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First global estimate finds 1.8 million young people develop TB every year

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(European Lung Foundation) A total of 1.8 million young people between ten and 24 years of age are estimated to develop tuberculosis (TB) every year, with young adults aged 20 to 24 years at the greatest risk of developing infectious TB, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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AI to fight the spread of infectious diseases

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Southern California) Public outreach campaigns can prevent the spread of devastating yet treatable diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), malaria and gonorrhea. But ensuring these campaigns effectively reach undiagnosed patients, who may unknowingly spread the disease to others, is a major challenge for cash-strapped public health agencies. Now, a team of USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers has created an algorithm that can help policymakers reduce the overall spread of disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Malawi:HIV/Aids Clients Receive Art and TB Services Under Tree Sheds

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:10:51 +0100

[Malawi News Agency] Karonga -Kachila Youth Initiative (KAYI) has accused health officials at Mpata and Lupembe health centres in Karonga for providing clients anti-retroviral therapy drugs and Tuberculosis (TB) services under tree sheds and along corridors of the facilities. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



TB vaccine trial results offer potential for BCG Revaccination, hope for subunit vaccines

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Burness) Aeras, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing vaccines against tuberculosis (TB), today announced results from an innovative clinical trial that provides encouraging new evidence that TB vaccines could prevent sustained infections in high-risk adolescents. In a prevention-of-infection Phase 2 trial conducted in South Africa, revaccination with the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine significantly reduced sustained TB infections in adolescents. An experimental vaccine candidate, H4:IC31, also reduced sustained infections, although not at statistically significant levels. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Nigeria:Saraki Tasks Gates' Foundation On Primary Healthcare

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:10:46 +0100

[This Day] Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to focus on boosting comprehensive primary healthcare in its intervention programmes across the country rather than funding the eradication of individual diseases like polio, tuberculosis and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Treating Drug-Resistant TB: "Our Patients Simply Can't Wait"

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:05:32 +0100

MSF research shows that a combination of two new drugs can be used effectively to help patients with drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis.Language English (Source: MSF News)

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Africa:Drug-Resistant TB - 'Some of Our Patients Simply Can't Wait for Clinical Trials'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:08:23 +0100

[MSF] Drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) remains a major threat to global health: Of the ten million people who fell ill with TB in 2016 alone, over half a million are estimated to have resistance to the most effective drugs used to treat TB, rifampicin and isoniazid. For those with highly resistant strains of TB, very few treatment options exist. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)



Uganda:Why We Need More TB Funding in Uganda

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:56:09 +0100

[Observer] Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) that is otherwise sometimes referred to as TB of the lungs is a disease that has been eradicated in most parts of the world, but continues to persist in Uganda. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Bill and Melinda Gates: Trump ’s Proposed Cuts to Foreign Aid Will Lead to More Deaths

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:20:28 +0100

Bill and Melinda Gates used their 10th annual letter to answer tough questions about their work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — and to defend funding for health work and international aid, just a day after President Donald Trump’s budget proposed slashing resources to these areas. The Gates Foundation donates billions of dollars to health and humanitarian causes including vaccine delivery, child and maternal health as well as infectious disease prevention. “These efforts save lives,” Bill Gates wrote in the letter, which was published Tuesday. “They also create U.S. jobs. And they make Americans more secure by making poor countries more stable and stopping disease outbreaks before they become pandemics. The world is not a safer place when more peopl...



Inovio lands $4.6M in funding for malaria, tuberculosis vaccines

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:32:58 +0100

Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it has received $4.6 million in grant funding from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to advance work on vaccine programs targeting tuberculosis and malaria. The Plymouth Meeting biopharmaceutical company is conducting its research as part of its partnership with the Wistar Institute of Philadelphia. Both programs involve the use of Inovio's SynCon synthetic vaccine technology that helps a person's own immune system… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Tanzania:Why Diabetic Patients Must Watch Out for Tuberculosis

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:46:34 +0100

[Citizen] Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop tuberculosis. This is called TB-DM co-morbidity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)



Inequality also Relates to Education, Health & Illiteracy, not Wealth Alone

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:02:32 +0100

A health worker marks a boy’s finger with ink to show that he has been vaccinated against measles in India’s Gujarat State. Credit: UNICEF/UNI133530/PietrasikBy Bjorn LomborgCOPENHAGEN, Denmark, Feb 7 2018 (IPS)Antipoverty group Oxfam International got a lot of attention for claiming that there’s a global “inequality crisis,” but a far more important point is entirely neglected: globally, income distribution is less unequal than it has been for 100 years. The best data on this comes from Professor Branko Milanovic, formerly of the World Bank, now at City University of New York. His research shows that, mostly because of Asia’s incredible growth, global inequality has declined sharply for several decades, reducing so much that the world hasn’t been this equal for more than a c...



