Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

IJTLD June 2019 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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Beware the Global Fund procurement cliff

Safeguarding supply of affordable quality medicines and diagnostics in context of risky transitions and co-financing.

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Management of active TB in adults with HIV

A review of TB management in people living with HIV, published in The Lancet HIV, provides a summary of the current state of the science.

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TB: This pee test could save your life

What if diagnosing South Africa’s deadliest disease was as simple as taking a drug store pregnancy test? That day might be closer than you think.

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Thailand develops new TB-Lamp rapid test kit for TB

The department's medical scientist team has developed the rapid TB-Lamp test kit for five years based on the WHO Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (Lamp) method.

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ICMR launches third phase trial for adult TB vaccine

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on July 15, 2019 said it has launched the third-phase trials for an anti-Tuberculosis vaccine that could be administered to anybody aged six years and above. Current BCG vaccines is only for neonates.

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Scientists figure out molecular mechanism behind latent TB

Tuberculosis infection results in approximately nine million new cases worldwide every year. TB-causing bacterium can remain dormant in human body for a long time, even for several decades before it becomes infectious. The bacterium remains ensconced within a type of white blood cells called macrophages, when it is in its latent form.  

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WHO and the Indonesian Ministry of Health convene over 200 global youth in historic Town Hall to End TB

Over 200 young people from all over the world pledged their commitment to end TB at the first-ever Youth Town Hall on ending TB in Jakarta on July 15, 2019. Through a bold Youth Declaration on the Fight to End TB, youth representatives including from high TB burden countries such as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya and the Philippines, outlined key commitments and actions they would lead to accelerate efforts to end TB. The declaration is aligned to and will contribute to reaching the targets set in the political declaration of the UN High Level Meeting by Heads of State, the WHO End TB Strategy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The threat of TB in India requires an interdisciplinary, patient-centric response

It’s been a few years but I clearly remember a visit to a chest ward in a hospital in Patna. Tuberculosis patients, their faces emaciated, lay on their beds, staring, coughing, in despair. These impoverished people had spent years and almost all of their savings on their treatment. A few of them, I was told by the hospital staff, had been abandoned, as their families could no longer afford the treatment.

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New blood test for human TB may also identify people most at risk

A new study conducted by researchers in Leicester and Nottingham has shown the potential for a new blood test to not only diagnose human tuberculosis (TB) but also identify those at most risk of developing the disease, according to findings published in medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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