able to produce 150 million doses of vaccine a year -- perhaps eventually 300 million a year. Sadoff is not disturbed...

2005-08-26 19:19:38

The vaccine has been licensed to the Vakzine Projekt Management who will test it in clinical trials early 2006. The responsible mechanisms for the high efficacy of this vaccine has now been deciphered (Journal of Clinical Investigations, August 18, 2005). Globally, tuberculosis remains the number one killer in adults. Moreover, multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis strains are on the rise which cannot be treated by first-line drugs. A vaccine against tuberculosis, termed BCG is available which,...

2005-08-01 13:31:23

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Tuberculosis vaccines being tested in developed countries will not protect people living in parts of the developing world where they are most needed because they trigger a different body response, researchers said on Monday. Scientists at University College London (UCL), who looked at variations in immune system responses around the globe, found that in countries near the equator the tuberculosis bacteria turn the body's normal protective response into...

2005-06-30 09:02:40

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After surgery for superficial bladder cancer, treatment with a mistletoe extract appears to be effective at reducing tumor recurrence, German researchers report. Mistletoe extract could be a potential alternative postoperative therapy for treating patients with superficial bladder cancer successfully, "without the typical side effects induced by other therapies," Dr. Ursula Elsaesser-Beile from the University of Freiburg, told Reuters Health....

2004-11-26 03:00:09

Extrapulmonary involvement can occur in isolation or along with a pulmonary focus as in the case of patients with disseminated tuberculosis (TB). The recent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic has resulted in changing epidemiology and has once again brought extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) into focus. EPTB constitutes about IS to 20 per cent of all cases of tuberculosis in immunocompctent patients and accounts for more than 50 per cent...

2004-11-25 03:00:15

As children acquire infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis from adults in their environment, the epidemiology of childhood tuberculosis (TB) follows that in adults. While global burden of childhood tuberculosis is unclear, in developing countries the annual risk of tuberculosis infection in children is 2- 5 per cent. Nearly 8-20 per cent of the deaths caused by tuberculosis occur in children. It has been suggested that BCG vaccination is responsible for decrease in the occurrence of...


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2011-04-18 22:11:24

Mycobacterium bovis is a slow-growing, aerobic bacterium and the causative agent of tuberculosis in cattle. Similar to M. tuberculosis, M. bovis can jump the species barrier and cause tuberculosis in humans. It is estimated that M. bovis was responsible for more losses among farm animals than all other diseases combined in the first half of the 20th century. Infection happens after bacterium is ingested. It is generally transmitted to humans via infected milk. Actual human infections are...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'