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Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:00:30 +0100

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The Impact of President Trump ’s ‘Global Gag Rule’ on Women’s Health is Becoming Clear

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:31:04 +0100

It has now been a little more than a year since President Donald Trump, on his first full day in office, reinstated the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “Global Gag Rule,” and a picture of its impact is beginning to emerge. The law prohibits allocation of U.S. funding to foreign non-governmental organizations that offer abortion services or information about the procedure. While the measure has been on and off the books for decades, typically enacted by Republican administrations and repealed by Democrats, its scope has expanded under Trump, which healthcare workers say has had a big impact on communities and care providers around the world. In just one year, health care workers say the policy has had disastrous effect; as expected, clinics are shutting down, unsafe abort...



Tanzania:Tz, Global Fund Ink 1.155tri/ - Grant for Combatting Diseases

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:49:58 +0100

[Daily News] AFTER signing a 525m US Dollars (approximately 1.155tri/-) grant from the Global Fund, Tanzania has assured development partners that the amount will be spent on initiatives to reduce the tuberculosis epidemic, fighting malaria and prevention of HIV infections among women of childbearing age. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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South Africa:IFP - Medicines Control Council Must Urgently Approve Bacillus Calmette Guerin Vaccine

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:38:08 +0100

[IFP] The Inkatha Freedom Party calls on the Medicines Control Council to urgently approve the all-important Bacillus Calmette-Gu érin (BCG) vaccine, which protects the child from severe types of Tuberculosis (TB). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Fighting tuberculosis in Nunavut means addressing much more than just the disease

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:14:52 +0100

Nunavut's chief medical officer of health Dr. Kim Barker says her department is developing a strategy to reduce stigma, increase understanding of treatment protocols and address the colonial history of tuberculosis. (Source: CBC | Health)



Major effort underway to fight tuberculosis outbreak in Nunavut community

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0100

An emergency tuberculosis clinic is taking over the community hall in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, on Feb. 5. The mobile clinic will run for seven to 10 weeks and will screen every person in the community of 600 for the disease. (Source: CBC | Health)



High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data show

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:00:38 +0100

BANGKOK 29 January 2018 – The World Health Organization’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. WHO’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (known as GLASS) reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500 000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries.  The most commonly reported resistant bacteria were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, followed by Salmonella spp. The system does not include data on resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (which causes TB) as WHO has been tracking it since 1994 and providing annual updates in the W...



Medical News Today: Drug resistance: Could these onions help us win the war?

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0100

Researchers find that compounds from a species of onion can kill the tuberculosis bacterium. Could this be the key to combatting drug resistance? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Nigeria:Bauchi Health Agency Treats 17 Leprosy Cases

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:35:29 +0100

[Daily Trust] Bauchi -The Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV /AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA) successfully treated 17 leprosy cases at various locations in the state in 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Nigeria:16,000 HIV Positive in Bauchi Get Treatment

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:20:59 +0100

[Daily Trust] Bauchi -The Bauchi State Agency for the control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis/Leprosy and Malaria, (BACATMA) has disclosed that it has provided treatment, care and support to 16,000 HIV positive patients in the state from 2015 to 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



TB vaccine SCAM: Scientists gave 1,400 babies a new vaccine for tuberculosis despite FAILED safety trials

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:42:34 +0100

(Natural News) An investigation by the British Medical Journal has exposed a horrifying vaccine scam that took place in the same place that many unethical vaccine stories come from – Africa. There, babies were used as guinea pigs to test out a vaccine after the monkeys it was tested on died. According to the report,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



With big bucks (and drugs) in hand, George Scangos' startup stakes out space in infectious diseases

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:19:05 +0100

Vir Biotechnology is going where Big Pharma has largely backed away — infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis B and tuberculosis — and it's doing so with $600 million in backing from ARCH Venture Partners and others. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)



