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2012-02-03 09:07:38

Tuberculosis patients may receive treatments in the future according to what version they have of a single 'Goldilocks' gene 'Goldilocks' gene could determine best treatment for TB patients Tuberculosis patients may receive treatments in the future according to what version they have of a single 'Goldilocks' gene, says an international research team from Oxford University, King's College London, Vietnam and the USA. This is one of the first examples in infectious disease of where an...

2012-01-17 17:25:00

Jerry Falwell was, for many, the face of Christianity in America. Although he was initially ambivalent about getting involved in politics, his controversial Moral Majority catapulted Falwell into the political arena during the paradigm-shifting 1980 election. Now in 'God's Right Hand,' journalist Michael Sean Winters unpacks the key moments of an unlikely life - one that intersected with prominent figures from Larry Flynt to Billy Graham, from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton - and its impact...

Drug Resistant TB Reported In India
2012-01-16 14:26:44

Indian doctors say they have seen the first case of a "totally drug-resistant tuberculosis" in the country. The Indian TB strain is mainly transmitted through close personal contact and is not as contagious as the flu. Most of the cases of this kind of TB were not from person-to-person infection but from mutations that occurred in poorly treated patients. The Indian doctors tested a dozen medicines on their patients who had the drug-resistant form of TB and none of them worked. A...

2011-12-29 09:40:35

A UT Southwestern Medical Center study using a sophisticated “glass mouse” research model has found that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is more likely caused in patients by speedy drug metabolism rather than inconsistent doses, as is widely believed. If the study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases is borne out in future investigations, it may lead to better ways to treat one of the world´s major infectious diseases. Health workers worldwide currently...

2011-12-10 01:17:10

In populations with a low prevalence of tuberculosis (TB), the majority of positives with the three tests commercially available in the U.S for the diagnosis of TB are false positives, according to a new study. "We compared commercially available tests for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in a diverse population with a low LTBI prevalence," said James Mancuso, MD, DrPH, of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Preventive Medicine Residency Program. "Our results suggest that in...

2011-12-10 01:15:55

The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis is significantly increased in mothers postpartum, suggesting a potential new population to target for screening, according to a new UK-wide cohort study. In the joint study between the Health Protection Agency and the University of East Anglia, researchers analyzed data on all women with pregnancies between 1996 and 2008 from the General Practice Research Database, which contains records from 460 practices across the UK, representing 5.5 percent...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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