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2010-06-23 13:48:19

Press release from PLoS Medicine A large, systematic postmortem study carried out in South Africa by Ted Cohen and colleagues has revealed that 94% of deceased patients were HIV infected and 50% had culture-positive tuberculosis at the time of death. These data, which reveal that the toll of tuberculosis in young people (age 20-45) in KwaZulu-Natal is higher than we previously thought, are published this week in the open access medical journal PLoS Medicine. Every year, nearly 10 million...

2010-06-11 13:49:44

When applied to HIV care, the community-based model of directly observed therapy (DOT) has no effect on virologic outcomes, but significantly improves patient survival. This is according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with colleagues at University of Cape Town, South Africa, who conducted the first randomized controlled trial of patient-nominated treatment-supporters providing partial DOT in resource-limited settings. The researchers...

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2010-06-07 14:35:00

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health finds links between mining and the spread of tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa. The study analyzed data from 44 sub-Saharan African countries and found that the greater the mining production, the higher the country's incidence of TB. The research concluded that as many as one-third of new TB cases "” 750,000 cases annually "” may be attributable to mining. "We have long known that the conditions on the mines "” both...

2010-05-19 14:18:06

According to a paper published today in the Lancet, there is unprecedented progress in the development of the global tuberculosis (TB) drug pipeline with 10 drug candidates currently in clinical development. The paper was written by a team of renowned international experts led by Zhenkun Ma, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer for the TB Alliance, a not-for-profit organization accelerating the discovery and development of new TB drugs. The article, published as part of the Lancet's Series on...

2010-05-17 07:01:58

HIV-infected patients who are falsely diagnosed as having tuberculosis (TB) have higher rates of mortality than those who are correctly diagnosed with the disease, according to a study conducted by researchers at University of California-San Francisco and Makerere University-Kampala. "Among HIV-infected persons with suspected TB, falsely diagnosing persons with TB by rapid testing was associated with increased mortality when compared with the group of patients who received the correct...

2010-05-03 08:00:00

NEW YORK and BANGALORE, India, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) and AstraZeneca announced today at the 2010 BIO International Convention that they have entered into a research collaboration agreement to accelerate the discovery, development and clinical use of drugs against tuberculosis (TB), including drug resistant strains of the disease. One in five patients with TB are resistant to at least one of today's standard first-line TB drugs...

2010-04-06 14:00:00

HAYWARD, Calif. and SHANGHAI, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- MicuRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of antibiotics to treat drug-resistant bacteria, and Cumencor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the companies have entered a collaboration with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) to discover novel therapeutic agents to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Cumencor Pharmaceuticals is a China-based biotechnology company applying MicuRx's...

2010-03-30 13:58:06

DALLAS -- Two new tuberculosis studies by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers provide good news and bad news about the bacterium that infects nearly a third of the world's population and a disease that kills nearly 2 million people each year. The good news: A type of blood pressure medication shows promise at overcoming some drug-resistant tuberculosis, at least in the laboratory. The bad news: The Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium, which causes the disease, might be resistant to...

2010-03-24 13:09:00

American Lung Association in California Commemorates World TB Day by Supporting Efforts to Eradicate this Devastating Disease LOS ANGELES, March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement has been released by Jane Warner, President and CEO, American Lung Association in California: Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a serious public health threat in the U.S. with nearly 13,000 TB cases reported during 2008. While this is the lowest recorded number of cases since the U.S. began...

2010-03-23 11:59:00

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What: A Senate briefing, Bringing Established Methods to Scale: New Perspectives in the Changing World of TB, to discuss TB and drug-resistant TB, including multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively-drug resistant (XDR-TB), the impact on global health and the current state of surveillance, diagnosis and treatment around the world. Who: Co-hosts include the Global Health Council, American Thoracic Society, Stop TB Partnership and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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