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2008-07-23 21:00:14

Tuberculosis occurs most often in the United States in residents born in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, researchers say. Dr. Kevin P. Cain of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta examined the 46,970 cases of TB disease reported from 2001 to 2006 among foreign-born people in the United States. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found 12,928 cases, or 28 percent, were among those in the United States less than two years....

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2008-07-23 00:30:00

A study released Tuesday found that foreign born residents have higher rates of tuberculosis, compared to Americans, where rates have declined in the United States. The study calls for more aggressive action. Researchers suggested improved screening efforts among emigrants entering the U.S. from high-risk countries, who accounted for 4,035 TB cases in the United States in 2006. Residents from lower Africa and parts of Southeast Asia had the highest rates of TB. The majority of drug-resistant...

2008-07-22 09:00:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said Asian nations had failed to rein in the rapid growth of highly lethal, drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis ( TB) and warned that the disease could soon become a serious threat to the region as a whole. Only one percent of the estimated 150,000 people with multi- drug- resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in WHO's Western Pacific Region, which covers East Asia and the Pacific, are getting appropriate treatment, the Manila-based WHO regional...

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2008-07-16 08:10:00

Researchers have found that diabetes may be to blame for more than 10 percent of the tuberculosis cases in India and China. The study found that having diabetes raised a person's chances of getting active TB regardless of where they live. The risk rises roughly three-fold compared to people without diabetes, the researchers wrote in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston studied data on 1.7 million people from 13...

2008-07-15 09:00:16

By Rob Sharp For years, cases of tuberculosis were falling in Britain - now they're rising. Rob Sharp meets a City high-flyer whose nagging cough turned out to have a sinister cause When hard-working City hot-shot Carl Liebel developed a cough one morning, he thought that he would work through it, like always. The last thing he expected was to take many months off work, having contracted an infectious disease more commonly associated with the developing world. But little did he know...

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...

2008-07-01 06:00:04

By Steve Sternberg Rapid DNA tests that can save thousands of lives by cutting delays in diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis from two months to two days will be rolled out in 16 countries fighting twin epidemics of HIV and TB, health officials said Monday. Current TB tests are more than a century old. The new tests, which apply DNA "fingerprinting" techniques to TB for the first time, mean that patients who show evidence of TB infection can now be tested and treated quickly rather...

2008-06-24 12:03:10

The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) and the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) announced today a five-year research collaboration designed to yield new medicines for TB, including drug-resistant TB. The partnership is a milestone toward the development of faster TB drug regimens that treat all forms of TB, are easier for patients to complete, and can be used safely in patients with HIV/AIDS. "Since the NITD's establishment in 2002, its core strategy has...

2008-06-17 03:00:10

By Chang, Kwok C Leung, Chi C; Yew, Wing W; Lau, Tat Y; Tam, Cheuk M Rationale: Relatively little is known about the hepatotoxicity of pyrazinamide. Objectives: We compared continuation-phase regimens incorporating pyrazinamide, isoniazid, and/or rifampin with those containing isoniazid and rifampin to evaluate the hepatotoxicity of pyrazinamide. Methods: Cohort and nested case-control analyseswere conducted on a cohort of 3,007 patients with active tuberculosis (TB) managed at government...

2008-06-17 03:00:10

By Cohen, Ted Colijn, Caroline; Wright, Abigail; Zignol, Matteo; Pym, Alexander; Murray, Megan The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease/ World Health Organization Global Project on Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Surveillance recently released the fourth global survey, which documents the highest burden of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) yet reported. The best estimate of the number of new cases of multidrug-resistant disease occurring in 2006 is close to half a...


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