Fresh approach to TB vaccine offers better protection

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Oregon Health& Science University) A unique platform that resulted in a promising HIV vaccine has also led to a new, highly effective vaccine against tuberculosis that is moving toward testing in humans. The new vaccine completely protected 41 percent and reduced overall TB disease by 68 percent in vaccinated rhesus macaques, according to a study published as an Advanced Online Publication of Nature Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Anterior Cerebral Artery Vasculopathy Secondary to Miliary TB Anterior Cerebral Artery Vasculopathy Secondary to Miliary TB

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:14:33 +0100

What did brain MRI reveal about the cause of ataxia in this patient recently diagnosed with HIV infection and miliary tuberculosis?Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



A plant from the coffee family, Indian madder, found to help protect the lungs against tuberculosis

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:41:41 +0100

(Natural News) A study discovered that the ethanolic leaf extracts of the plant Rubia cordifolia or Indian madder contain anti-mycobacterial, cytotoxic, and antioxidant activities, which can be used in fighting against mycobacterial tuberculosis infection. A team of researchers from the University of Limpopo in South Africa analyzed the protective effects of Rubia cordifolia, more commonly known... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Re-programming innate immune cells to fight tuberculosis

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Montreal) Canadian researchers' innovative work promises to make vaccines more effective against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like the flu. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



For a banded mongoose in northern Botswana, communicating with family can be deadly

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Virginia Tech) A novel tuberculosis pathogen, Mycobacterium mungi, closely related to human TB, infects and kills banded mongooses through a surprising route -- olfactory communication. Now, a detailed investigation published in the journal Veterinary Pathology provides a window into how this deadly disease moves between mongooses and within the mongoose host. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Cluster of resistant tuberculosis pathogen discovered

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Zurich) Between February and Nov. 2016, the Institute of Medical Microbiology at the University of Zurich discovered a multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis in eight refugees arriving in Europe from the Horn of Africa. The analyses provided an impulse for launching a transnational investigation and developing a pan-European alerting system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



UTHealth's Jeffrey Actor, Ph.D., awarded $1.7 million for tuberculosis research

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Jeffrey Actor, Ph.D., professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), has been awarded nearly $1.7 million for a two-year project to investigate a promising tuberculosis treatment using a natural molecule called lactoferrin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Global Health: Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:35:15 +0100

Diagnosing TB, a major killer, can be cumbersome and inaccurate. But a new way to detect byproducts of the bacteria in urine may change that. (Source: NYT Health)



NY woman diagnosed with TB when she was 5 months pregnant

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:04:33 +0100

Media producer Kate O'Brien, 34, was diagnosed with active tuberculosis while pregnant and was quarantined for 75 days in a New York hospital to save the fetus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Woman diagnosed with TB when she was 5 months pregnant

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:55:55 +0100

Media producer Kate O'Brien, 34, was diagnosed with active tuberculosis while pregnant and was quarantined for 75 days in a New York hospital to save the fetus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Crisis team heading to Baffin community with 10 per cent TB infection rate

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0100

With 10 per cent of residents in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, infected with active or latent tuberculosis, the government of Nunavut is looking for new ways to combat the disease (Source: CBC | Health)



10% of residents in Nunavut community infected with TB, crisis team to visit

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0100

With 10 per cent of residents in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, infected with active or latent tuberculosis, the Government of Nunavut is looking for new ways to combat the disease. (Source: CBC | Health)



Double strike against tuberculosis

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) In search of new strategies against life-threatening tuberculosis infections, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), as well as Harvard University and Texas A&M University in the USA have found a new ally. They discovered a substance that interferes with the mycomembrane formation of the bacterium. It is effective even in low concentrations and when combined with known antibiotics their effectiveness is improved by up to 100-fold. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



CAD of chest tomosynthesis works best for new readers

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Computer-aided detection (CAD) of digital chest tomosynthesis studies helped...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Digital tomo refines postoperative imaging of hand fractures DR tomo beats x-ray, especially for small chest lesions Digital tomosynthesis works well for spinal tuberculosis Tomo-CAD combo targets lung cancer screening (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Nigeria:Expert Calls for Increased Funding to Tackle Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:11:32 +0100

[This Day] Abuja -The Associate Director, Global Fund Programmes, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Dr. Aderonke Agbaje, has called on the government to support the drug-resistant tuberculosis programme in the country with funds as donor funding for the disease has reduced significantly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)



