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TB screening, treatment program working to decrease caseload in Kenya

 

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Childhood TB: Forgotten but not gone

Tuberculosis (TB) in children is often a neglected issue, in terms of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring prevalence. The best numbers we have are from the World Health Organization (WHO), according to Mandy Slutsker of ACTION, an international partnership of global health advocates. The WHO reported in 2009 that every year more than 1 million children get infected and about 176,000 die as a result. However, since most cases go unreported, the numbers are likely much higher, she said.

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QIAGEN, MPIIB partner to develop latent TB diagnostic test

  • Collaboration to create molecular test assessing a person's risk for latent TB progressing to active TB, enabling early treatment and disease outbreak prevention
  • QIAGEN strengthening its leading infectious disease portfolio with development of DNA-/RNA-based test that complements QuantiFERON-TB Gold test for latent TB
  • New assay will use whole blood transcription profiling - a new diagnostic technology developed at the Max Planck Institute's Department of Immunology
  • New molecular test to be run on the QIAsymphony modular automation platform

 

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Aeras and CNBG sign agreement on tuberculosis vaccine R&D

ROCKVILLE, MD, USA/BEIJING, CHINA, January 10, 2012 – The global fight against the tuberculosis epidemic receives a boost today as Aeras and the China National Biotec Group (CNBG) announce that they have reached final agreement to jointly develop new tuberculosis (TB) vaccines. The agreement between the leading non-profit developer of TB vaccine candidates and the largest biotechnology corporation in China signals a commitment by both to engage and strengthen the role of China in the fight against one of the world’s deadliest infectious disease killers.

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Sign on to letter regarding TB-HIV at AIDS 2012

This letter is meant to help ensure greater attention is paid to TB-HIV at this year’s International AIDS Conference. The Joint Program Committee for the Conference will be meeting again in Washington on January 18th. You can send the name of your group to David Bryden (Stop TB Advocacy Officer, RESULTS) at: dbryden@results.org.

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Incurable TB strain detected at Hinduja

For the first time in India, 12 people have been detected with totally drug resistant lung tuberculosis (TDR-TB), a condition in which patients do not respond to any TB medication, at PD Hinduja Hospital in Mahim. The mortality rate for this strain of the infectious disease is 100%.

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Tuberculosis still prevalent in Turkey

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to pose a threat to Turkish society, according to a statement from the undersecretary of the Ministry of Health.

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Deadly tuberculosis stalks Europe

GENEVA, Switzerland – On the sidelines of a conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, just three months ago, a senior health official from Belarus met privately with Mario Raviglione, whose job here at the World Health Organization’s headquarters is to control the spread of tuberculosis around the world.

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Tuberculosis in the Philippines: 10 things you should know

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by bacteria that usually affect the lungs. These bacteria, called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, can be passed on to another person through tiny droplets spread by coughing and sneezing. Even the accidental spread of saliva through laughing, singing, and spitting can pass on the TB bacteria.

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Chemistry trick renews hope against killer diseases

As infections such as tuberculosis have become immune to an ever widening range of antibiotics, doctors have looked on helplessly. Now a chemist at the University of Copenhagen has pioneered a novel way to battle multidrug resistant bacteria. By tweaking a well known psychoactive drug he revitalizes worn-out drugs like sulpha and penicillin.

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