Malawi: Inmates Hailed for Voluntary HIV and TB Testing
[Malawi News Agency] Kasungu -Inmates at Kasungu Prison have been hailed for willingly going for HIV and tuberculosis (TB) testing, a thing stakeholders say has helped reduce new infections at the reformation centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-Borne Outbreaks in 2017
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 11/19/2018. This 262-page report presents the results of zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2017 in 37 European countries: 28 European Union (EU) Member States and nine non-Member States. It summarizes trends and sources for diseases that include salmonella, Campylobacteriosis, bovine tuberculosis, Brucella, Trichinella, Echinococcus, Toxoplasma, rabies, Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), West Nile virus, and tularaemia. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ginger proven to be effective at treating tuberculosis
(Natural News) Ginger is one of the most popular superfoods, and most of its beneficial effects are backed up by science. A study published in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine suggested that ginger can be effective in treating tuberculosis. It has been found to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplement against tuberculosis... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malawi: Prison Inmates in Voluntary HIV and TB Testing - Glohomo
[Nyasa Times] Globe Hope Mobilization (GLOHOMO), an organisation that promotes access to equitable health services has commended i nmates at Kasungu Prison for willingly going for HIV and tuberculosis (TB) testing, a thing stakeholders say has helped reduce new infections at the reformation centre. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lung lavage as new test method improves tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros
(Forschungsverbund Berlin) An international team of scientists led by institutes in Berlin and Jena, Germany, performed repeated lung lavage as a new approach for tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros. Subsequent genetic tests reliably identified mycobacteria in the animals' respiratory fluids -- with minimal stress and risk for the rhinos. The study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

As Manitoba fights highest tuberculosis rates in the country, researchers say better data offers an antidote
In a province with the highest rates of active tuberculosis in Canada, researchers say more data and better tracking of the potentially deadly disease could help stem the spread. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

As Manitoba fights one of Canada's highest tuberculosis rates, researchers say better data offers an antidote
In the Canadian province with the highest rates of active tuberculosis, researchers say more data and better tracking of the potentially deadly disease could help stem the spread. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Poverty reduction and prevention part of TB elimination plan for Inuit communities
Details of the plan to eliminate tuberculosis in Inuit communities were announced Monday by Inuit leaders and the federal government, with six priorities outlined to help combat and prevent the disease. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Malawi: Action Aid Trains CSCP Volunteers in Dowa
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -Action Aidis facilitating the establishment of community sputum collection points (CSSPs) in the country as an intervention to reduce morbidity and mortality from Tuberculosis (TB). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

PET shows efficacy of tuberculosis meningitis drug
With the help of PET scans, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine are gathering...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Cardiac PET helps assess revascularization benefits PET/CT key to NIH's tuberculosis research plan PET technique could aid diabetic therapy monitoring Novel PET tracer shows promise for neuroendocrine tumors Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Traffic accidents are eighth leading cause of death globally
The number of traffic-related deaths reached a high of 1.35 million in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released by the World Health Organization on Friday. It has also moved up to the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages, ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PET scans improve tuberculosis meningitis treatments
Doctors use rifampin to treat patients with TB, but too often the drug doesn't reach its intended target. Now, researchers say PET scans could help determine if it is doing what it's supposed to. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PET scans to optimize tuberculosis meningitis treatments and personalize care, study finds
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Although relatively rare in the United States, and accounting for fewer than 5 percent of tuberculosis cases worldwide, TB of the brain -- or tuberculosis meningitis (TBM) -- is often deadly, always hard to treat, and a particular threat to young children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study: Tuberculosis survives by using host system against itself
(University of Notre Dame) In a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, scientists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) releases RNA into infected cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 5, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

South Africa: At Mandela 100, Global Fund Builds On South Africa's Progress Against HIV
[Global Fund] Johannesburg -The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strengthened its partnership with South Africa in the fight against HIV, announcing a new grant aimed at capitalizing on strong HIV programs to make even greater progress in treatment and prevention, in protecting and promoting human rights, and in strengthening health systems. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The migrant caravan trying to invade the USA is actually a DISEASE caravan that's infested with HIV, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
(Natural News) Thousands of migrant invaders trying to rush the United States border via Mexico are reportedly now having to undergo medical treatment because they’re infected with life-threatening diseases, reveal figures just released from Tijuana’s Health Department. Officials in Mexico say that at least one third of the illegal caravan’s 6,000 members are suffering from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In South Africa, Commercial Tests Miss Many Cases of Multidrug-Resistant TB In South Africa, Commercial Tests Miss Many Cases of Multidrug-Resistant TB
In South Africa, commercial tests miss many cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) that harbor the Ile491Phe mutation in the rpoB gene, leading to increased drug resistance and silent disease spread, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - November 29, 2018 Category: Pathology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

