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2013-09-19 10:27:10

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis may have an Achilles’ heel: It needs a particular enzyme to survive. Inhibiting that enzyme’s function, researchers have shown, will kill the bacteria, pointing toward a design strategy for new TB drugs. To stay ahead in the race against drug-resistant infections, scientists constantly search for and exploit vulnerabilities in deadly bacteria. Now, researchers from Brown and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

2013-09-13 23:02:31

Statement from the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and For Malaria in response to UNICEF report on child survival progress. New York, NY (PRWEB) September 13, 2013 Statement from the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and For Malaria noting that despite great progress, we must accelerate pace by 4X to achieve MDG 4: “Today UNICEF released its progress report on child mortality, Committing to Child Survival: A...

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...

Origins Of Tuberculosis Traced To Humans 70,000 Years Ago
2013-09-03 05:21:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Despite previous research suggesting that tuberculosis originated in animals just 10,000 years ago, scientists have now traced the origin of the illness back to humans living in Africa at least 70,000 years ago. According to BBC News science reporter Julie Gould, an international team of researchers “combined geographic and genetic data from 259 strains of TB to reconstruct its evolutionary history and compare it to the origins...

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...

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...


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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