Kenya:Global Fund Gives Kenya U.S.$368.6 Million to Fight HIV-Aids, TB and Malaria

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:14:58 +0100

[East African] Kenya has finally received a cash grant of Ksh38 billion ($368.6 million) from the Global Fund to finance malaria, HIV and tuberculosis programmes in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



Bedaquiline and Delamanid Treatment in Drug-Resistant TB Bedaquiline and Delamanid Treatment in Drug-Resistant TB

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:41:48 +0100

Combination therapy with bedaquiline and delamanid may be another option for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and limited treatment options.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Tanzania:Giant Rats Increase Their Attack On Tuberculosis in Tanzania

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:01:22 +0100

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -The use of giant rats to sniff out the potentially deadly disease tuberculosis (TB) in Tanzania is set to nearly double by the end of the year due to successful detection rates, a charity who trains them said on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)

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Giant Rats Increase Their Attack on Tuberculosis in Tanzania Giant Rats Increase Their Attack on Tuberculosis in Tanzania

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:11:01 +0100

Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Kenya:Kenya and Global Fund Sign New Grants to Accelerate Response to Diseases

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:25:19 +0100

[Global Fund] Nairobi -The Global Fund and health partners in Kenya today signed six grant agreements to strengthen the response to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. The grants aim to reach 1.3 million people with antiretroviral therapy by 2021, and drastically expand interventions to find more missing cases of TB, among other objectives. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



Notes from the Field: Tuberculosis Control Activities After Hurricane Harvey — Texas, 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-Borne Outbreaks in 2016

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:41:55 +0100

European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 11/13/2017 This 228-page report presents the results of the zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2016 in 37 European countries (28 Member States [MS] and nine non-MS). It summarizes trends and sources for Yersinia (plague) and tularemia, both Category A bioterrorism agents; brucella, a Category B bioterrorism Agent; bovine tuberculosis, trichinellosis, echinococcosis, toxoplasmosis, rabies, Q fever, and West Nile fever. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



At long last, a urine test for accurate tuberculosis detection

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Scientists have finally developed a noninvasive tuberculosis test for a pool of people for whom such assessments have previously been difficult: people who don't have HIV. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Is seeing believing in imaging artificial intelligence?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Sometimes seeing is believing. An imaging artificial intelligence algorithm...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Video from RSNA 2017: How will AI change radiology? Can AI diagnose pneumonia better than radiologists? Deep learning shows promise for bone age assessment AI algorithm predicts lung disease, adverse events on CT Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)



Going undercover to fight tuberculosis

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Wiley) Tuberculosis is one of the most widespread life-threatening infectious diseases. Not only does antibiotic resistance make treatment increasingly difficult, but the bacteria's relatively impermeable mycomembrane also limits the effectiveness of many drugs. In search of new antibiotics, researchers have developed a structural analogue of mycolic acid, the essential membrane building block. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, this drug blocks key enzymes used in mycomembrane biosynthesis, significantly increasing the effectiveness of conventional antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Sudan:Khartoum Ministry of Health Announces Aids Voluntary Check

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:12:38 +0100

[SNA] Khartoum -The Khartoum State Ministry of Health has announced that the medical check it administered on over 7475 persons along with similar medical check on persons with Tuberculosis, have shown that some 16 out of the total are HIV/AIDS virus carriers. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)



Cochrane review of effectiveness of strategies to improve access to treatment for TB

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) In a new Cochrane Review, researchers from Tanzania working with colleagues in LSTM have evaluated the effectiveness of strategies to improve people's access to treatment for tuberculosis (TB). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Action Needed to Avoid the End of Modern Medicine

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:19:25 +0100

This study influenced the development of the WHO’s new  guidelines, which are aimed at influencing policy makers in the agriculture and health sectors.   According to a WHO press release, the guidelines include:An overall reduction in the use of all classes of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals.Complete restriction of these antibiotics for growth promotion and for disease prevention without diagnosis.Healthy animals should only receive antibiotics to prevent disease if it has been diagnosed in other animals in the same flock or herd or fish population.Antibiotics used in animals should be from the WHO list as “least important” to human health and not from “highest priority critically important.”In 2015, Health Ministers attending the World Health Assembl...

