CAP-TB News

22 August, 2017
There was a time when Chenai Mathabire read Vogue, watched beauty pageants on TV and fantasized about being a supermodel. Today she helps the sick and injured as a nurse and epidemiologist. Last month, the 35-year-old Zimbabwean received an International AIDS Society prize for showing that a... Read more
15 August, 2017
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced a $77 million investment in efforts to track and fight antibiotic resistance. The money will be distributed to public health departments in all 50 states and Puerto Rico to help them combat antibiotic resistant bacteria in... Read more
15 August, 2017
Tuberculosis has now surpassed HIV worldwide as the leading cause of death due to infectious disease. The bacteria that causes this disease, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), is quickly developing resistance to currently available antibiotics, increasing the urgency for discovery of new drugs.... Read more
8 August, 2017
Of the 10.4 million people who developed TB in 2015, 4.3 million cases were not diagnosed or notified and only one quarter of RR/MDR TB cases (132,000) were detected and reported. The underdiagnosis and underreporting of TB may be due to limited or delayed access to appropriate diagnosis and care... Read more
8 August, 2017
Isoniazid monotherapy, rifampicin monotherapy, and combination therapies can be efficacious for preventing active tuberculosis (TB) among adults and children with latent TB infection (LTBI), according to research published online Aug. 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read the full article... Read more
28 July, 2017
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) public health department will conduct a door-to-door active case finding (ACF) campaign for tuberculosis (TB) control. Starting from August 1, teams will visit households in over 70 areas identified by the civic body and look for people with symptoms... Read more
28 July, 2017
PETALING JAYA: Every year, more people die of tuberculosis (TB) than from dengue and HIV-related complications. There were 1,945 TB deaths from 25,739 cases last year, a 14.7% increase over 1,696 deaths from 24,220 cases in 2015, according to the Health Ministry. Malaysian health authorities are... Read more
24 July, 2017
Your high-end bathroom accessory may hold the cure for one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Researchers at the University of Central Florida and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation are working to isolate chemical extracts in sea sponges that could kill tuberculosis bacteria. The... Read more
24 July, 2017
In what is dual use of one machine, the contraption for testing drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB) is finding successful use in testing viral load for HIV patients, Indian researchers have discovered. Doctors at Kasturba Medical College (KMC) in Mangalore decided to put their GeneXpert machine,... Read more
14 July, 2017
Medecins Sans Frantieres and the Stop TB Partnership recently released Out of Step, a report on how governments can better adhere to the World Health Organization's guidelines to end tuberculosis.   Read the full report here: http://www.msf.org/sites/msf.org/files/out_of_step_2017_report1.pdf
14 July, 2017
Brian VanderVen, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, along with colleagues at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered a key metabolic mechanism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) bacteria, which could lead to new drugs for treating tuberculosis. The findings are... Read more
7 July, 2017
The magnitude of India’s tuberculosis (TB) crisis is staggering. The country has the largest burden of tuberculosis globally, with an estimated 2.8 million cases, and TB is the number one cause of death among its citizens. Recent signs suggest that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi... Read more
30 June, 2017
A bug that infects people with cystic fibrosis may yield a treatment for TB.  Read the full article here: https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21723816-bug-infec...
30 June, 2017
  Tuberculosis has killed many more Indians in a year than decades of insurgencies and incidents of sectarian violence. Of the 10.4 million people in the world who had TB in 2015, three million were Indians. Across the globe, 1.8 million patients died from TB in 2015, and almost half a million of... Read more
26 June, 2017
WASHINGTON —Family members who live with someone with tuberculosis may be shielded against the highly infectious disease by taking vitamin A. A new study finds that many of those who develop TB are deficient in the nutrient. In a study of 6,000 people in Lima, Peru, researchers found that those... Read more
15 June, 2017
People with low levels of vitamin A who live with individuals who were sick with tuberculosis were 10 times more likely to develop the disease than people with high levels of the nutrient, according to research led by investigators at Harvard Medical School. The findings, published in May in... Read more
15 June, 2017
6 JUNE 2017 | GENEVA - New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and... Read more
9 June, 2017
Four years ago, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) made the decision to sponsor and run its own tuberculosis clinical trial. The aim was to find a new treatment regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) that was radically better than what was currently available. Read the full article here: https... Read more
9 June, 2017
Today I announce that Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the World Bank have agreed to a new health security initiative to address multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The Australian Government will contribute approximately $20 million in grant funding to the Emergency Tuberculosis Project,... Read more
5 June, 2017
Imperial scientists have found how a common antibiotic could help reduce lung destruction in people with Tuberculosis (TB). TB is a leading cause of mortality worldwide, causing 1.8 million deaths in 2015 and infecting one in three people globally, with or without symptoms. Left untreated, the... Read more

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