Ayushman plan brilliant move; India needed it, says Rajiv Malik, President, Mylan
The Nasdaq-listed company will work with the government to expand affordable healthcare for infectious diseases like HIV and tuberculosis, US-based Mylan ’s president Rajiv Malik said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Our aim is to be among top 10 players in India: Rajiv Malik of Mylan
The Nasdaq-listed company will work with the government to expand affordable healthcare for infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis, president Rajiv Malik said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Contact Investigation for an Infant with Congenital Tuberculosis Infection — North Carolina, 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 14, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Geisel Receives Fogarty Grant to Fund Research Collaboration in East Africa
The Geisel School of Medicine has been awarded a 5-year, $1.5 million grant from the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health to support an infectious disease research and training program to combat HIV and tuberculosis (TB) within the newly established Infectious Disease Institute at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School - June 13, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Susan Green Tags: News Research Africa DarDar HIV MUHAS Tanzania TB Source Type: news

TB outbreak in Nain soars to 50 cases
Fifty people in Nain are being treated for tuberculosis, up from six suspected cases in April, although health officials say the spread of the disease is showing signs of slowing. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/NL Source Type: news

South Africa:Deputy President David Mabuza - Opening of Fifth South African TB Conference
[Govt of SA] Opening Address by Deputy President David Mabuza at the 5th South African TB Conference, Durban (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:TB in Children Goes Unreported
[The Herald] More than half of childhood tuberculosis (TB) cases are going unreported due to difficulties in diagnosing children, deputy director for Aids and Tuberculosis in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Charles Sandy has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sudan:High Maternal Mortality Rate in Eastern Sudan's Kassala
[Radio Dabanga] Kassala -The number of people in Kassala state suffering from malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS increased in 2017. The maternal mortality rate rose as well. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

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Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - June 8, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Bill And Melinda Gates Start A Nonprofit Biotech In Boston
The Bill& Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, which is holding an event today to show off its plans, will aim to develop new medicines and vaccines for malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea, which together account for 2.6 million deaths a year globally, many of them in children. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Cost and scale of field trials for bovine TB vaccine may make them unfeasible
(University of Cambridge) Field trials for a vaccination to protect cattle against bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) would need to involve 500 herds -- potentially as many as 75,000-100,000 cattle -- to demonstrate cost effectiveness for farmers, concludes a study published today in the journal eLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 7, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria Has High Tuberculosis Burden, Ranks 7th Globally
[Leadership] The minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewale has said that Nigeria emerged 7th amongst the high TB burden countries globally and second in Africa, which has further underscored the need for concerted efforts towards the reduction of the burden of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 6, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sea reptile that swam the oceans 245 million years ago had tuberculosis
The skeleton of the extinct reptile was dug up at the Gogolin quarry fossil site in Poland by researchers from the Park of Science and Human Evolution in Krasiejow. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:TB Kills Over 1.6 Million People Annually - UN
[Premium Times] The UN has said no fewer than 1.6 million people are killed annually by tuberculosis and the disease would cost about one trillion dollars in economic loss by 2050. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:$40M Needed to Tackle Nigeria's TB Burden, Says Health Minister
[Vanguard] Abuja -Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said, yesterday, that Nigeria needed $40 million to tackle its burden of tuberculosis, which is ranked 7th highest in the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Nigeria Needs N14.4b to Control TB As 420 Die Daily
[Guardian] The Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, Dr. Adebola Lawanson, yesterday disclosed in Abuja that 420 Nigerians die everyday due to tuberculosis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

‘Social drivers’ must be confronted in fight against tuberculosis says UN chief
Winning the fight against Tuberculosis requires that “social drivers” of the disease – especially poverty and inequality – are tackled head on, the United Nations Secretary-General said today, urging greater efforts to provide universal health coverage and combat the growing threat of anti-microbial resistance. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:Where Are the Missing Tuberculosis Patients?
[Citizen] A lot of efforts are done by the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme (NTLP) under the ministry of health and other partners to control TB in Tanzania. Yet, TB remains a major problem and Tanzania is among 30 highly burdened countries globally with TB and TB/HIV co-infection. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - May 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:The Remarkable Story of Hope - How Attitudes to Drug-Resistant TB Changed
[The Conversation Africa] The informal settlement of Khayelitsha in Cape Town is the latest site of a multi country trial that aims to transform the treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Health Minister Quoted Outdated TB Stats for Nigeria, South Africa
[Africa Check] Does Nigeria have the highest incidence of tuberculosis in Africa, as its junior health minister has claimed? New World Health Organisation estimates show it's South Africa with the continent's biggest TB problem. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - May 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

