GSK vaccine success a milestone in TB, but room for improvement
An experimental GlaxoSmithKline vaccine could prevent tuberculosis developing in half of those who receive it, making it potentially the first new shot against the global killer in a century, researchers said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bill Gates Talks to TIME About a Coming ‘Third Wave’ of Development in Africa
There’s a very big difference between simple and easy—especially when it comes to global health. It’s simple to eradicate polio—just get all children are vaccinated. It’s simple to reduce nighttime malaria infections—make sure everyone in malaria-endemic areas sleeps under a bed net. But none of that is easy. The tension between simple and easy is at play when it comes to eradicating poverty in the developing world too, as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation makes clear in its second annual Goalkeepers Data Report. In a conversation with TIME, Bill Gates points to two recent waves of...
Source: TIME: Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime public health Source Type: news

FT Health: D-Day for tuberculosis
Mariam Claeson, Coke and cannabis, the toxic school run (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - September 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Swollen pinky finger was a rare sign of deadly tuberculosis for Californian woman, 42
Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, revealed the case of a woman who was diagnosed with what they call a 'rare' manifestation of tuberculosis outside of the lungs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: ‘ Latent ’ Tuberculosis? It ’ s Not That Common, Experts Find
Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “ a fundamental misunderstanding. ” (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Tuberculosis Epidemics Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) BMJ (Journal) General Assembly (UN) World Health Organization Source Type: news

Five myths about global efforts to combat tuberculosis
On September 26, world leaders will convene in New York for the first-everUnited Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Ending Tuberculosis (TB). This event could not be more critical – or more timely – because even though TB kills more than one million people per year, it has not received enough attention from global policymakers. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - September 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Megan Van Etten Tags: Fact Check Source Type: news

Scientists make significant discovery in the fight against drug-resistant tuberculosis
(Newcastle University) Researchers from Newcastle University and Demuris Ltd have identified that a naturally occurring antibiotic, called kanglemycin A -- related to the antibiotic rifampicin -- is active against rifampicin-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A naturally occurring antibiotic active against drug-resistant tuberculosis
(Penn State) A naturally occurring antibiotic called kanglemycin A is effective against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, even in drug-resistant strains, according to an international team of researchers who used chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and X-ray crystallography to show how the compound maintains its activity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO: Global Efforts to End TB'Off Track'WHO: Global Efforts to End TB'Off Track '
Global efforts have averted an estimated 54 million tuberculosis deaths since 2000, but tuberculosis remains the world's deadliest infectious disease and countries are still not doing enough to end it by 2030, WHO says.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Nigeria:10 Million Cases of TB Recorded in 2017 - WHO
[Premium Times] An estimated 10 million people worldwide developed Tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, and the world is far from ending the epidemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) report said on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

LSTM and TB Alliance collaborate to develop new TB therapies
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) This new partnership is supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to research drug regimens to fight drug-resistant tuberculosisLSTM and TB Alliance are collaborating to investigate novel combination drug therapies that could help the fight against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), following an award of £ 1 million from the Medical Research Council (MRC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WHO: Child mortality, tuberculosis crises on track to worsen by 2030
Health crises including child mortality rates and tuberculosis, already affecting millions of people, are expected to worsen by 2030. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tuberculosis Remains World ’s Top Infectious Killer, But A Turning Point May Be Near
A high-level U.N. meeting next week may jolt efforts to fight the treatable, curable disease. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 18, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

