Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

Historic challenges remain in TB fight

What do George Orwell, Frederic Chopin and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have in common?

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Children and tuberculosis: Hidden epidemic

Although virtually no public or political attention is paid to it as a public health issue, tuberculosis remains among the top 10 killers of children worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 176,000 children have died, but the consensus among researchers says that actual figures are higher. In 2009 alone, at least 1 million children became sick with TB.

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Reichman: “TB has always been ignored and forgotten”

In advance of World TB Day (Saturday, March 24) Science Speaks sat down with tuberculosis (TB) expert Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH, founding executive director of the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, to discuss the spread of drug-resistant TB and what he thinks are the most promising advances coming down the scientific pipeline.  Dr. Reichman has published more than 200 articles, scientific reviews and book chapters focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, control, regimen adherence and epidemiology of and advocacy for TB. He also co-authored the book Timebomb: The Global Epidemic of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis with Janice Hopkins Tanne in 2002.

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New vaccine strategy to advance solutions for TB

Against a backdrop of growing concern about the impact of tuberculosis on children, top scientific experts today published a global plan of action for developing the vaccines that are seen as critical to eliminating the disease.

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Drug-resistant "white plague" lurks among rich and poor

LONDON (Reuters)- On New Year's Eve 2004, after months of losing weight and suffering fevers, night sweats and shortness of breath, student Anna Watterson was taken into hospital coughing up blood.

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New TB treatment options on horizon

After nearly 50 years, the drug development pipeline for new tuberculosis (TB) treatments is finally opening up again, according to infectious disease specialists.

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USAID releases report to Congress on U.S. Government international foreign assistance for tuberculosis

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its annual report to Congress on U.S. Government (USG) international foreign assistance for tuberculosis (TB) control.

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China's Ministry of Health reports about 900,000 cases of active TB in 2011

"About 900,000 cases of active tuberculosis (TB) were discovered and treated [in China] in 2011, including 423,000 infectious cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced Monday at a press conference," Xinhua reports. "Xiao Donglou, a health inspector from the MOH, said at the press conference that China improved its ability to prevent and control TB last year, focusing on HIV/TB co-infections and cases of TB among the country's migrant population," noting "1,701 HIV/TB co-infections were reported last year, as well as 51,682 cases of TB among the migrant population," the news agency writes.

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TB Alliance launches combination drug trial, establishes new pathway to TB and MDR-TB treatment

Goal is to find new treatment that takes months, not years, and cures multiple forms of tuberculosis.

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India: Experts find link between TB and diabetes

CHENNAI: People with tuberculosis have high chances of becoming diabetic, just as people with diabetes are at a higher risk of contracting tuberculosis, experts said here on Saturday. Ahead of the DRC Gold Medal Oration 2011 organised by MV Hospital for Diabetes, WHO department of chronic diseases and health promotion responsible officer Dr Gojka Roglic said with 61.3 million diabetics, India has the second largest population of diabetics after China, where there are 90 million diabetics.

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