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May 25, 2016

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May 25, 2016

Fixed-Dose Combinations Vs Single-Drug for Treating Pulmonary TB

May 20, 2016 — A research team has prepared a systematic review that explores the efficacy, safety, and adherence to fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) of drugs versus single-drug formulations to treat people who are ... read more

Blood Test Can Predict Risk of Developing Tuberculosis

Mar. 23, 2016 — Only a fraction of those infected with the bacterium that causes TB ever develops symptomatic illness. Now, an international team of researchers has identified biological markers in the blood of ... read more

Treating HIV Patients at Risk for Tuberculosis With TB Drugs Doesn't Save More Lives

Mar. 17, 2016 — Treating HIV patients at risk for tuberculosis with multi-drug TB regimens does not save more lives, researchers report. The number one killer of HIV patients in resource-limited areas, including ... read more

Statins Cut Tuberculosis Treatment Time in Mice

Mar. 16, 2016 — In a study using mice, infectious disease experts have added to evidence that statin drugs — known primarily for their cholesterol-lowering effects — can significantly reduce the time it takes to ... read more

Low Cost, 25 Min TB-Test Could Help Reduce Tuberculosis Death Rate Among Patients With HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mar. 9, 2016 — A low cost, easy to use, urine test to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) among patients with HIV could help reduce the TB death rate of HIV-positive patients in hospital, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 22, 2016 — Researchers seek to streamline the analysis of complex biochemical networks and to reveal inconsistencies in biological data. Their theorem helps to uncover hidden drivers of non-monotonic responses ... read more

Blood Test Could Transform Tuberculosis Diagnosis, Treatment in Developing Countries

Feb. 19, 2016 — A simple blood test that can accurately diagnose active tuberculosis could make it easier and cheaper to control a disease that kills 1.5 million people every ... read more

Slight Change to Antibacterial Drug May Improve TB Treatments

Feb. 16, 2016 — One small chemical change to an existing antibacterial drug results in a compound that is more effective against its target enzyme in tuberculosis, researchers ... read more

US Tuberculosis Cases Drop Almost 20 Percent Among Foreign-Born Entrants from 2007-2011

Feb. 10, 2016 — The reasons behind a 19 percent drop in US tuberculosis (TB) cases among foreign-born people between 2007-2011 vary depending on the person's country of origin and when they entered the US, ... read more

Leading Bugs to the Death Chamber: A Kinder Face of Cholesterol

Feb. 4, 2016 — Cells of our immune system kill pathogens by enclosing them in a compartment called the phagosome. The pathogen-containing phagosome is physically transported to execution chambers (lysosomes) by ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — It is the disappearance of a glycolipid from the bacterial cell envelope during evolution that may have considerably increased the virulence of tuberculosis bacilli in humans. Scientists have shown ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — Biophysicists have discovered why the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) are naturally somewhat resistant to antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Their findings, based on mapping the detailed ... read more

Innate Immune Defenses Triggered by Unsuspected Mechanism

Jan. 12, 2016 — A previously unsuspected mechanism is activated in the presence of pathogens after only a few hours: the activation of thousands of genes in the cells of the innate immune system and the triggering ... read more

Old Drugs, New Tricks: Medications Approved for Other Uses Also Have Antibiotic Action

Dec. 22, 2015 — A number of drugs already approved to treat parasitic infections, cancers, infertility and other conditions also show promise as antibiotic agents against staph and tuberculosis infections, according ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Tuberculosis (TB) is a highly infectious disease and a major global health problem, especially in countries with developing health care systems. Because there is no fast, easy way to detect TB, the ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — Ethiopia is a hotspot for tuberculosis (TB) infection, ranking third among African countries and eighth in the world for TB burden according to the World Health Organization. But, say researchers who ... read more

Is Chemical Exposure in Mothers, Babies, Linked to Poor Vaccine Response?

Dec. 9, 2015 — Early life exposures to toxic chemicals such as PCBs and DDT dampen an infant's response to the tuberculosis vaccine, according to a new study. PCBs were used in manufacturing and in consumer ... read more

Tuberculosis: Daily Antibiotics Recommended to Prevent Resistant Strains

Nov. 23, 2015 — A computer model of tuberculosis has shown that approved treatments prescribing antibiotic doses once or twice a week are more likely to lead to drug resistant strains than are daily antibiotic ... read more

Compounds Discovered With Potential to Treat Persistent Tuberculosis

Nov. 17, 2015 — In a substantial number of cases -- some two billion, in fact -- the tuberculosis bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) isn't active at all. Instead, it hides inside cell aggregates, latent and ... read more

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

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