ECDC and EMCDDA make the case for active case finding of communicable diseases in prison
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) What are the most (cost-) effective ways to prevent and control communicable diseases in prison settings? In their Guidance ECDC and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, present the evidence on active case finding as key measure to diagnose communicable diseases early. The two agencies advise to actively offer testing for hepatitis B and C and HIV to all people in prison and to conduct universal testing for tuberculosis at prison entry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tuberculosis: Pharmacists develop new substance to counteract antimicrobial resistance
(Martin-Luther-Universit ä t Halle-Wittenberg) Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise worldwide. This is becoming a problem for infectious diseases like tuberculosis as there are only a few active substances available to combat such diseases. Pharmacists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have now found a way to increase the efficacy of a common tuberculosis agent while, at the same time, reducing resistance to it. The research group presents its latest developments in the international journal Molecules. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Link between tuberculosis and Parkinson's disease discovered
(The Francis Crick Institute) The mechanism our immune cells use to clear bacterial infections like tuberculosis (TB) might also be implicated in Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. The findings provide a possible explanation of the cause of Parkinson's disease and suggest that drugs designed to treat Parkinson's might work for TB too. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Advance genetics study identifies virulent strain of TB
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) LSTM's Dr Maxine Caws is co-lead investigator on an advanced genetics study published in Nature Genetics(link is external), which has shown that a virulent strain of tuberculosis (TB) has adapted to transmit among young adults in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. - North Korea Meeting Could Be Make Or Break For Global Health Security
Recently, small amounts of info about North Korea's health system have made their way out of the country. Data points have gone from bad to worse to accusations of massive human rights violations. Malnutrition, tuberculosis, malaria and hepatitis B, are a health security nightmare waiting to happen. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nicole Fisher, Contributor Source Type: news

AI can find, classify pleural effusions on chest x-rays
An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm has shown promising results for finding...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Radiology leaders must counter hype over AI in radiology Will AI cause radiologists to go the way of horses? New framework facilitates radiology AI algorithms AI can spot large pneumothoraces on chest x-ray Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

How intestinal worms hinder tuberculosis vaccination
(PLOS) New research in mice suggests that chronic infection with intestinal worms indirectly reduces the number of cells in lymph nodes near the skin, inhibiting the immune system's response to the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine for tuberculosis. Xiaogang Feng of Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues present these findings in PLOS Pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 17, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

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Preparation for a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on ending tuberculosis Draft multisectoral accountability framework to accelerate progress to end tuberculosis (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Why Do So Many South Africans Die of TB?
[GroundUp] Listeriosis has killed about 200 people since January last year. In the past six months, the outbreak has generated many headlines. There was a huge investigation to identify its source. Once identified, large amounts of meat and other produce were destroyed as a precaution against new infections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - May 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ratting them out: Rats are better at detecting tuberculosis in children than standard tests
(Natural News) Tuberculosis ranks among the top ten causes of death around the world, mainly in low-income countries. One problem that makes it difficult to treat is the inability to detect it in the first place; the current methods used to find the disease leave a lot to be desired. Cheap smear tests are generally... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Govt Trains 40 Traditional Healers to Tame TB Scourge
[New Zimbabwe] At least 16 people have died of tuberculosis (TB) in Makoni District since January this year as government moves to co-opt both traditional and faith healers in concerted strategies to tame the high burden of tuberculosis and HIV in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi:Men's Non-Compliance to TB Screening Worries Zomba Council
[Malawi News Agency] Zomba -Authorities at Zomba District Council have expressed concern over low men patronage to mobile Tuberculosis (TB) screening initiative currently underway in the district where almost 300 men against 500 women have undergone the rapid tests. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

$27.5M pledged to tame TB in Canada's North may not be nearly enough
The federal government has committed $27.5 million to eliminate tuberculosis in Northern Canada, but family physician Sarah Giles argues that amount may not be enough to tackle the problem. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Beyond killing tuberculosis
(McGill University Health Centre) Historically, our view of host defense against infection was that we must eliminate pathogens to eradicate disease. However, this perspective has recently been challenged as scientists have taken a lesson from plant biologists about an ancient strategy involving the ability to 'tolerate' rather than 'resist' infection to maintain health. This concept, referred to as 'disease tolerance', provides an opportunity to develop new strategies that mitigate the consequences of infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Interferon-gamma Assay Beats Tuberculosis Skin Test in Kids Over 5 Interferon-gamma Assay Beats Tuberculosis Skin Test in Kids Over 5
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

