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2011-08-17 12:19:16

Published in Journal of Applied Microbiology Researchers have discovered a faster, cheaper method for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). A major barrier in TB prevention, especially in developing countries, is that diagnosis is slow and costly. Dr Olivier Braissant and his colleagues have developed a method which could potentially decrease the time taken to make a diagnosis. Their method is also cheaper than the current fastest methods. This research has been published today in the Society...

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2011-08-12 05:37:32

A report published in the September issue of the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases indicates that two men contracted a rare bacterial skin infection from a tattoo parlor in Seattle, WA. This infection is typically found only in immune suppressed individuals. The infection, called Mycobacterium haemophilum, is in the same family as those that cause tuberculosis and leprosy. Researchers indicate that symptoms include small bumps at the site of infection, redness, pain, swelling and...

2011-08-01 16:45:39

Azithromycin is an antibiotic that also has antiinflammatory properties. It is these antiinflammatory properties that are thought to account for the improvement in clinical outcome observed when patients with chronic lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis are treated long-term with azithromycin. However, a recent study indicated that azithromycin treatment in patients with cystic fibrosis is associated with increased infection with nontuberculous mycobacteria, a serious complication in such...

2011-08-01 16:03:14

New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that lack of expression of innate immune system receptor may play a critical role in the immune response to mycobacterial infections Are you genetically predisposed to tuberculosis? Scientists may now be able to answer this question and doctors may be able to adjust their therapeutic approach based on what they learn. That's because new research presented in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology (http://www.jleukbio.org) suggests...

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2011-04-28 10:40:00

Leprosy cases reported in the US only number around 150 per year and the majority of these cases can be attributed to travel to places such as Angola, Brazil and India. However, Scientists have identified a source for some of the unexplained cases that appear in the southern US - the nine-banded armadillo. DNA samples were taken from 33 wild armadillos in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Armadillos are one of the very few mammals that can carry the bacteria causing the...

2011-04-28 07:27:19

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals a new strain of leprosy has surfaced in the Southern United States. Leprosy is a chronic, mildly contagious disease of tropical and subtropical regions with a long and extensive history. Until the 20th century, infected people were ostracized from society or at best segregated and cared for in isolated leper colonies. Today, the disease is entirely curable through multidrug therapy, though tissue damage...

2011-04-12 14:32:44

The discovery of two genes that encode copper- and sulfur-binding repressors in the hospital terror Staphylococcus aureus means two new potential avenues for controlling the increasingly drug-resistant bacterium, scientists say in the April 15, 2011 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. "We need to come up with new targets for antibacterial agents," said Indiana University Bloomington biochemist David Giedroc, who led the project. "Staph is becoming more and more multi-drug resistant,...

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2011-03-25 08:25:00

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fell short of its goal of eradicating tuberculosis (TB) by the year 2010, health officials told AFP recently, despite the number of reported cases being at an all-time low. The CDC publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found 11,181 known cases of the airborne and highly contagious disease in the US last year, a 3.9 percent drop from 2009. Tuberculosis is caused by the mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium and usually attacks...

2011-03-21 07:15:00

RICHMOND, Va., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Insmed Incorporated (Nasdaq: INSMD), a biopharmaceutical company, announced today that the Company's Investigational New Drug Application (IND) to conduct a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of ARIKACE(TM) (liposomal amikacin for inhalation) in nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung infections has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2010, Insmed initially submitted a regulatory filing to FDA requesting clearance to...

2011-02-18 16:05:50

Nele Festjens and Nico Callewaert of VIB and Ghent University have improved the efficacy of the vaccine for tuberculosis. The new vaccine affords - as already proven in mice - better protection against the disease. The development of a new tuberculosis vaccine is a priority in the fight against the disease which claims the lives of 1.7 million people each year. The current vaccine provides only partial protection. Nico Callewaert: "Our vaccine is more effective because it is more quickly...


Latest Mycobacterium Reference Libraries

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2011-04-25 16:19:14

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is a pathogenic bacterial species in the genus Mycobacterium and the causative agent of most cases of tuberculosis. Robert Koch first discovered it in 1882 and that it had an unusual, waxy coating on the cell surface which makes them impossible to Gram stain. M. tuberculosis is highly aerobic and requires high levels of oxygen. It generally infects the respiratory system of mammals. Tuberculin skin test, acid-fast stain, and chest radiographs are the most...

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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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