CAP-TB News

9 December, 2017
While the global fight against tuberculosis is being won, Hong Kong still sees many new cases each year, and overseas experts have urged greater action against it. Read the full story here: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2122487/ex...
1 December, 2017
A recent study highlighted in the British Medical Journal which included 4,215 people from the U.S. with undiagnosed diabetes, found that these patients were 2.2 times more likely to have latent TB than people without diabetes. Latent TB refers to the dormant form of the infection which can later... Read more
1 December, 2017
Scientists have taken an important step forward in their quest to develop an effective vaccine against tuberculosis – the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Researchers from the universities of Southampton and Bangor in the UK, have shown that certain lipids – fatty substances essential to cell... Read more
28 November, 2017
Today 75 ministers agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030. The announcement came at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response, which brought together delegates from 114 countries in Moscow... Read more
17 November, 2017
Many of the key principles of tuberculosis (TB) control are credited to the work of Karel Styblo, the Dutch epidemiologist. Working in Tanzania, Styblo developed a set of registries to capture information on patients evaluated for TB and then used the registries to monitor and evaluate the... Read more
17 November, 2017
For the second year in a row, India has landed the dubious distinction of being number one in the world for deaths from tuberculosis: 423,000 TB patients died in the year 2016. That's a third of the world's 1.4 million death toll. India, of course, is not the only country where TB is a bane. In... Read more
10 November, 2017
On Monday the World Health Organization released its 2017 Global Tuberculosis Report, and the latest picture is still one of extreme gravity, as progress to stop the spread of this disease simply isn't fast enough to make major headway: In 2016, 10.4 million people fell sick with TB, and about 1.7... Read more
10 November, 2017
The spotlight on the fight against tuberculosis (TB) has never been as bright as it is right now. The first World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB is set to bring together Ministers of Health from all over the world, engaged partners, and representatives of... Read more
3 November, 2017
A top World Health Organization (WHO) official has flagged concerns over a new tuberculosis drug called delamanid—billed as the potential “wonder drug” solution to multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB—just as India prepares to roll it out as part of its programme to eradicate TB. “Delamanid failed to... Read more
3 November, 2017
Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the Global TB Report 2017, released by WHO today. Despite these achievements, the latest picture is grim. TB remains the top infectious killer in... Read more
27 October, 2017
Long-term follow-up in the ANRS TEMPRANO trial confirms that tuberculosis chemoprophylaxis in HIV-infected people is more than ever relevant in resource-limited countries. This prophylactic use of drugs reduces mortality, even among people taking antiretroviral treatment who have a high CD4+ T cell... Read more
27 October, 2017
Taking the right antibiotics for just nine months may be as effective against drug-resistant tuberculosis as taking them for two years, as is currently recommended, according to preliminary findings from an international study. Results from the trial, which is overseen by the International Union... Read more
19 October, 2017
Imagine a doctor or nurse could log in to an application on their phone to check if one of their patients has taken their tuberculosis (TB) medication that day, or any day for that matter? Imagine all it requires is a microchip the size of a few grains of sand, a skin patch and a Bluetooth-enabled... Read more
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

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