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Factors That Influence Treatment Completion for Latent TB Factors That Influence Treatment Completion for Latent TB

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:07:38 +0100

Which patients are more likely to discontinue latent tuberculosis infection therapy?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



New TB drugs possible with understanding of old antibiotic

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Warwick) Tuberculosis, and other life-threatening microbial diseases, could be more effectively tackled with future drugs, thanks to new research into an old antibiotic by the University of Warwick and the Francis Crick Institute. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Eb141/16

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:50:00 +0100

Preparation for a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on ending tuberculosis (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)



When Medicines Don ’t Work Anymore

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:11:17 +0100

Credit: BigstockBy Martin KhorPENANG, Malaysia, Dec 4 2017 (IPS)The growing crisis of antibiotic resistance is catching the attention of policy makers, but not at a rate enough to tackle it.More diseases are affected by resistance, meaning the bacteria cannot be killed even if different drugs are used on some patients, who then succumb.We are staring at a future in which antibiotics don’t work, and many of us or our children will not be saved from TB, cholera, deadly forms of dysentery, and germs contracted during surgery.Martin Khor, Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in GenevaThe World Health Organisation will discuss a resolution in May at its annual assembly of Health Ministers on microbial resistance, including a global action plan. ...



Nigeria:Mrs. Akeredolu Goes Pink for Breast Cancer in Nigeria

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:13:11 +0100

[Guardian] In the last 30 years, cancer has become the deadliest non-communicable disease responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Use of Bedaquiline in Children With Multidrug-Resistant TB Use of Bedaquiline in Children With Multidrug-Resistant TB

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:14:40 +0100

Should bedaquiline be considered as another safe and effective treatment option for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in children?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Finding better and quicker ways to tackle TB

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Tuberculosis is a silent killer. According to the World Health Organisation more than 10 million people were diagnosed with the disease in 2016. The previous year, some 1,8 million people died from it making TB one of the top ten main causes of death globally. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)



WHO and Global Fund sign cooperation agreement

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0100

Today WHO and the Global Fund signed cooperation and financing agreements, amounting to an estimated US$50 million, to continue the invaluable technical support to countries to fight HIV AIDS, TB and malaria, and make significant strides towards the achievement of universal health coverage. "WHO and the Global Fund share a common mission and commitment to serve countries. These new agreements extend our close collaboration further," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. "Partnerships will continue to be critical for achieving the mission of WHO. We cannot do it alone, and rely on partners like the Global Fund to promote health – keep the world safe – and serve the vulnerable." (Source: WHO Feature Stories)



Cameroon:Work Milieu - Companies Reaffirm Health Care Commitment

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:07:21 +0100

[Cameroon Tribune] The second edition of the public/private partnership to fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria took place on Thursday in Douala. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Risk of Death Very High in Kids With Untreated HIV and Suspected TB Risk of Death Very High in Kids With Untreated HIV and Suspected TB

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:31:44 +0100

Antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naive children with HIV infection and suspected tuberculosis (TB) have an “ extremely high ” early mortality risk, new findings show.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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The global cost of tuberculosis

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:47:05 +0100

This report shows the human and economic impact of TB in the period from 2000-2015 and the period 2015-2030. The authors present the case for a renewed global effort to eradicate tuberculosis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



Tanzania:Scientists Task Brains On TB Diagnosis Machine

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:04:14 +0100

[Daily News] SCIENTISTS in the country envisage studying the new version of Tuberculosis diagnosis machine to establish the possibility of using it at primary health care facilities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)



Nigeria:Why HIV, Malaria, TB Are 'Untreatable,' - WHO

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:58:06 +0100

[Guardian] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised fresh alarm that malaria, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB) may become untreatable soon. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Nigeria:Make TB Drugs Accessible, Affordable, Govts Urged

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:37:15 +0100

[This Day] Governments across Nigeria have been enjoined to make Tuberculosis (TB) drugs accessible and affordable in various health facilities as most of the people affected do not have the means to purchase drugs even when the drugs are available.Private clinics were also urged to offer free treatment of TB patients, where not yet in operation, in a bid to reduce its spread and prevalence. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Nigeria:Chevron Contributes $5m to HIV Fund to in Nigeria

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:21:26 +0100

[Vanguard] Chevron Nigeria Limited, (CNL), an affiliate of Chevron Corporation (Chevron), announced the disbursement of US$2.5 million donated by Chevron to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), for the implementation of the Chevron-Global Fund Anti-Retroviral Treatment Service Maintenance Program (ART Program), in Delta, Bayelsa, Ondo and Lagos States. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)

