CAP-TB News

16 October, 2017
A study shows that a TB vaccine could provide about 50 per cent protection against the disease 10 to 20 years after being given to children of school-going age. According to UK-based researchers who conducted the study, the finding offers new insight in controlling TB in low resource settings.... Read more
16 October, 2017
The Canadian government and Inuit have launched a task force aimed at tackling the tuberculosis crisis across Inuit Nunangat. Among Inuit, the tuberculosis rate in 2015 was more than 270 times higher than the rate among Canadian-born non-Indigenous people. "We're in a historic moment today because... Read more
5 October, 2017
The Federal Government on Friday commenced a pilot scheme of free mobile testing and treatment of tuberculosis in Ogun State. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, flagged off the scheme with the aid of a mobile tuberculosis testing truck‎ at Governor’s office arcade ground, Abeokuta. Read the... Read more
5 October, 2017
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday appointed Soumya Swaminathan as Deputy Director General for Programmes of the United Nations agency based in Geneva, Switzerland that is concerned with international public health. The 58-year-old Swaminathan is a pediatrician and a clinical scientist... Read more
29 September, 2017
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Newly published estimates on child mortality from tuberculosis paint a dismal picture. Almost 200,000 children under 5 died of TB globally in 2015, a far higher number than previously thought and enough to place TB among the top 10 causes of child mortality worldwide, according... Read more
29 September, 2017
In a sign of increasing political will in the battle against the world’s top infectious killer, the heads of the World Health Organization and USAID voiced their support for the global fight against tuberculosis last week in a reception during the United Nations General Assembly. Advocates had... Read more
29 September, 2017
Michigan is taking center stage in the nation’s fight against drug-resistant tuberculosis with the creation of the National Tuberculosis Molecular Surveillance Center at Michigan’s state laboratory in Lansing. Funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the tuberculosis... Read more
26 September, 2017
As part of implementation of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, WHO drew up a list of priority antibiotic-resistant pathogens (priority pathogens list; PPL) to guide research into and the discovery and development of new antibiotics. As a further step, WHO reviewed the publically... Read more
26 September, 2017
Despite overwhelming evidence that preventive therapy effectively reduces people’s risk of developing TB after they have been exposed to it, current methods for predicting who is likely to develop TB remain inaccurate. This makes it hard to target prevention services effectively. No more than 2·7... Read more
16 September, 2017
The World Health body has called on countries in South- East Asia Region to build on recent momentum aimed at ending TB by 2030, commending their resolve to take action and urging all countries to review and align national plans with the Delhi Call to Action issued in March.  Read the full article... Read more
15 September, 2017
Researchers have developed a colorimetric sensing strategy employing gold nanoparticles and a paper-based analytical platform for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB).  Read the full article here: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssensors.7b00450
8 September, 2017
Geneva, 4 September 2017 – WHO has just prequalified a two-pills-in-one pediatric medicine that is critical for the continuation phase of the six-month treatment required to cure tuberculosis (TB). The medicine – rifampicin 75mg + isoniazid 50mg – is a fixed dose combination (FDC) tablet... Read more
8 September, 2017
CHENNAI: In a study that could change the intake schedule of tuberculosis drugs, a group of researchers have found that food reduces the effectiveness of most medicines prescribed as the first line of treatment for the infection. A team from the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT... Read more
5 September, 2017
In the Ukrainian tourist destination of Odessa, a port on the Black Sea, holidaymakers mingle with internally displaced people from the country’s war-torn east, local Roma, students, and economic migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus, Africa and Asia. Yet the air carries something less... Read more
5 September, 2017
Ghanaian experts are concerned about the rising number of tuberculosis. The Ghana Health Service said 14,632 people were diagnosed with TB and put on treatment. Health experts in Ghana are urging the government to tackle rising cases of multidrug resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the country. "... Read more
25 August, 2017
Computer simulations suggest moxifloxacin outperforms two other drugs when doses are missed. Read the study here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817141808.htm
25 August, 2017
Tuberculosis in children is increasingly recognised as an important component of the global tuberculosis burden, with an estimated 1 million cases in 2015.   Read the full study here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(17)30289-9/fulltext
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

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