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UN agrees global plan to battle TB ahead of first-ever summit

New York - UN member-states on Friday agreed on a global plan to step up the fight against tuberculosis, the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, settling a row with the United States over access to cheap drugs.

UN summit on TB seeks to put spotlight on killer disease

New York - It's the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, but tuberculosis has been eclipsed by HIV/AIDS as a focus of global attention and donor funding.

Natural defense mechanism against TB discovered

London - A new study from London’s Francis Crick Institute shows how the human body protects itself from the bacterium that causes the disease tuberculosis. This could open up a new way for fighting the disease.

Medical breakthrough in tuberculosis diagnosis

Birmingham - Scientists have made a significant advance in the rapid detection of tuberculosis. This is based on genome sequencing and allows different strains of the infectious organism to be isolated.

Rapid test for tuberculosis developed

Austin - A rapid, accurate and inexpensive test for tuberculosis has been developed by a researcher based at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. The test is called TB Read.

Early man's discovery of fire may have unleashed Tuberculosis

Our ancient ancestors are credited with discovering how to control fire, and that one event propelled the human race forward by a giant step. But a new study suggests it also released a potent bacterial pathogen that ended up being a curse on society.

Training rats to sniff out TB sufferers

East African researchers are considering using the highly developed sense of smell of rats to screen for tuberculosis among prisoners in the crowded prisons in Tanzania and Mozambique.

Oregon zoo workers infected with TB after elephant exposure

Portland - Seven staff members at the Oregon State Zoo have tested positive for a latent form of tuberculosis after an outbreak among three of the zoo's elephants started in 2013.

Rapid tuberculosis test in development

In a new study, scientists have described the accuracy of three new rapid tests designed to detect drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis.

New TB drug offers glimmer of hope in S.Africa

Johanesburg - Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a major health challenge across much of Africa, but a new medicine being pioneered in South Africa could be a breakthrough after decades of frustration.

Genetically engineering TB-resistant cows

Shaan - Scientists have created a tuberculosis resistant cow. This was by adding a gene from a mouse to the cow. The aim was to ward off bovine tuberculosis

WHO reveals high risk TB countries

The estimated rate of tuberculosis (TB) per 100,000 people, compiled from World Health Organisation (WHO) data for each country (2013), shows a rise. There are some interesting geographical findings.

Global tuberculosis cases increase

Geneva - A new study by the World Health Organization indicates that tuberculosis has infected hundreds of thousands more people around the world. The actual figures are far higher than those estimated a year ago.

Eight infants test positive for TB at Texas hospital

El Paso - Eight infants have tested positive for Tuberculosis after it was discovered that a health care worker infected with TB had been working in an El Paso hospital's nursery. On Sunday, health officials said 860 infants had possibly been exposed to TB.

New research to improve tuberculosis drugs

New clues to understanding how the most important medication for tuberculosis (TB) works may lead to a new generation of medicines to fight the virulent bacterium.

New TB drug in development

Researchers have modified the precursor to one of the drugs used to treat tuberculosis. This is seen as an important first step toward new drugs that can transcend antibiotic resistance issues and treat serious global diseases.

New antibiotic in development

Chicago - A new drug designed to treat tuberculosis could be the basis for a class of broad-spectrum drugs that act against various bacteria. Interestingly the drug may be capable of evading resistance.

New tuberculosis drug regimen moves to clinical trial

A new drug, part of the STAND trial, will test the first regimen designed to significantly shorten and simplify the treatment of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB.

China halves tuberculosis rate in 20 years

Beijing - China has more than halved its tuberculosis rate in 20 years by scaling up steps to ensure patients take their antibiotics, The Lancet, world's leading general medical journal, reported on Tuesday.The tally of new infections fell from 170 people per 10...

Maryknoll Sister’s work with Ethiopian TB patients Special

To help build support for groups fostering hope and healing among TB patients in Ethiopia, Maryknoll Sister Rosemarie Milazzo of Brooklyn, NY, recently traveled to Addis Ababa to work with Harvard University’s Global Medical Committee.

Probe highlights risk from South Africa's drug-resistant TB

Paris - A long-term probe has found that South Africans with highly drug-resistant TB are "systematically" discharged from hospital without being cured, placing themselves and others at risk, its authors said Friday.

Tuberculosis hits new high in Zambia

In Zambia, the incidence of all forms of human tuberculosis (TB) is estimated to be 444 per 100,000. Many incidents occur in the Kafue area where TB occurs at a high level in cattle and antelope.

New approach to tackle tuberculosis

Pyridomycin, a substance produced by non- pathogenic soil bacteria, has been found to be a potent antimicrobial against a related strain of bacteria that cause tuberculosis.

Drug resistant TB cases are 'underestimated': WHO

The World Health Organization has estimated that at least three-quarters of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases have not been detected.

New strategy to combat tuberculosis

A new way to tackle tuberculosis could be imminent. Scientists have discovered that the bacterium causing TB needs an amino acid and, from this, a drug could be developed to block this mechanism.

New test for tuberculosis

A new rapid test for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis has been launched and the results appear to be highly accurate.

Parkinson's disease protein might kill TB

A protein which is being studied as part of Parkinson's disease research has been found to play a key role in causing the destruction of bacteria that cause tuberculosis.

Blood pressure drug helps TB treatment

Scientists have discovered that drug better known as a treatment for high blood pressure and headaches effectively speeds up treatment of tuberculosis when added to the standard medication.

TB genomes isolated from 200-Year-Old Hungarian Mummy

Budapest - Scientists have recovered tuberculosis (TB) genomes, from the bacterial agent, from the lung tissue of a 215-year old mummy.

Vitamin C can be effective against the TB bacterium

Researchers have determined that vitamin C kills drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in laboratory culture. The finding could lead to new treatments.
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Infographic: Drug Resistant TB Worldwide
Infographic: Drug Resistant TB Worldwide
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Sister Ro hugging a former TB patient
Microfluidic Device for Rapid TB Diagnosis
Microfluidic Device for Rapid TB Diagnosis
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Santa Clara medical Center in California.
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A nurse working with newborns at Santa Clara County medical Center in California has possibly expose...
A nurse working with newborns at Santa Clara County medical Center in California has possibly exposed 350 infants to tuberculosis.
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El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes
El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes
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Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) at the Oregon Zoo. From left to right; Chendra( a Borneo elephant ...
Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) at the Oregon Zoo. From left to right; Chendra( a Borneo elephant, sub-species of Asian elephant, Sung-Surin(shine), and Rose-Tu.
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