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2008-07-02 06:00:14

By DeRiemer, Kathryn De Jong, Bouke C The estimated 9.2 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB) and 1.7 million annual deaths from TB during 2006 are a bleak reminder that new, creative strategies are needed to prevent and controlTB worldwide (1). For the past 15 years, molecular epidemiologic techniques have been used to identify clusters of TB cases whose isolates have identicalDNAfingerprints or genotypes, indicating recent transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (2). In this issue of...

2008-07-02 00:00:06

By Kounteya Sinha NEW DELHI: Diagnosing multi drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) will now take just two days' time. In a major announcement on Monday, the World Health Organisation decided to make widely available a path-breaking rapid molecular diagnostic tool that will generate TB test results in two days flat. Currently, standard tests take up to three months. This is why only 2% of MDR-TB cases worldwide are being diagnosed and treated appropriately. Speaking to TOI from...

2008-07-01 09:00:04

By FRANK JORDANS By Frank Jordans The Associated Press GENEVA A new test to quickly diagnose drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis will be rolled out in four African countries this year, the World Health Organization said Monday. The DNA-based test will cut the time it takes to detect multi- drug resistant TB from up to four months to a matter of hours, the director of WHO's tuberculosis program said . Dr. Mario Raviglione said testing is currently "one of the major bottlenecks"...

2008-07-01 06:00:04

By Steve Sternberg Rapid DNA tests that can save thousands of lives by cutting delays in diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis from two months to two days will be rolled out in 16 countries fighting twin epidemics of HIV and TB, health officials said Monday. Current TB tests are more than a century old. The new tests, which apply DNA "fingerprinting" techniques to TB for the first time, mean that patients who show evidence of TB infection can now be tested and treated quickly rather...

2008-06-24 12:03:10

The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) and the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) announced today a five-year research collaboration designed to yield new medicines for TB, including drug-resistant TB. The partnership is a milestone toward the development of faster TB drug regimens that treat all forms of TB, are easier for patients to complete, and can be used safely in patients with HIV/AIDS. "Since the NITD's establishment in 2002, its core strategy has...

2008-06-17 03:00:10

By Chang, Kwok C Leung, Chi C; Yew, Wing W; Lau, Tat Y; Tam, Cheuk M Rationale: Relatively little is known about the hepatotoxicity of pyrazinamide. Objectives: We compared continuation-phase regimens incorporating pyrazinamide, isoniazid, and/or rifampin with those containing isoniazid and rifampin to evaluate the hepatotoxicity of pyrazinamide. Methods: Cohort and nested case-control analyseswere conducted on a cohort of 3,007 patients with active tuberculosis (TB) managed at government...

2008-06-17 03:00:10

By Cohen, Ted Colijn, Caroline; Wright, Abigail; Zignol, Matteo; Pym, Alexander; Murray, Megan The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease/ World Health Organization Global Project on Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Surveillance recently released the fourth global survey, which documents the highest burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) yet reported. The best estimate of the number of new cases of multidrug-resistant disease occurring in 2006 is close to half a...

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2008-02-27 10:18:47

Officials at the World Health Organization issued a report on Tuesday claiming that their survey of over 90,000 TB patients in 81 countries revealed that the drug-resistant form of tuberculosis is spreading faster than expected. The WHO said that the rate of infection is currently over 20 percent in some countries. In Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, almost a quarter of all new TB cases are multi-drug resistant."Ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable to see rates like this," said Dr. Mario...

2007-05-30 12:00:12

By Brian Knowlton Public health officials on Tuesday urged the passengers and crew of two recent trans-Atlantic flights to get checked for tuberculosis, after learning that a man with an exceptionally drug- resistant form of the disease had flown on the planes. The man, an American who was not identified, flew on May 12 from Atlanta to Paris aboard Air France Flight 385, then traveled on May 24 from Prague to Montreal aboard Czech Air Flight 410 before driving back to the United States, the...

2006-08-08 12:24:15

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More people are getting tuberculosis because of AIDS and more die of AIDS because of TB, yet doctors fail to recognize the respiratory disease in AIDS patients and governments do little about it, according to a report released on Tuesday. Sexier topics like avian flu get immediate attention while 2 million people die every year of tuberculosis, and 9 million become infected, according to the report from the Open...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
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