Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Call for case studies focusing on programmatic innovations in TB prevention and care, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Program is collecting case studies to document innovative approaches and lessons learnt to improve provision of TB services in times of COVID-19. As a first step, WHO invites staff from national TB programs and technical partners engaged in this field to send a short one-page abstract of relevant activities via this form.

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Double therapy effective treating TB patients with C. diff

Relapses occurred in only 4 of 14 patients treated with the combination of Metronidazole with Vancomycin.

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The slow motion race for a TB vaccine

If the world had forgotten the importance of vaccines, COVID-19 has served as a stark reminder. Less than a year after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), over a hundred vaccine candidates are under development and several large clinical trials are already under way, including some in South Africa. It is plausible that a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be available within the next year or two, although only time and properly conducted trials will tell.

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A computational model to understand the dynamics of tuberculosis lesions within the lungs

The researchers of the Experimental Tuberculosis Unit of the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), led by Pere-Joan Cardona, have published the first results of a computational model that aims to reproduce the dynamics of tuberculosis lesions in a virtual lung. The model has been developed within the 3Rs Program of the Centre for Comparative Medicine and Bioimaging (CMCiB) of the IGTP, supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation.

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Machine learning uncovers potential new TB drugs

Computational method for screening drug compounds can help predict which ones will work best against tuberculosis or other diseases.

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WHO: Global TB progress at risk

Global TB Report 2020: Access to TB services remains a challenge; global targets for prevention and treatment will likely be missed without urgent action and investments.

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Taking a rights based approach to TB care to make India TB free

TB continues to impact the lives of over 28 lakh people, with 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease each year! Lack of awareness about TB, breeds and reinforces stigma and discrimination that acts as barriers to those who need to seek care.

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Policy brief: COVID-19 – the new reality of Ending Tuberculosis

A document, released by the TB Europe Coalition, in commemoration of the second anniversary of the signing of the UN Political Declaration on TB.

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IJTLD September 2020 issue now online

The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD) is the official publication of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

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COVID-19: The fascinating science of what happens in the lungs

People with COVID-19 and people with tuberculosis (TB) can experience similar symptoms such as coughing and breathing difficulties as both diseases affect the lungs. Exactly how these diseases affect the lungs, however, differs.

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