Nigeria:Gombe Risks Undetected Leprosy Cases - Expert
[Leadership] The officer in charge of Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Unit in Gombe State, Dr Mustapha Musa, has said that the state stand the risk of an increase in the number of undetected leprosy cases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sierra Leone:Lawmakers Order Release of Container Drugs Held At Quay
[Concord] Plans by the Sierra Leone Ports Authority to auction a container loaded with HIV/AIDs, Malaria and Tuberculosis drugs was thwarted last week after lawmakers reached a resolution for the drugs to be released immediately and distributed to various health centres across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New Project Will Bring High-Quality HIV Services to the People Who Need Them Most in Five Central American Countries
August 07, 2018​IntraHealth International will expand its HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts in Central America with a new $15 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Strengthening Care and Treatment Cascade Project will help El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama improve the quality and reach of their HIV services and allocate more resources where they are most needed.While the overall HIV prevalence is low in these countries, the epidemic is concentrated among key groups, including men who have sex with men, transgender women, and female sex workers. Despite these...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Inuk woman 'begging and pleading' for help fighting tuberculosis in Nunavut
Bernice Clarke's mother was sick with tuberculosis and succumbed to complications resulting from treatment in 2015. Now Clarke is asking why she's still "begging and pleading" the government for help as Nunavut's tuberculosis crisis continues. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Texas Biomed's national primate research center to get new leader
Deepak Kaushal, acclaimed for his research in tuberculosis, as been named director of Texas Biomedical Research Institute's Southwest National Primate Research Center. The Alamo City facility is one of seven such centers supported by the National Institutes of Health. Kaushal, recruited by Texas Biomed President and CEO Dr. Larry Schlesinger, will be responsible for leading a national operation funded by $40 million in NIH grant money. He will also lead nearly 1 50 scientists, veterinarians and other… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 6, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Rifampin Effective for Latent Tuberculosis in Children
MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 -- In children with latent tuberculosis, a regimen of four months of rifampin has better rates of completion than nine months of isoniazid, with similar safety profiles, according to a study published in the Aug. 2 issue of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mycobacterium bovis Infection in a Human in Malaysia
Mycobacterium bovis is a zoonotic microorganism that can be transmitted to humans by ingestion and inhalation and, less frequently, by direct contact through mucous membranes and broken skin. Clinically, tuberculosis (TB) caused by M. bovis in humans is indistinguishable from TB caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Specific diagnosis of Mycobacterium infection may be achieved only by using a series of laboratory tests, including mycobacterial growth characteristics, biochemical properties, susceptibility to pyrazinamide (PZA), and molecular methods. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - August 4, 2018 Category: Microbiology Authors: Siti Suraiya, Nur Izzah Farakhin Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

Rifampin Similar to Isoniazid for Preventing Active Tuberculosis
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- A four-month regimen of rifampin is similar to a nine-month regimen of isoniazid for the prevention of active tuberculosis, according to a study published in the Aug. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dick... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Research shows how hungry bacteria sense nutrients in their environment
(University of Leicester) University of Leicester research sheds light on how bacteria regulates metabolism which could help to combat infectious diseases including tuberculosis (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic regimen helped prevent TB infection from becoming disease
A different antibiotic regimen was effective in preventing people with latent tuberculosis infection from developing the full-blown lung disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New tuberculosis treatment could help tackle global epidemic
One quarter of the world ’s population has latent tuberculosis - with 10.4m new cases and 1.7m deaths reported in 2016 aloneA new, shorter and safer drug regime for latent tuberculosis could help curb the global epidemic by increasing the numbers successfully treated and reducing the pool of infection, researchers believe.Two groundbreaking studies, one in adults and the other in children, have trialled a less toxic drug than the one in current use worldwide for latent TB and cut the treatment time from nine months to four.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 1, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Tuberculosis Medical research Global health Global development Science Society Antibiotics Source Type: news

