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Tuberculosis Vaccine Fails Infant Trial
2013-02-04 14:42:30

[ Watch the Video: Discussing New Tuberculosis Vaccine Trials ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new vaccine considered to be the most advanced for tuberculosis (TB) among more than a dozen now in trials has failed its study. Researchers said they were disappointed by the results of the study, which showed that the vaccine offered little to no protection at all from TB. Nearly 3,000 babies in South Africa took part in the study, all of whom had already been...

2013-01-31 14:59:28

A diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) can accurately and quickly detect both TB and drug-resistant strains, according to a new study. The authors of a new systematic review assessing the diagnostic accuracy of the Xpert® MTB/RIF test published in The Cochrane Library say their study can provide timely advice for clinicians and policymakers in countries where TB is a major public health problem. Millions of people develop TB every year. Around 13% of cases occur in people living with...

2013-01-28 13:52:49

Vanderbilt biochemists have discovered that the process bacteria undergo when they become drug resistant can act as a powerful tool for drug discovery. Their findings — reported this week in the Online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — should give a major boost to natural products drug discovery — the process of finding new drugs from compounds isolated from living organisms — by substantially increasing the number of novel...

2013-01-17 13:38:06

A 48-week course of antiretroviral medication taken in the early stages of HIV infection slows the damage to the immune system and delays the need for long term treatment, according to research published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the delay was only marginally longer than the time already spent on treatment. The study, the largest clinical trial ever undertaken looking at treating people with recent HIV infection, also suggests that the treatment lowers the...

2013-01-16 22:24:40

It is well known that COPD patients run a higher risk of contracting respiratory infections. However, a new thesis from Lund University in Sweden shows that they are also at higher risk of other bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis (TB) and pneumococcal and staphylococcal infections that can cause serious illness. The abbreviation COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and the disease makes it difficult for patients to breathe. However, the disease affects other organs...

Researchers Identify Respiratory Ailments Using Simple Breath Test
2013-01-11 09:12:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists said a simple breath test could diagnose infections in the respiratory system based on a study identifying the chemical ℠fingerprints´ that are given off by certain bacteria that are present in the lungs. Publishing the new findings in today´s issue of the Journal of Breath Research, the researchers said they have successfully distinguished between different types of bacteria, as well as different...

2013-01-11 05:01:48

In a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, a research team headed by Dr. Paul Wheeler from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA, Weybridge, UK) reported breakthrough progress in understanding the metabolic and phenotypic properties of the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its close relative, Mycobacterium bovis. Hayward, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2013 In a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, a research team headed by Dr. Paul Wheeler from the...

FDA Approves New Tuberculosis Drug
2013-01-01 04:43:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Johnson & Johnson announced on Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug for patients with tuberculosis who do not respond to other treatments. The company said that the drug is the first one in 40 years to tackle the disease using a new methodology, by blocking an energy producing enzyme that tuberculosis bacteria needs to survive. The FDA approved the drug on Monday following a positive review...


Latest tuberculosis Reference Libraries

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2011-04-25 16:19:14

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is a pathogenic bacterial species in the genus Mycobacterium and the causative agent of most cases of tuberculosis. Robert Koch first discovered it in 1882 and that it had an unusual, waxy coating on the cell surface which makes them impossible to Gram stain. M. tuberculosis is highly aerobic and requires high levels of oxygen. It generally infects the respiratory system of mammals. Tuberculin skin test, acid-fast stain, and chest radiographs are the most...

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2011-04-18 22:11:24

Mycobacterium bovis is a slow-growing, aerobic bacterium and the causative agent of tuberculosis in cattle. Similar to M. tuberculosis, M. bovis can jump the species barrier and cause tuberculosis in humans. It is estimated that M. bovis was responsible for more losses among farm animals than all other diseases combined in the first half of the 20th century. Infection happens after bacterium is ingested. It is generally transmitted to humans via infected milk. Actual human infections are...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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