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Gastric acid suppressant lansoprazole may target tuberculosis

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University College London) A cheap and widely used drug, used to treat conditions such as heartburn, gastritis and ulcers, could work against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), according to new research published in PLOS Medicine, from UCL and the London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Global Health: Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:42:46 +0100

‘ Remarkable progress ’ has been made, Unaids said, but millions more worldwide require treatment. Young women are especially hard hit. (Source: NYT Health)



Yale engineering team developing a tiny device to improve global health

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:45:18 +0100

Yale engineers are working to develop a novel method that could dramatically change how tuberculosis is diagnosed and treated. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)



4th high-level plenary session at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0100

Your Excellency Dr Veronika Skvortsova, my dear sister, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, Esteemed WHO regional directors, honourable ministers, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)



New global commitment to end tuberculosis

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:10:00 +0100

(Source: WHO news)

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Malawi:Story Workshop Takes TB Awareness to Nsanje Prison Inmates

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:51:03 +0100

[Malawi News Agency] Nsanje -Story Workshop has advised Nsanje inmates to undergo Tuberculosis (TB) testing since they are vulnerable to such diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)



Ending TB means investing in R & D

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Burness) This week, as health ministers, diplomats and other representatives meet to discuss tuberculosis (TB) at the World Health Organization (WHO) Ministerial Conference in Moscow, millions of people are suffering from the disease. The governments around the world can and must end this suffering through a major and sustained investment in TB research and development (R&D).   (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



UN-led ministerial conference in Moscow agrees universal commitment to end tuberculosis

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

On Friday, 75 ministers announced a landmark agreement to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 at the conclusion of a World Health Organization (WHO) conference in Moscow, Russia, on eradicating the world's deadliest infectious disease. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)



Could Giant Rats Help Fight Tuberculosis in Major Cities? Could Giant Rats Help Fight Tuberculosis in Major Cities?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:06:50 +0100

Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Angola:Angola Participates in WHO Conference

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:48:17 +0100

[ANGOP] Luanda -Angola is participating on Thursday and Friday in the first Ministerial Conference of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuberculosis, which is taking place in Moscow, Russia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)

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First WHO Global Ministerial Conference: Ending TB in the SDG Era

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:20:00 +0100

(Source: WHO Director-General speeches)



Africa:Could Giant Rats Help Fight Tuberculosis in Major Cities?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:59:52 +0100

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -The rats learn to recognize the presence of TB in samples of mucus (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Progression from infection to pulmonary tuberculosis follows distinct timeline

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(PLOS) Researchers have uncovered a sequence of biological processes that occur in humans infected with the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the infection progresses to pulmonary tuberculosis, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



MSF and Stop TB Partnership at Global Ministerial Meeting on TB: High TB Prevalence Countries Must Urgently Meet New Global Testing and Treatment Standards

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:48:44 +0100

November 15, 2017Ahead of the first-ever Global Ministerial Conference on “Ending TB” in Moscow, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Stop TB Partnership, and tens of thousands of supporters called for countries with the most people affected by tuberculosis (TB) to implement the latest intern ational treatment and testing standards by World TB Day, March 24, 2018. (Source: MSF News)



New chief of Global Fund says accountability is 'imperative'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:06:23 +0100

The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how billions of dollars are dispersed to fight the three killer diseases (Source: ABC News: Health)



New chief of Global Fund says accountability is "imperative"

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:57:37 +0100

The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how billions of dollars are dispersed to fight the three killer diseases (Source: ABC News: Health)



Malawi:Prisoners Urged to Go for Early TB Screening

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:15:45 +0100

[Malawi News Agency] Chikwawa -The Story Workshop, a Media Non Governmental Organization (NGO) that aims at promoting social change is conducting sensitization activities in prisons meant to assist inmates observe signs of Tuberculosis so that they seek early treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)



Peter Sands Named Head of Global Disease-Fighting Agency

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:37:50 +0100

The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria faces an uphill battle: raising more money as lethal epidemics keep cropping up. (Source: NYT Health)



Nigeria:Global Fund Gets Chevron's N2 Billion to Reduce HIV Infections, Boost Treatment

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:44:53 +0100

[Guardian] Determined to reduce estimated 220,000 new Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) infections, 160, 000 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)-related deaths, 37,000 Mother-To-Child Transmission (MTCT) of the virus as well as improve access to treatment for people living with the disease, Chevron Nigeria Limited, (CNL), an affiliate of Chevron Corporation (Chevron), has announced the disbursement of US$5 million (N2 billion) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)

