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2013-10-03 04:20:03

Tsukuba, Japan, Oct 3, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - More than a century after the identification of organisms that cause tuberculosis (TB), this disease remains a global public health challenge. According to World Health Organization estimates, there were 8.7 million new cases in 2011 and 1.4 million deaths. Most new cases occur in developing countries that lack the facilities and trained personnel required for early detection of TB.In a new study, published in the journal Science and Technology...

2013-09-25 20:22:11

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Fund's Fourth Replenishment Conference will be hosted by the United States in Washington D.C. in early December 2013, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced today. Convened once every three years, the conference will secure funding for 2014-2016, enabling the Global Fund to support programs in countries that fight AIDS, TB and malaria effectively, and to save the lives of millions of people. Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Chair...

2013-09-23 23:32:49

Immunitor company announces publication of a successful clinical trial in 43 patients with tuberculosis who were given daily pill of therapeutic vaccine containing heat-killed Mycobacterium vaccae. The study, which is the first installment of two-part study, was published in September issue of Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics journal. Vancouver, BC, Canada (PRWEB) September 23, 2013 One-month Phase II trial was conducted in sputum smear-positive patients with pulmonary tuberculosis...

2013-09-09 08:46:15

Virtual observation of patients taking their prescribed TB medication, could prove an effective technique for ensuring patients effectively complete their course of treatment. The research will be presented today (8 September 2013) at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress. The new study suggests an alternative method to directly observed treatment (DOT), which is recommended by the World Health Organization. Directly observing treatments is often time consuming for a...

2013-09-09 08:42:31

Results of a new study suggest that three new diagnostic tests could each be used to successfully diagnose drug resistance in tuberculosis (TB) patients in a quarter of the time taken by the current method. The research, presented today (8 September 2013) at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Barcelona, has provided evidence that each test could be used as an effective alternative to standard testing, increasing the possibilities open to clinicians. Drug...

2013-09-02 19:17:09

Adapting tools of evolutionary biology to study the epidemiology of outbreaks reveals 39 new genes implicated in drug resistance For years, physicians around the world have watched as strain after strain of the deadly bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis evolves resistance to drugs. Over the last few decades researchers have used the tools of molecular biology to identify a handful of individual mutations that allow TB to withstand many of the key therapeutics that doctors use to treat...

2013-08-28 08:25:49

Revolutionary Tuberculosis Test Brings Accurate, Faster Results to Broader U.S. Market SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cepheid (NASDAQ: CPHD) today announced the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has categorized Cepheid's Xpert(®) MTB/RIF test as 'Moderate Complexity' under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). Xpert MTB/RIF is designed for the rapid molecular detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTB-complex) DNA and, in specimens where...

Microneedle Patch Could Be Surefire Way To Diagnose Tuberculosis
2013-08-27 10:07:47

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Engineers from the University of Washington (UW) have developed what they believe to be an accurate and effective skin test for diagnosing tuberculosis. Current tests are difficult to administer and can often yield inaccurate results. Using a patch with an array of embedded microneedles, doctors and nurses could one day administer a tuberculosis (TB) test as easily as they could place a bandage on a small wound. Doctors, teachers...

2013-08-21 23:01:49

More than 20,000 people in Pakistan are being tested for the potentially deadly stage of tuberculosis using a new strategy developed at UC Davis Health System to effectively detect the disease in children for the first time. Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2013 More than 20,000 people in Pakistan are being tested for the potentially deadly stage of tuberculosis using a new strategy developed at UC Davis Health System to effectively detect the disease in children for the first time. At...

2013-08-21 14:28:27

More than 20,000 people in Pakistan are being tested for the potentially deadly stage of tuberculosis using a new strategy developed at UC Davis Health System to effectively detect the disease in children for the first time. At least 600 million people in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are infected with the tuberculosis bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  Each year at least three million people reach the potentially deadly stage called active TB. The condition is treatable with...