South Africa Gold Producers, Gold Miners Reach $396 Mln Silicosis Settlement South Africa Gold Producers, Gold Miners Reach $396 Mln Silicosis Settlement
South African gold producers agreed a 5 billion rand ($396 million) class action settlement on Thursday with law firms representing thousands of miners who contracted the fatal lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis, officials said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

South Africa miners reach $400 million silicosis settlement with mining companies
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold producers agreed a 5 billion rand ($400 million) class action settlement on Thursday with law firms representing thousands of miners who contracted the fatal lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis, officials said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

South Africa gold producers, gold miners reach silicosis settlement
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African gold producers reached a class action settlement on Thursday with law firms representing thousands of miners who contracted the fatal lung diseases silicosis and tuberculosis, the lawyers said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Reduction in tuberculosis incidence in the UK from 2011 to 2015: a population-based study
This research article reports that decreases in TB rates between 2011 and 2015 were seen in in all non-EU migrant and UK-born populations, whereas there was a small increase in EU-born migrants. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Video app demonstrates similar adherence rates, increased convenience for TB therapies
Replacing the frequent home visits often necessary for tuberculosis treatment with video visits facilitated by an app appears to be a cost-effective, well-received means of ensuring adherence throughout therapy, according to a recently published pilot study. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

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Preparation for a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on ending tuberculosis Development process for a draft multisectoral accountability framework to accelerate progress to end tuberculosis (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - April 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tuberculosis transmission revealed through genomic and spatial analysis
A YSPH researcher looked at the link between residents, migrants, and the transmission of tuberculosis in Songjiang, a district of Shanghai, China. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - April 26, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Repurposed medications enhance tuberculosis treatment in mice
(PLOS) Drugs known as matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitors -- originally developed for other uses, such as cancer treatment -- enhance antibiotic treatment of tuberculosis in mice, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens by Yitian Xu of Cornell University and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cancer drug helps treat tuberculosis by restoring leaky blood vessels
(Duke University) Researchers at Duke University have discovered that an FDA-approved drug designed to treat cancer helps fight tuberculosis in mouse models. The drug is an MMP inhibitor designed to increase the structural integrity of blood vessels in tumors so that other drugs can reach inside them. It performs the same function in the granulomas associated with tuberculosis so that antibiotics can reach the bacteria sheltering within. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Smartphone app keeps an 'eye' on daily tuberculosis therapy
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins researchers report success with asmart phone video-based app that substitutes for a daily in-person visit by a health care worker required for tuberculosis treatment known as directly observed therapy, or DOT. The preliminary study showed that the app may be less costly and may improve privacy concerns raised by patients compared to in-person visits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Publication details IDRI's promising leprosy vaccine candidate
(Infectious Disease Research Institute) A publication in Nature Partner Journals (npj) Vaccines indicates that post-exposure prophylaxis with LepVax, IDRI's leprosy vaccine candidate, not only appears safe but, unlike BCG (a tuberculosis vaccine that provides some protection against leprosy), alleviates and delays the neurologic disruptions caused by Mycobacterium leprae infection in nine-banded armadillos. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists have a promising new approach for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis
In research that promises a new approach to treating an age-old human scourge, scientists have found a way to weaken the bacterium that causes tuberculosis and boost its vulnerability to drugs that are rapidly losing their power to cure.Astudy published Wednesday in the journal Science and Translational... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 25, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Canadians must hold government accountable in Nunavut's tuberculosis outbreak
Dr. Sarah Giles, a freelance journalist and family physician, says Canadians and the media need to pay more attention to the tuberculosis outbreak in Nunavut. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Uganda:Uganda Adopts Faster Cure for TB
[East African] Patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), a more complicated form of the disease, can now heave a sigh of relief after the Ministry of Health formally adopted a new regimen which will reduce treatment time from the current two years to 11 months or less. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - April 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Metal-free tomosynthesis spots success of hip implants
Chinese researchers found that digital tomosynthesis with a metal artifact...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CAD of chest tomosynthesis works best for new readers Digital tomo refines postoperative imaging of hand fractures Digital tomosynthesis works well for spinal tuberculosis DR tomosynthesis gives wrist radiography a hand DR tomo holds promise for fungal pneumonia surveillance (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 23, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news