Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

ASCP collaborates to open new TB testing center in Swaziland

To combat the deadly combination of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) decimating its population, a new TB testing center opened on Jan. 26, 2012, in Mbabane, Swaziland. It is a collaboration of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), University Research Corporation, and Doctors Without Borders. The facility, with high technology laboratory equipment, access control, and computerized laboratory to match the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO), is housed within the five-story National Reference Laboratory.

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Combating childhood tuberculosis

Will improving efficiency and efficacy of tuberculosis control programs within health care facilities help the world meet 2015 targets set by the Millennium Development Goals, the Global Plan to Stop TB, and the country programs, or is a paradigm shift necessary in the basic principles of TB control?

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SA scientist wins R5m for TB research

Senior research scientist and unit head of the Wits Centre of Excellence for biomedical TB Research Dr Bhavesh Kana, has won a R5m grant for research interventions to speed up TB diagnosis.

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Interactive website launched for World TB Day campaign

21 February - Geneva - The Stop TB Partnership has launched a new interactive website where people around the world can make their own personal calls to stop TB in their lifetimes.

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Lives in the balance: The urgent need for HIV and TB treatment in Myanmar

Bangkok, Thailand 22 February 2012 – In a report released today Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the largest provider of HIV treatment in Myanmar (1), highlights the critical need for increased HIV and Tuberculosis (TB), including multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), treatment in the country.

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South Korea's legacy battle with tuberculosis

Yun Yeo-jin, a South Korean college student engulfed in his computer engineering studies, had never given much thought to tuberculosis. He assumed it was a disease which plagued poor countries. Then, at 22, he was diagnosed with the pulmonary disease early in 2008.

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MEPs raise the alarm on tuberculosis

Members of the European Parliament have asked the Commission to clarify their efforts to fight tuberculosis. Sir Graham Watson and Catherine Bearder of the ALDE group, both also asked special attention for the investment model that TBVI has proposed to the EU.  

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Doctor fears closing tuberculosis clinics for PNG patients

A Queensland doctor says Papua New Guinea's (PNG) health system is not ready to take over treatment of its own tuberculosis patients.

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Tuberculosis researchers find answer to 30-year-old puzzle

After three decades of searching, the random screening of a group of compounds against the bacterium that causes tuberculosis has led scientists to a eureka discovery that breaks through the fortress that protects the bacterium and allows it to survive and persist against treatments.

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Old antibiotic could be a new weapon to fight tuberculosis

A cheap and safe antibiotic that is widely available in the developing world might have a new use as a tuberculosis (TB) treatment, according to new research.

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