UN tuberculosis summit ‘historic opportunity’ to put response ‘back on track’: new WHO report
Countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis – the world’s deadliest infectious disease – by 2030, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, at the release of the latest Global Tuberculosis Report. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Global Fund Accuses Nigerian Cso Officials of Misappropriating Millions Donated to Fight Tuberculosis
[Premium Times] Global Fund, an international donor agency, has accused officials of a Nigerian civil society organisation (CSO) of stealing from money meant for their staff salaries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Global Fund Accuses TB Network of Misappropriating N20m Workers' Salary
[Daily Trust] The Global Fund has accused the Civil Society for the Eradication of Tuberculosis in Nigeria (TB Network) of misappropriating N20, 328, 443 salaries and allowances of employees working on its programmes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New Project Will Use Behavioral Science to Improve Family Planning Services in Uganda
September 17, 2018How can insights into individual behaviors and decisions improve the family planning and reproductive health services Ugandan health workers provide their clients? Through a new award from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, IntraHealth International and ideas42 are teaming up to answer this question.The new research project, called Scale-Up and Capacity Building in Behavioral Science to Improve the Uptake of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services (SupCap, for short) will improve the health and well-being of women of reproductive age in Eastern Uganda by helping increase the modern contrac...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Uganda:New Drug Reduces TB Treatment By 1 Year
[Monitor] Kampala -Patients suffering from multi-drug tuberculosis will be on treatment for only nine months and not nearly two years as it has been, the Ministry of Health has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Namibia:TB Cases Sharply Decreasing
[New Era] The Ministry of Health and Social Services recorded only a nominal decrease of Tuberculosis (TB) cases in the past three years from 9154 cases of active TB reported in 2016, to 8854 in 2017 representing a decrease of a mere 3 percent, while so far this year the figure further decreased to 8575. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia:700 TB Deaths in 2017
[Namibian] ABOUT 700 people died from tuberculosis-related infections in Namibia, while over 8 800 new infections were recorded in 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Revisiting the timetable of tuberculosis
This BMJ analysis notes tuberculosis has a much shorter incubation period than is widely thought, with evidence suggesting most TB cases occur within 18-24 months of infection. This has implications for prioritising research and public health strategies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bacterial Factors That Predict Relapse after Tuberculosis Therapy
This study found decrements of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of isoniazid and rifampin that were below standard resistance breakpoint in drug-susceptible M. tuberculosis strains had influence on treatment outcomes, with risk of relapse increasing together with MIC. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa:Global Fund Partnership Has Saved 27 Million Lives
[Global Fund] Paris -The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released a report today demonstrating that 27 million lives have been saved by the Global Fund partnership. The report shows tremendous progress that has been achieved by efforts to end the epidemics, while highlighting new threats. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Drug Shortages - the Dynamics
[The Herald] In recent months, Zimbabwe has experienced a shortage of one of the most critical drugs for the management of tuberculosis (TB) in its first two months of diagnosis. This tablet, a combination of rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide and ethambutol tablets, also known as FDC-RHZE is imported, costs of which are wholly supported by a development partner. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists develop new drug treatment for TB
(University of Manchester) Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed the first non-antibiotic drug to successfully treat tuberculosis in animals.The team hope the compound -developed after 10 years of painstaking research will be trialled on humans within three to four years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Adding a Chest X-Ray to the WHO Four-Symptom Screening Rule May Help Detect TB in HIV Patients Adding a Chest X-Ray to the WHO Four-Symptom Screening Rule May Help Detect TB in HIV Patients
Adding a chest x-ray to the World Health Organization (WHO) four-symptom screening rule for tuberculosis (TB) may help detect more cases in people living with HIV while decreasing specificity, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - September 11, 2018 Category: Radiology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

AI can distinguish between types of spondylitis on MRI
An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can differentiate between tuberculous...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI can find, classify pleural effusions on chest x-rays AI algorithm predicts lung disease, adverse events on CT Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays? CT lung screening finds cancer in nonsmokers Digital tomosynthesis works well for spinal tuberculosis (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 10, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

The dangers of drug-resistant tuberculosis: What you need to know
There were an estimated 490,000 new cases of multidrug-resistant TB in 2016. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:TB - Nation Can't Afford a Lapse
[The Herald] Miss South Africa 2018, Tamaryn Green fought tuberculosis against all odds. Despite being a medical student, she was not immune to the ailment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 8, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Global Health: Vaccines Against H.I.V., Malaria and Tuberculosis Unlikely, Study Says
Unless the $3 billion spent annually on research triples, the world may not be able to invent vaccines or rapid cures for many ills of the poor. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Tests (Medical) Tuberculosis Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Malaria Third World and Developing Countries Duke University Gates, Bill and Melinda, Foundation Fauci, Anthony S Source Type: news

Nigeria:Fresh Concerns Over Rising TB Cases, Deaths
[Guardian] There are fresh concerns that every individual living in Nigeria will likely be infected with tuberculosis if swift and adequate responses are not taken. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Complete makeover in fight of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
(McGill University Health Centre) Several new medicines have been found to be more effective than traditional ones used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), according to a new international collaborative study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, with these findings precipitating a complete overhaul of worldwide TB treatment guidelines. The study, led by Dr. Dick Menzies, is published in the British medical journal The Lancet today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Govt Will Increase Budgetary Allocation for TB Control
[Leadership] In a bid to stamp out Tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the federal government has pledged to increase the budget allocation to TB control in the 2019 health budget. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Insiders Insight - a TB Advancement Vs. Intellectual Property Rights
[African Arguments] Tuberculosis plagues countries - particularly low- and middle-income countries - around the world, but it's impact on the African continent is disproportionately large. Sixteen of the 30 countries facing the highest burden of TB are in Africa. And there are particular concerns about rising rates of TB strains that are resistant to standard treatment, raising the spectre of higher costs for health systems, less availability of treatment for patients and, ultimately, more TB-related deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Relapse-Free Cure From MDR-TB Higher Than Anticipated
TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 -- The frequency of relapse-free cure from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is higher than previously anticipated, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria:432 Nigerians Die of Tuberculosis Daily - WHO
[Vanguard] No less than 18 Nigerians die of tuberculosis, TB, every hour totalling 432 deaths daily, according to the World Health Organization, WHO, which ranks Nigeria as having the 2nd highest incidence rate in Africa and 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries in the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:WHO, Govt Mull Partnership With Private Sector On TB Control in Nigeria
[Leadership] In a bid to end the scourge of Tuberculosis (TB) reportedly killing 18 Nigerians every hour, a national summit organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health is considering forming a formidable partnership with private sector in the country to nip the problem in the bud. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Behind Big Results in Zambia, Big Ideas and a Creative Team
August 30, 2018Meet some of the people who ’ve been driving major progress in HIV care for members of Zambia’s hard-to-reach key populations.Five years is a very short period in the grand scheme of things. But when the right people work together toward a common goal, great things can be achieved.Great things like reaching 738,951 people with HIV testing and counseling. And of the 10% who tested positive, getting 87% initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART) to help treat the disease.This is what happened in Zambia, whereIntraHealth International has been working to improve HIV testing and counseling and expand ...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