An electron transfer path connects subunits of a mycobacterial respiratory supercomplex
We report a 3.5-angstrom-resolution cryo–electron microscopy structure of a respiratory supercomplex isolated from Mycobacterium smegmatis. It comprises a complex III dimer flanked on either side by individual complex IV subunits. Complex III and IV associate so that electrons can be transferred from quinol in complex III to the oxygen reduction center in complex IV by way of a bridging cytochrome subunit. We observed a superoxide dismutase-like subunit at the periplasmic face, which may be responsible for detoxification of superoxide formed by complex III. The structure reveals features of an established drug target...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Gong, H., Li, J., Xu, A., Tang, Y., Ji, W., Gao, R., Wang, S., Yu, L., Tian, C., Li, J., Yen, H.-Y., Man Lam, S., Shui, G., Yang, X., Sun, Y., Li, X., Jia, M., Yang, C., Jiang, B., Lou, Z., Robinson, C. V., Wong, L.-L., Guddat, L. W., Sun, F., Wang, Q., R Tags: Biochemistry, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Advancing our understanding of the who, when, and why of suicide risk - Nock MK, Ramirez F, Rankin O.
Suicide is one of the most devastating and perplexing of all human behaviors. Whereas the mortality rate for many leading causes of death (eg, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and influenza) has declined over the past century, the suicide rate is virtually iden... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Simple Estimates for Local Prevalence of Latent TB Infection Simple Estimates for Local Prevalence of Latent TB Infection
This report describes a simple method for estimating latent tuberculosis infection prevalence using genotyping results.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Angola: Over 50,000 TB Cases Diagnosed During First Quarter
[ANGOP] Luanda -Of this figure, 21,871 positive pulmonary tuberculosis, 20,050 negative, extra pulmonary standing at 2,742, and 4,929 treated cases, which totaled 50,046 cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - November 24, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Research points to individualized treatments for curing TB
Tuberculosis is usually treated with a six month regimen of daily antibiotics, but millions of patients do not recover from the disease during treatment. Rada Savic ’s team showed that adjusting the duration of this regimen based on disease severity could lead to better outcomes. (Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News)
Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News - November 21, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Levi Gadye Source Type: news

Global Health: The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill
Deaths from the disease plummeted from 2000 to 2013, but are now stuck at over 400,000 a year. Donor giving is flat, and some countries are not doing enough to protect their citizens. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Malaria Mosquito Nets Pesticides Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria President's Malaria Initiative World Health Organization Africa Nigeria Artemisinin Southeast Asia Source Type: news

TB Treatment Monitoring by Video Directly Observed Therapy TB Treatment Monitoring by Video Directly Observed Therapy
Is this video-based approach a feasible means of assessing tuberculosis treatment adherence?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Prednisone Cuts Risk of Dangerous Immune-System Rebound During HIV-TB Treatment Prednisone Cuts Risk of Dangerous Immune-System Rebound During HIV-TB Treatment
Giving low-dose prednisone soon after initiation of HIV therapy to people who are both infected with tuberculosis and have very low CD4 counts can prevent their immune system from dangerously rebounding against the TB infection, doctors report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - November 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic
Health experts: North Korea is facing shortage of tuberculosis medications that could accelerate spread of more deadly strain, putting hundreds of thousands at risk (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Alarm as TB Testing Gadgets Run Out of Stock in Public Hospitals
[Nation] The country has run out of cartridges used for printing out results for tuberculosis (TB) patients in public hospitals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Group calls for bigger Seoul role in tackling TB in NKorea
A U.S.-based nonprofit group has called for South Korea to take stronger steps to fight a tuberculosis crisis in North Korea it says has worsened under strengthened U.S.-led sanctions against the country over its nuclear weapons and missile program (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

An enzyme in immune cells plays essential role in host defense against tuberculosis
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Using freshly resected lung tissue from 21 patients and two distinct mouse models, tuberculosis researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Africa Health Research Institute, or AHRI, have identified a protein that plays an essential role in host defense against this deadly disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Understanding the correlation between diabetes and tuberculosis
To answer the question of why diabetic patients are more susceptible to developing tuberculosis, the EU-funded TANDEM project linked leading European laboratories with field sites in TB-endemic countries such as Indonesia. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