Latent TB treatment: Shorter is better
(McGill University Health Centre) Treatment of latent tuberculosis is set to transform after a pair of studies from the Research-Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) revealed that a shorter treatment was safer and more effective in children and adults compared to the current standard. These findings are published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 1, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Otago researcher claims new study a step forward in fight to eliminate tuberculosis
(University of Otago) The McAuley Professor of International Health at the University of Otago is labelling the findings of new international collaborative research a step forward in the fight to eliminate the world's top infectious disease killer, tuberculosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 1, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Traces on George Orwell letter suggest he caught TB from Spanish hospital
Scientist claims it is likely that the illness that killed the novelist was contracted after he was wounded in the Spanish civil warScientific tests carried out on a letter sent by George Orwell shortly after his return from the Spanish civil war have suggested he may have caught the tuberculosis that killed him in a Spanish hospital.The letter, written after the author came home from fighting against Franco ’s fascist uprising in July 1937, was sent by Orwell to Sergey Dinamov, the editor of the Soviet journal Foreign Literature. It was tested by Gleb Zilberstein, a scientist who has previously identified traces of ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alison Flood Tags: George Orwell Books Culture Manuscripts Science Spain Europe Source Type: news

Tufts Ramnath Subbaraman selected to receive Doris Duke Charitable Foundation award
(Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus) Ramnath Subbaraman, a Tufts University School of Medicine assistant professor of public health and community medicine, has been selected to receive a 2018 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The award supports his research to improve tuberculosis care in India. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Q & A: Leprosy Increases as World Gives Attention to Newer Endemic Diseases
A young boy from the Philippines with leprosy. The chronic disease is curable, and if treated in time disabilities related to the disease can be averted. Courtesy: moyerphotos/CC By 2.0By Elisio MuchangaMAPUTO, Jul 30 2018 (IPS)In the first six months of this year, the southern African nation of Mozambique has already registered 300 more cases of leprosy, some 951 cases, than it registered for the whole of 2017.The country, which had previously eliminated the chronic disease in 2008, is receiving funding from the Nippon Foundation—a non-profit philanthropic organisation from Japan that is active in many countrie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elisio Muchanga Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Nippon Foundation Source Type: news

81 people possibly exposed to tuberculosis at Calgary-area school
Eighty-one people at a Calgary-area school have potentially been exposed to tuberculosis, says Alberta Health Services. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Global Health Community Says The U.S. Is Picking Big Business Over Patients Again
In a growing trend, the U.S. finds itself alone in a fight over a proposed U.N. declaration -- this time on tuberculosis. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 26, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

800,000 Zambians Receive HIV Services as HTC Project Worked to Curb the Country ’s Epidemic
July 25, 2018Close to 800,000 Zambians received HIV services —including testing, counseling, antiretroviral therapy (ART), tuberculosis screening, and more—through IntraHealth International’sHTC Project, which for five years focused on serving clients who are often the most difficult (and crucial) to reach.Throughout 2012 –2018, the project provided HIV care and services to female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgendered individuals, prison inmates, couples, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, adolescent girls and young women, adolescent boys and young men, cross-border traders, seasona...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

HTC Project Brought HIV Services to 800,000 Zambians
July 25, 2018Close to 800,000 Zambians received HIV services —including testing, counseling, antiretroviral therapy (ART), tuberculosis screening, and more—through IntraHealth International’sHTC Project, which for five years focused on serving clients who are often the most difficult (and crucial) to reach.Throughout 2012 –2018, the project provided HIV care and services to female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgendered individuals, prison inmates, couples, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, adolescent girls and young women, adolescent boys and young men, cross-border traders, seasona...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Malawi:Mutharika to Lead Global Fund Conference in France
[Nyasa Times] Malawian President Peter Mutharika has been asked by the Global Fund to champion and lead next year's conference in France to fight HIV and Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HIV-TB Connection: Key to Ending Infections
Michelle, a transgender peer educator, walks through her village in Joyce Bay, Port Moresby. Credit: Tom MaguireBy Tom MaguireLONDON, Jul 24 2018 (IPS)A group of teenage boys huddle around Michelle in the mangroves behind Joyce Bay, a spot frequented by men who have sex with men (MSM) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). She asks them how regularly they have sex and whether they have been tested for HIV or tuberculosis (TB). Her questions are met with giggles, intrigue and confusion. It turned out that none of the eight present have been tested for either disease. Michelle is a peer educator working to test key populat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tom Maguire Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Kenya:Alarm As Children Miss Vaccines Due to Health Workers' Strikes
[Nation] A prolonged health workers strike last year has cost the country its gains in immunisation coverage, exposing children under one year to polio, pneumonia and tuberculosis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 23, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:How Prison Conditions Fuel the Tuberculosis Epidemic
[IPS] Washington DC -Dozens of grown men peered from behind the barred doorway of a crammed window-less prison cell, eyes pleading desperately from sweaty faces. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Updated Isoniazid-Rifapentine Regimen to Treat Latent TB Updated Isoniazid-Rifapentine Regimen to Treat Latent TB
Review the latest CDC recommendations for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection in adults and children.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

