Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

IJTLD March 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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New WHO recommendations to accelerate progress on TB

WHO issues new guidance to improve treatment of multidrug-resistant TB.

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Nigeria to expand diagnosis and treatment of TB

As part of its bold step in finding missing Tuberculosis (TB) cases, the National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli-Ulcer Control Programme (NTBLCP) of the Federal Ministry of Health is rapidly expanding TB diagnostics and treatment services to move sites across the country.

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Promising diagnostics for detecting latent TB revealed

A collaboration between the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, Mayo Clinic, and the University of Michigan are introducing a new machine-learning-driven approach to latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI) diagnostics. While leveraging a high throughput detection technology and powerful bioinformatics, this approach aims to reveal multi-marker signatures for LTBI diagnosis and risk stratification.

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TGen and ABL pursue global rollout of advanced TB test

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., and LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg — March 18, 2019 — In an important step toward eradicating tuberculosis (TB), the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, has signed a licensing agreement with an international biomedical firm, Advanced Biological Laboratories (ABL), to market and distribute TGen’s patented Next Generation Sequencing based TB test technology.

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TB infections hit 90,000 a year in Uganda, overtake HIV rates

Kampala, 19 March 2019: A new national survey shows that 89,000 Ugandans get infected with tuberculosis (TB) every year, surpassing the 50,000 who contract HIV annually.

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TB deaths in Mumbai fall by 24% in 3 years: BMC

Dr Daksha Shah, Mumbai’s TB officer, attributed the decrease in the number of fatalities to better patient services in diagnosis and treatment.

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UN approves five sanctions exemptions for humanitarian aid to North Korea

Approval sees return of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to North Korea after four-year absence.

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WHO/Europe: New expert group on DR-TB to support more and better national research for treatment of resistant forms of TB

WHO has facilitated the creation of a new expert group on drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) to support Member States in improving their research on treatment. The areas of focus of the group, part of the WHO European Tuberculosis Research Initiative (ERI-TB), were agreed at a planning meeting in Vienna, Austria, on 22 February 2019.

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After the UNGA High-Level Meeting on TB — what next and how?

A comment published in The Lancet Global Health reflects on the global TB response and what the next steps are after the UN High-Level Meeting on TB in September 2018.

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