MICs of Isoniazid, Rifampin May Predict Tuberculosis Relapse
Higher MIC in pretreatment M. tuberculosis isolates linked to relapse risk (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 30, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Health tech startup emocha lands $1M NIH grant for Hopkins-led study
Baltimore health tech startup emocha Mobile Health Inc. was awarded a $1 million federal grant to support a new validation study for its technology. The two-year Small Business Innovation Research award comes from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the NIH. The funding will support a study, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, to evaluate how effective emocha's technology is at ensuring patients with tuberculosis stick to their… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - August 30, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

MICs of Isoniazid, Rifampin May Predict Tuberculosis Relapse
THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 -- In pretreatment isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, higher minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of isoniazid and rifampin below the standard resistance breakpoint are associated with increased risk of relapse,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Shortage of TB Drugs Hits Mash West
[The Herald] Mash West -Mashonaland West Province has started rationing supplies of TB drugs, amid a critical nationwide shortage, with priority now being given to hotspots such as Kadoma. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania:TB Healthcare Services Brought Closer to People
[Citizen] The government through the ministry of Health has decentralised Tuberculosis (TB) healthcare services to local authorities so to reduce inconveniences of covering long distances by people to health centres that number 78 countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 30, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cochrane review looks at accuracy of Xpert for the diagnosis of extrapulmonary TB
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) In one-fifth of people with active tuberculosis (TB), the site of disease is outside the lungs (extrapulmonary TB). Some forms of extrapulmonary TB, such as TB meningitis, are extremely dangerous, where a rapid diagnosis can make all the difference to a patient. In a new Cochrane Review, a team of authors reviewed the evidence and assessed the accuracy of the widely-used rapid diagnostic test, mainly used to diagnose pulmonary TB for such cases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yale, South African researchers partner to prevent and treat HIV and TB
A team of Yale researchers have been working in South Africa to improve prevention, care, and treatment for adults and children with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - August 27, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

SimpliciTB clinical trial launched with first patients in Tbilisi, Georgia
(Burness) TB Alliance has initiated a pivotal clinical trial, SimpliciTB (pronounced: sim-plis-i-tee-bee), that will evaluate whether a new four-drug regimen can treat most types of tuberculosis (TB) including multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) more quickly and effectively than currently-available treatments. The first patients have been enrolled at the National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A New Study Says Any Amount of Drinking Is Bad for You. Here ’s What Experts Say
A new study concludes there’s no amount of alcohol consumption that’s safe for overall health — a finding that’s likely to surprise moderate drinkers, and that has left some experts unconvinced. For years, public health officials have said that, while no one should pick up drinking in search of better health, moderate drinking (defined as up to a drink per day for women and up to two per day for men) probably won’t hurt anyone who already imbibes, and may even confer some benefits. This standard is written into the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and is supported by organizations including th...
Source: TIME: Health - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Dr. Thomas Frieden, Former Head of CDC, Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge
Dr. Thomas Frieden, who directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2009 to 2017, was arrested on a sex abuse charge Friday after he was accused of grabbing a woman’s buttocks. The 57-year-old doctor turned himself in to New York police in Brooklyn on Friday morning and was charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment, according to the New York Police Department. The charges stem from a complaint filed in July by a 55-year-old unnamed woman who claims Frieden grabbed her buttocks in his New York apartment last October, police said. During his career, Frieden was a widely respected p...
Source: TIME: Health - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park and Gina Martinez Tags: Uncategorized Crime healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Thomas Frieden, Former Head of CDC, Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge
Dr. Thomas Frieden, who directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2009 to 2017, was arrested on a sex abuse charge Friday after he was accused of grabbing a woman’s buttocks. The 57-year-old doctor turned himself in to New York police in Brooklyn on Friday morning and was charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment, according to the New York Police Department. The charges stem from a complaint filed in July by a 55-year-old unnamed woman who claims Frieden grabbed her buttocks in his New York apartment last October, police said. Frieden issued a statement denying the allegations,...
Source: TIME: Health - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park and Gina Martinez Tags: Uncategorized Crime healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million Globally Each Year
Worldwide, alcohol use was the seventh-leading risk factor for early death and disability in 2016. It was the top cause for early death and disability among 15- to 49-year-olds, accounting for one in 10 deaths. In this age group, the main causes of alcohol-related deaths were tuberculosis (1.4 percent), road injuries (1.2 percent) and self-harm (1.1 percent), the findings showed. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news