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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Study Sheds Light on Why Parasite Makes TB Infections Worse

Nov. 16, 2015 — Scientists have shown how a parasitic worm infection common in the developing world increases susceptibility to tuberculosis. The study raises the possibility of using inexpensive and widely ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — A study provides new clues to what went wrong with a landmark TB vaccine trial in South Africa. The vaccine -- tested in nearly 2,800 infants -- did not offer extra protection against developing ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A team of scientists has determined the structures of several important tuberculosis enzymes, which could lead to new drugs for the ... read more

Stopping Tuberculosis Requires New Strategy, Say Experts

Oct. 26, 2015 — Unless there is a major shift in the way the world fights tuberculosis -- from a reliance on biomedical solutions to an approach that combines biomedical interventions with social actions -- the ... read more

Researchers Working on New Tuberculosis Vaccine

Oct. 13, 2015 — Researchers are currently developing a new vaccine for tuberculosis, one of the world's deadliest diseases. Using a modified strain of TB, they show that monkeys could generate better protective ... read more

Speeding Up TB Detection in Cambodia

Oct. 5, 2015 — Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major health problem in Cambodia. New research in the slums of Phnom Penh, where tuberculosis (TB) wreaks havoc, has helped to develop a more effective approach to ... read more

HIV Patients Should Be Included in Early Clinical Trials of Anti-TB Drugs

Sep. 29, 2015 — Tuberculosis is the number one cause of death in HIV-infected patients in Africa and a leading cause of death in this population worldwide, yet the majority of these patients are excluded from the ... read more

Old Vaccine Trains Immune System

Sep. 22, 2015 — Not only the acquired immune system but also the innate immune system has a memory. And the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can stimulate this memory, researchers report. After a BCG vaccination, ... read more

Electronic Reminders Keep TB Patients on Track With Medication in China

Sep. 15, 2015 — Giving electronic reminders to tuberculosis patients in China can reduce the amount of medication doses they miss by half, according to new ... read more

Effects of MVA85A Vaccine on Tuberculosis Challenge in Animals

Sep. 9, 2015 — A new systematic review of animal studies testing a vaccine for tuberculosis raises questions about whether the studies provided sufficient evidence to move into trials of ... read more

Rapid Testing for TB Aims to Reduce Drug Resistance, Lower Mortality Rate

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers have documented the accuracies of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), which are much harder and more expensive to treat and which, ... read more

Project in West Africa Sees Dramatic Drop in TB Death Rates

Aug. 25, 2015 — Doctors in Togo, West Africa have seen a 10 percent drop in tuberculosis death rates after redesigning diagnosis and treatment services in one of the country's health ... read more

Powering Off TB: New Electron Transport Gene Is a Potential Drug Target

Aug. 12, 2015 — The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first new drug to fight tuberculosis in more than 40 years, but treatment still takes six months, 200 pills and leaves 40 percent of patients ... read more

Novel Toxin, and the First Ever Found, for Deadly Pathogen M. Tuberculosis

Aug. 3, 2015 — The first known toxin of the pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been described by scientists. This necrotizing toxin is the founding member of a novel class of previously ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Some bacteria and viruses take advantage of the way our immune system works to infect us. Researchers now describe some of the trickery used by ... read more

Pneumonia Investment Doesn't Match Mortality Burden

July 15, 2015 — UK investment in pneumonia research is lacking when compared to spending on influenza and tuberculosis, according to a new study. By calculating the amount spent on researching respiratory infections ... read more

Early HIV Treatment Improves Survival in Some Patients With Newly Diagnosed TB

July 9, 2015 — Starting anti-HIV treatment within two weeks of the diagnosis of tuberculosis, or TB, improved survival among patients with both infections who had very low immune-cell counts, according to an ... read more

The Next Anti-Tuberculosis Drug May Already Be in Your Local Pharmacy

July 7, 2015 — Testing thousands of approved drugs, scientists have identified an unlikely anti-tuberculosis drug: the over-the-counter antacid lansoprazole (Prevacid). Tuberculosis continues to be a global ... read more

Research Reveals New Insights Into a Key Antibiotic Target in the Fight Against TB

June 30, 2015 — A key process in the bacterium that causes tuberculosis has been unraveled by researchers, potentially paving the way for new antibiotics to fight the disease. TB is one of the world's top ... read more

Multidrug-Resistant TB Appears Less Transmissible in Households Than Drug-Susceptible TB

June 23, 2015 — Some strains of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) may have a lower fitness (be less capable of spreading) than drug-susceptible tuberculosis bacteria, according to a new study. The study ... read more

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