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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...

2006-05-19 14:25:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Leaders of the G8 group of rich countries should take the lead and fill a funding gap in the global battle against tuberculosis, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday. Dr Wieslaw Jakubowiak, WHO's TB Control Programme Coordinator in the Russian Federation, urged the G8 heads of state to set an example at their July summit in St Petersburg by backing action to tackle the illness that kills about 2 million people a year. A...

2006-03-16 19:09:20

LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization unveiled a new strategy on Friday to fight tuberculosis, an infectious disease that kills about 1.7 million people worldwide each year. The strategy, which aims to expand existing treatment programs, improve diagnosis and prevent co-infection with HIV/AIDS, underpins the WHO's $56 billion global plan launched in January to halve TB prevalence and death rates and save 14 million lives by 2015. "The new Stop TB Strategy injects new...

2004-11-27 03:00:10

Laboratorians have been on the front lines in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) ever since Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus in 1882. The bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M tuberculosis) has a high concentration of lipids in the cell wall, which makes it the ultimate survivor. It is impermeable to stains and dyes, resistant to many antibiotics, resistant to killing by acidic and alkaline compounds, resistant to osmotic lysis via complement deposition,...


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