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2012-09-20 02:28:47

PARIS and NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) announced today a new research collaboration agreement to accelerate the discovery and development of novel compounds against tuberculosis (TB), a deadly infectious disease that resulted in almost 1.5 million deaths worldwide(1) in 2010. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110616/NY20158LOGO ) Under the agreement, Sanofi and...

2012-03-27 02:27:31

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX) and FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics) have announced a new collaboration to promote access to early and accurate diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) among HIV-infected patients and other vulnerable populations in India, a country that accounts for nearly 25 percent of TB cases globally. The 18-month program will focus on increasing the number of accurately...

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...

2011-07-13 13:11:06

Press release from PLoS Medicine Two studies by a team of researchers led by Luis E. Cuevas and Mohammed Yassin from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and jointly coordinated with Andrew Ramsay at WHO-TDR Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases are published in this week's PLoS Medicine. The studies have important implications for the ways in which diagnosis for the endemic infectious disease, tuberculosis (TB), can be done in poor countries. One study...

2011-07-13 07:16:20

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Two new methods to diagnosing tuberculosis, an endemic infectious disease, can be used in poor countries. One study suggests that less sputum tests collected the same day of consultation are needed and the other suggests that a faster laboratory test can be used while maintaining the same level of accuracy for diagnosis. Both studies show that alternative, less labor-intensive tests that are more convenient for patients could be effectively used in poorer...

2011-05-05 13:11:10

Big and messy, but a necessary partner in stopping the TB epidemic Tuberculosis (TB) is widely considered a public health concern and its treatment a public sector responsibility. But according to a study published today in the journal PLoS ONE, the private sector for TB treatment is ignored at our peril. Across 10 high-burden countries, there is as much TB drug volume in the private sector as in the public sector"”and at least a third of all private sector dosages of first-line TB...

2008-08-26 15:00:18

By Aggarwal, Deepak Mohapatra, P R; Rekha, V V Banu; Balasubramanian, R; Swaminathan, S; Ramachandran, R; Rahman, F; Sundaram, V; Thyagarajan, K; Selvakumar, N; Adhilakshmi, A R; Iliayas, S; Narayanan, P R Sir, Banu Rekha and colleagues' in their study found that at the end of intensive phase of tuberculosis treatment among sputum positive cases, the smear conversion rates were 58, 61, 62 per cent and culture conversion 86, 88 and 92 per cent respectively. Also, the patients with HIV...

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...

2006-03-24 06:55:38

By Kamil Zaheer NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India, with the world's highest tuberculosis (TB) caseload, said on Friday it was making good progress in its grim battle against the infectious disease with a "dramatic surge" in the number of people being treated. In 2004, about 1.7 million people died across the globe due to the primarily respiratory disease of which around 370,000 deaths were in India alone. But the country has rapidly expanded its treatment coverage in the past eight years...

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...