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Sustaining tuberculosis decline in the UK

In a comment published in The Lancet Bilaal Adam, Paul Cosford, Sarah Anderson and Ibrahim Abubakar comment on the sustained action that is needed to maintain the recent gains in TB control in the UK.

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Reducing global tuberculosis deaths—time for India to step up

In a comment published in The Lancet Madhukar Pai, Natasha Correa, Nerges Mistry and Prabhat Jha comment on the factors contributing to India's enormous TB death toll and what needs to be done.

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Opinion pieces, statements recognize World TB Day


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PLOS Tuberculosis Channel launched

The Channel features articles on all topics relevant to TB research and aims to showcase the most up-to-date research to assist various stakeholders in the fight against TB.

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New test for TB could save thousands of lives

A new urine-based test‚ similar to those used to determine pregnancy‚ being used to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) could save thousands of lives in SA. Researchers from the University of Cape Town found that the TB-LAM urine test was a "simple and inexpensive" way to test for TB among hospitalised patients with HIV.

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British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

British scientists have made a world-first breakthrough in the diagnosis of tuberculosis.

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Regardless of the WHO snafu, TB should be a priority in the global AMR response

On 27 February, the WHO published a list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens." The first of its kind, this list is intended to promote research, discovery and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s efforts to address the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and respond to an urgent public health need.  The hope is that the list will catalyse governments to incentivize basic science and advanced R&D.

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TB epidemiologiy: Bangladesh, Nigeria, the Philippines, Burundi, Portugal

Articles present the current epidemiological situation of TB in BangladeshNigeria, the Philippines, Burundi and Portugal.

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FATE: the new partnership to Fight Against TB in Central and Eastern Europe

Central and Eastern Europe is a hotspot for drug-resistant TB and most countries in the region face similar threats and opportunities.

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Antibiotic research priorities: ready, set, now go

When faced with a medical emergency and limited resources, triage is essential. Deciding where needs are greatest helps to focus attention and provoke action, in line with a utilitarian aim of maximising gains and minimising harms for the greatest number of people. The importance of setting priorities applies equally to a global emergency as to a local one. With the threat of antimicrobial resistance now recognised at the highest political levels, WHO has compiled a list of pathogens on which research and development of new antimicrobials should be focused.

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