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2009-09-23 08:11:13

Active tuberculosis can be rapidly identified in patients with negative sputum tests by a new method, according to European researchers. Active tuberculosis (TB) is the seventh-leading cause of death worldwide, and while the diagnosis of active TB can be rapidly established when the bacteria can be identified on sputum microscopy, in about half of all cases, the TB bacterium cannot be detected, making another diagnostic option critical in efforts to control the spread of TB. The findings from...

2008-10-03 00:00:06

U.S. researchers have determined that Mycobacterium tuberculosis has learned through evolution to coat itself with a sugar called mannose. This sugar makes the bacterium attractive to cells in the lungs that are looking to clean up and discard unwanted sugar in the body. Those lung cells absorb the TB bacteria, giving the infecting bacteria a place to live for the long term, Ohio State University researchers said. "The bug sugarcoats itself and creates this magical interaction that allows...

2008-09-22 12:00:38

Medical Acoustics LLC, a commercial-stage medical device company which employs acoustic technologies for diagnostic and therapeutic medical applications, today announced that the tuberculosis (TB) study of its innovative and easy to use pulmonary device, the Lung Flute(R), conducted by Dr. Akira Fujita, and Dr. Kengo Murata at Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchu Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, has been accepted for a presentation at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress on October 6th 2008, in...

2008-09-16 09:00:15

AN inmate at Saughton Prison is understood to have been diagnosed with tuberculosis. It is believed he has now been isolated from other prisoners as he is treated for the lung disease. Reports say he began to feel unwell in the jail's Hermiston Hall and was then later tested positive for the condition. A Scottish Prison Service spokesman said: "We can confirm an inmate has tested positive for TB." Symptoms of the disease include fever, sweats, loss of appetite and fatigue. TB is...

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...

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2008-03-07 11:00:00

A new blood test could enable doctors to rule out tuberculosis (TB) infection within days rather than weeks, according to a new study published this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.The study, by researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Oxford, shows that doctors can determine that a patient does not have tuberculosis with 99% accuracy when using the new blood test, ELISpot-Plus, in conjunction with a skin test known as tuberculin skin testing, already in...


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