One of the oldest traditional herbal medicines, the cancer bush is a possible cure for tuberculosis
(Natural News) The cancer bush (Sutherlandia frutescens) was used in traditional African medicine as a treatment for tuberculosis (TB). Researchers, in a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, investigated the plant’s potential as a treatment for TB. The cancer bush has a long history in African medicine. As the authors put it,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Doubled Since 2007 in Europe Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Doubled Since 2007 in Europe
The burden from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in Europe has doubled since 2007 and is now similar to the combined burden of influenza, tuberculosis, and HIV, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Stratifying by Severity May Allow Shorter TB Tx Regimens
TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 -- Stratifying tuberculosis (TB) patients by disease severity may enable shorter treatment regimens, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in Nature Medicine. Marjorie Z. Imperial, from the University of California at... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Robot arm assists with PET/CT-guided needle biopsies
By combining a robotic arm-assisted needle navigation system with PET/CT, researchers...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: FDG-PET/CT fails for peripheral T-cell lymphoma outcomes FDG-PET/CT helps stage men with breast cancer, too PET/CT key to NIH's tuberculosis research plan PET/CT makes case for directing cervical cancer treatment Can deep learning monitor lesions on F-18 NaF PET/CT? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 6, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients
Standard six-month drug regimen for pulmonary tuberculosis risks both over- and under-treatment Related items fromOnMedica Onwards! Tuberculosis Tuberculosis rates in England fall Tuberculosis cases continue to fall (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drug resistant superbugs are killing 33,000 in Europe each year
Superbug infections resistant to multiple antibiotics kill around 33,000 people a year in Europe, health experts said on Monday, and the burden of these diseases is comparable to that of flu, tuberculosis and HIV combined. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Study shows movement, evolutionary history of TB in China
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) A genetic scan of a massive number of samples taken from tuberculosis patients across China has shown a surprising genetic uniformity: just two 'strains' of the tuberculosis bacterium account for 99.4 percent of all cases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pulmonary TB can be cured with shorter treatment, study finds
(University of California - San Francisco) Almost half of the nearly 10 million patients with active tuberculosis each year could potentially be cured with significantly shorter treatments than current guidelines recommend, a new analysis from UC San Francisco has found. The results suggest targeted therapies could be more effective in treating TB, which killed an estimated 1.3 million people around the world last year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cholera Threatens a Comeback Worldwide
Tents set up at Alsabeen hospital in Sana'a Yemen for screening suspected cholera cases.By Anna KucirkovaTEXAS, USA, Nov 2 2018 (IPS)Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn’t well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world. It last erupted in the U.S. in the 1800s, eradicated by water and sewage treatment systems that prevented it from spreading via contaminated water. However, cholera is making a comeback around the globe, and it could again become a major killer.Cholera is caused by eating or drinking something contaminated with the Vibrio cho...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anna Kucirkova Tags: Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Searching in soil, scientists find a new way to combat tuberculosis
(Rockefeller University) Analyzing soil samples from across the country, researchers have identified an antibiotic capable of treating strains of tuberculosis that do not respond to existing therapies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 1, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

High blood sugar is associated with increased risk of tuberculosis.
Research, presented at the Union World Conference on Lung Health, suggests that high blood sugar, in diabetics and non-diabetics, is associated with an increased risk of tuberculosis. MedicalXpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - October 29, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Vaccine and drug hope for infection killing 1.6 million each year
It's been around for centuries and has been curable for decades, but the bacteria behind tuberculosis are still the biggest infectious killers across the planet -- killing more people annually than HIV. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Canada to apologize for treatment of Inuit with tuberculosis in mid-20th century
Inuit across the North were plucked from their communities and taken to sanatoriums in southern Canada for tuberculosis treatment in the mid-20th century, and now the federal government is poised to apologize. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

She Fights TB and HIV Door-to-Door on this Tanzanian Island
October 25, 2018Community health workers like Nanzula link their neighbors to the essential primary health services they need.In 2003, Nanzula Jagaja ’s husband died and left her as the sole provider for their four children.“A few years after his death, a Lutheran church mission came here educating widows on HIV and tuberculosis,” she says. “Only then did I realize my husband had died from TB.”Today Nanzula is certified as a community home-based care provider on HIV and TB and goes house-to-house, making sure those in her village know about the risks and symptoms and linking them to formal hea...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Hospital contacts 1,000 patients and staff over TB outbreak
A teaching hospital has had to contact more than 1,000 staff and patients after a “unique, unexpected transmission” of tuberculosis between a patient, a staff member and another patient. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Guide launched to 'empower' nurses treating complex TB patients
A new guide has been launched to help nurses better support patients struggling with life-limiting side effects such as hearing loss and fatigue from treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 25, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nigeria:Global Fund Announces $660 Million Grant for Nigeria
[Vanguard] The Global Fund, an International Financing Organisation, has announced an additional humanitarian grant of 660 million dollars to tackle HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemic in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 25, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists are now looking at orchids as a source of alternative remedies for asthma, malaria
(Natural News) An Indian study tested the antimycobacterial, antibacterial, and leishmanicidal properties of three different species of orchids from the northern province of Arunachal Pradesh. Fractions and extracts from these medicinal plants offered alternative therapies for asthma, malaria, and tuberculosis, and visceral leishmaniasis. The tested plants are the foxtail orchid (Rhynchostylis retusa), duan sui zhu jing... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tuberculosis CURED in 90% of cases with new drug hailed by doctors as 'game changer'
Doctors in Belarus tested the method, which uses the drug bedaquiline with other antibiotics, on 168 patients. The country has one of the highest rates of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the world. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa:MSF Calls on US Pharma Corporation Johnson & Johnson to Cut Key TB Drug Price in Half
[MSF] People with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) continue to be deprived of today's best-possible treatment in part because of high drug prices, according to a new report - DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope - released today by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 24, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news