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2011-08-10 18:15:52

Press release from PLoS Medicine Despite being widely available for sale in low-and-middle income countries, commercial serological tests used to detect active tuberculosis (by identifying antibodies to the tuberculosis-causing bacterium in a blood sample) do not accurately diagnose TB and, furthermore, often test positive when the patient does not have TB (false positive) and test negative when the patient actually has TB (false negative). In addition, as shown in India, the use of such...

2011-07-25 02:00:00

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new policy recommendation released on 20 July by the World Health Organization (WHO) warns against the use of serological (blood) tests to diagnose active tuberculosis (TB). Serological tests measure antibodies to TB in serum and are different to QuantiFERON, which measures responses of white blood cells to TB specific proteins. Active tuberculosis occurs when the TB organism has overcome the body's immune defences and proliferates...

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2011-07-18 06:05:00

Blood tests commonly used to detect tuberculosis can be unreliable and potentially dangerous to patients, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) warning issued on Sunday. According to Frank Jordans of the Associated Press (AP), "The U.N. health agency said it will issue an unprecedented recommendation against using such tests for the infectious lung disease that affects some 14 million people worldwide. As much as a third of the world's population is thought to harbor the bacteria...

2011-07-10 18:20:00

VENLO, The Netherlands and MELBOURNE, Australia, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - QIAGEN increases offer to shareholders of Cellestis Limited (CST:AU) pursuant to scheme of arrangement - Cellestis board of directors unanimously support[1] amended proposal offering its shareholders a 7% increase to A$3.80 per share from original offer of A$3.55 - Acquisition would provide QIAGEN with exclusive access to...

2011-04-03 18:00:00

VENLO, Netherlands and MELBOURNE, Australia, April 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt, Prime Standard: QIA) has reached an agreement to acquire Cellestis Limited (CST: AU) for approximately A$341 million (US$355 million) in cash, providing QIAGEN with access to a novel "pre-molecular" technology that offers a new dimension in disease detection not currently possible with other diagnostic methods. The acquisition of Cellestis, a publicly listed, profitable...

2010-06-24 15:37:00

VALENCIA, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new and important guidelines on the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB). In these landmark guidelines, CDC advises that Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood tests are now preferred over the 100+-year-old tuberculin skin test (TST) for diagnosing TB infection in certain populations, including people...

2010-04-06 08:05:00

VALENCIA, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- New data from a meta-analysis of existing literature published today in CHEST, the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, demonstrate that Interferon Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) are superior to the previous standard in diagnostics, the 100+-year-old tuberculin skin test (TST), for detecting confirmed active Tuberculosis (TB) disease. This was especially true when the IGRAs, both QuantiFERON®-TB Gold (QFT),...

2008-08-28 06:01:10

MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Students attending US colleges that require tuberculosis (TB) testing will now benefit from interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA) such as QuantiFERON(R)-TB Gold (QFT(TM)), with the release of update TB testing guidelines from the American College Health Association (ACHA). In the past, students would have been tested with the tuberculin skin test (TST) which is known to suffer from false-positive results due to cross-reactivity with BCG vaccine...

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2008-07-31 15:20:00

By Britton Broun & Kelly Burns Faster diagnosis and better screening of immigrants could have prevented New Zealand's largest tuberculosis epidemic, which went undiagnosed for five months, a review says. More than 1800 pupils and adults were tested after the outbreak of tuberculosis at Palmerston North Boys High School in late 2006, costing the health system more than $279,000. The epidemic spread from a 13-year- old Korean boy who had moved to New Zealand with his family four years...

2008-07-15 12:00:15

By Buff, Ann M Deshpande, Swati J; Harrington, Theresa A; Wofford, Taylor S; O'Hara, Timothy W; Carrigan, Kenichi; Martin, Nicholas J; McDowell, Jackie C; Ijaz, Kashef; Jensen, Paul A; Lambert, Lauren A; Moore, Marisa; Oeltmann, John E ABSTRACT Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) was diagnosed in a sailor aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan; an investigation was conducted to determine a screening strategy for 1,172 civilian passengers who were aboard during a temporary guest rider program. Sailors were...


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