CAP-TB News

30 January, 2017
Scientists have built a DNA-analyzing smartphone attachment that is a fraction of the cost of a lab-based kit. They say it could help doctors treat cancer, tuberculosis and other diseases more effectively than is sometimes possible in the developing world. Read the full article here: https://www.... Read more
25 January, 2017
Researchers are working on a potential new tuberculosis vaccine that would be the first new TB vaccine in a century to combat drug-resistance. The new vaccine uses biobeads to place antigens from the tuberculosis bacterium into the body's immune system. Biobeads are natural polyesters that non-... Read more
13 January, 2017
By many standards, Mireille Kamariza is at the top of the world. She's a graduate student at one of the world's top universities, working on her Ph.D. with one of the world's top chemists. And she's tackling a tough problem — tuberculosis — that sickens nearly 10 million people a year. Earlier... Read more
13 January, 2017
For Jasmin Bueno, aged seven, and her brother Aaron, aged six, there is little that can make swallowing chemo-profilactic pills any less bitter. But the tablets they stoically gulp down daily during the next six months are the best protection they can get from contracting tuberculosis. Read the... Read more
6 January, 2017
To detect cases of latent infection, the government [of India] has launched a door-to-door screening campaign for tuberculosis (TB). The Union health ministry has started a campaign to find patients before they develop full-blown TB and put them on preventive treatment. The campaign has been... Read more
6 January, 2017
Head doctors at hospitals around Myanmar are calling for more resources to be dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis, as a current shortfall in medical officers has left patients waiting on treatment. The calls were made at an annual national evaluation meeting in Yangon on December 16.... Read more
29 December, 2016
Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a computer simulation that helps predict under which circumstances a new short-course treatment regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis could substantially reduce the global incidence and spread of the disease. The computer model was developed to help... Read more
29 December, 2016
Advocates in the fight against tuberculosis are celebrating Thursday’s promising announcement that the United Nations General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting dedicated solely to TB in 2018. There have been only four other such meetings devoted to health issues ― one on HIV/AIDS in 2001,... Read more
19 December, 2016
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The money will be used to establish a regional research center and a network of laboratories to cope with the deadly illness that is characterized by a chronic cough with bloody sputum, the release noted. "The project will specifically build on efforts of the [Mozambique]... Read more
19 December, 2016
TCI Foundation signed LoI with the Union South-East Asia Office and Central TB Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of India to work jointly for the Call to Action for TB Free India Campaign. The LoI on behalf of TCI Foundation was signed by Dr Munish Chander, Head-... Read more
14 December, 2016
Tuberculosis (TB) leads to more deaths worldwide than any other infectious disease. Yet, TB programs face a persistent lack of prioritization in national and global health agendas. While most TB cases can be treated with readily available drugs, an increasing number of TB patients contract... Read more
14 December, 2016
 Part of the reason tuberculosis-causing bacteria are so good at colonizing the human body is that they have defenses against the body's immune system. A research team led by a Brown University chemist has developed a new compound that can take down one of those defenses in Mycobacterium... Read more
8 December, 2016
In the past five years, USAID has funded the Control and Prevention of Tuberculosis (CAP-TB) project in China, Thailand, and Myanmar with the aim of impacting multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) management in each of these countries. The project’s three-tiered strategic model focuses on... Read more
8 December, 2016
FIJI recorded a drop in tuberculosis (TB) cases last year compared with 2014, with 51 cases recorded per 1000 people. In 2014, the number of cases recorded per 1000 people was 68, says national TB control officer Dr. Frank Underwood. Speaking at the TB Control Meeting for the Pacific Islands in... Read more
8 December, 2016
Nick Sothern, Director of The Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Health’s Myanmar office, talks about how The Union is working to fight tuberculosis in Myanmar by focusing on treating the most vulnerable people living with HIV. Watch the full interview here: http://bit.ly/2f90xgk 
10 September, 2016
GENEVA - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria warmly welcomed an announcement by the United States Government to contribute up to US$4.3 billion to the Global Fund, a demonstration of outstanding commitment to global health. The announcement, made today in Washington D.C., comes... Read more
10 September, 2016
Scientists have found evidence of a separate stage in tuberculosis (TB) infection, where people have no symptoms but are more likely to develop the full disease. The findings, published in Nature Medicine, suggest it may be possible to identify which people are most at risk of developing TB. These... Read more
10 September, 2016
  Nigeria has received $800 million from the Japanese government to fight malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases. President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday at the commencement of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The summit... Read more
8 August, 2016
The cycling of inmates in and out of prisons and jails around the world contributes significantly to the global epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Inmates typically suffer from higher rates of... Read more
8 August, 2016
Two prominent biomedical research institutes in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province announced that they plan to merge and form the Africa Health Research Institute. One of the partners, the Africa Centre for Population Health, has long focused on epidemiological and demographic studies. Its... Read more

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