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Nigeria:Chevron Contributes $5 Million to HIV Fund to in Nigeria

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:27:25 +0100

[Vanguard] Chevron Nigeria Limited, (CNL), an affiliate of Chevron Corporation (Chevron), announced today the disbursement of US$2.5 million donated by Chevron to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), for the implementation of the Chevron-Global Fund Anti-Retroviral Treatment Service Maintenance Program (ART Program), in Delta, Bayelsa, Ondo and Lagos States. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Nigeria:Expert - 5 Million People Die of Diabetes Annually

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:14:00 +0100

[This Day] Bauchi -Diabetes has been described as one of the most deadly diseases in the world that claims lives frequently more than other epidemics like the Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV), malaria, tuberculosis etc, as about five million patients in the world die of the disease annually. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Comprehensive health study in India finds rise of non-communicable diseases

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) A new state-by-state health analysis in India finds that over two decades heart- and lung-related conditions, as well as other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), have surpassed infectious diseases, such as diarrhea and tuberculosis, as the nation's leading killers. The extent of this difference, however, varies significantly among the nation's 29 states and seven union territories. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Alcohol and Smoking and the Risk of Active Tuberculosis Alcohol and Smoking and the Risk of Active Tuberculosis

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:14:41 +0100

What is the association between alcohol consumption, smoking, and the risk for active tuberculosis?BMJ Open Respiratory Research (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Cells to Society: Native American Heritage/ Endowment / Research News

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:12:11 +0100

This study evaluates treatment outcomes from a clinical cohort with task-sharing between a clinical nurse practitioner and a medical officer. The researchers examined opportunities to increase treatment rates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa.     Read more   Climate Change &n...

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Treatment for Latent Tuberculosis Can Be Self-Administered, Study Suggests

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:05:24 +0100

Self-administered weekly treatment for latent tuberculosis "may be an acceptable strategy" in the U.S., according to the authors of a noninferiority trial published in... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



Six dead in Minnesota tuberculosis outbreak

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:00:40 +0100

A tuberculosis outbreak in Ramsey County, Minnesota, has infected 17 people and killed six. Fourteen of those who contracted the disease are from the elderly Hmong community. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Self-Administered Therapy a Viable Option for Latent TB Self-Administered Therapy a Viable Option for Latent TB

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:03:08 +0100

Self-administered, once-weekly therapy found to be noninferior to directly observed therapy for patients with latent tuberculosis infection.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Health Highlights: Nov. 7, 2017

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:19:05 +0100

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Chopin Died from Complications of TB: Researchers Composer Frederic Chopin died from complications of tuberculosis, say researchers who examined... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Treatment for Latent Tuberculosis Can Be Self-Administered, Study Suggests (FREE)

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Self-administered weekly treatment for latent tuberculosis " may be an acceptable strategy " in the U.S., according to the authors of a noninferiority trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.Some 1000 adults with … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Chopin ’ s Heart, Pickled in a Jar, Offers Clues to his Death

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:37:55 +0100

The heart of the Polish composer, preserved for nearly 170 years, was examined by scientists who say he most likely died of tuberculosis. (Source: NYT Health)



Trial shows most people will complete treatment for latent TB without direct observation

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(American College of Physicians) A phase 4 randomized clinical trial found that self-administered treatment for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) had a high rate of treatment completion in the United States, Spain, and Hong Kong among a diverse patient population. This is significant because transition from latent TB to active disease accounts for an estimated 86 percent of active TB cases in the United States. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



What Causes White Nails?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:47:12 +0100

Discussion The nail matrix covers the area of the nail plate, and extends proximally in a crescent moon shape with the edges of the crescent extending proximally and inferiorly toward the underlying bone. The nail matrix is a multilayered epithelium that physiologically produces keratinization and gives rise to the nail plate. The distal matrix forms the lower 2/3s of the nail plate and the proximal matrix forms the upper 1/3 of the nail plate. the thickness of the nail plate is proportion to the matrix’s thickness. The nail plate’s free edge contour follows the shape of the nail’s lunula. Melanocytes occur in the nail matrix but are 1/6 as numerous as those in the skin epidermis. In the distal matrix about 50% are activable and 50% are dormant. In the proximal matrix alm...