How Prison Conditions Fuel the Tuberculosis Epidemic
Inmates at the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Credit: David BrydenBy David BrydenWASHINGTON DC, Jul 19 2018 (IPS)Dozens of grown men peered from behind the barred doorway of a crammed window-less prison cell, eyes pleading desperately from sweaty faces.Their physical discomfort was so palpable, I could almost feel it. Because of my work, I also knew of at least one serious unseen risk facing them – that of contracting tuberculosis in the cramped, poorly ventilated space. Touring the largest prison in Port-au-Prince was part of a research visit I made there in 2106. Two years later, the image of those...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David Bryden Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Study: Herbal plants found to treat tuberculosis naturally
(Natural News) A major issue facing the medical community today is the rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which hampers current efforts to end the deadly disease globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that while the incidences of tuberculosis have been decreasing by around two percent each year, all effort must be made in exploring every... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How many people die from tuberculosis every year?
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) The estimates for global tuberculosis deaths by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) differ considerably for a dozen countries, according to a study led by ISGlobal. The results highlight the need to improve the modeling approaches in these countries in order to understand the true burden of the disease and design adequate health policies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic
Despite post-summit detente, ongoing sanctions are keeping lifesaving medicines from North Korean tuberculosis patients and could fan a regional epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Researchers find three herbal plants work better than antibiotics for treating tuberculosis
(Natural News) Researchers analyzed three well-known natural remedies for tuberculosis (TB) to scientifically validate their usefulness in treating the condition. Extracts from the crepe jasmine (Tabernaemontana coronaria), lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), and the crepe ginger (Costus speciosus) were evaluated for their in vitro anti-TB activity at different solvent partitions to identify their most active phytochemical compounds.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Enzyme discovery could help in fight against TB
(University of Warwick) Research by a team led by Dr. Elizabeth Fullam has revealed new findings about an enzyme found in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterium that causes TB. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NEJM publishes final results from phase two study showing vaccines can reduce rate of sustained TB infections
(Burness) Aeras, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing vaccines against tuberculosis (TB), today announced the publication of the full results from a Phase 2, randomized, controlled clinical trial of two TB vaccines-- the currently available BCG vaccine and an investigational vaccine, H4:IC31--in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AI algorithm generates 'artificial' medical images
Researchers from Canada have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ACR Data Science Institute presents 1st AI use cases AI can find, classify pleural effusions on chest x-rays Big data for sale: A solution to spur AI research AI can spot large pneumothoraces on chest x-ray Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays?Comments: 7/10/2018 1:18:13 AMxrayangiodoc Within the limits of the rather tiny thumbnail images shown, I could not describe the AI generated images as, "Looking just like the real thing." 7/10/2018 2:54:51 A...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 10, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

How Mycobacterium tuberculosis escapes death in macrophages
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) The bacteria that cause the devastating disease tuberculosis have the ability to escape destruction and grow after they are engulfed by lung macrophages, the immune cells that are supposed to destroy pathogens. Now researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have described key biochemical steps between the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the macrophage responsible for that ability. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Evacuated Due to Possible TB Exposure Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Evacuated Due to Possible TB Exposure
Two buildings at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, were evacuated on Thursday because people may have been exposed to tuberculosis, a hospital spokeswoman said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Lesotho:Urgent Need for Data for Hepatitis Treatment
[Lesotho Times] Viral hepatitis is an international public health challenge, comparable to other major communicable diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Despite the significant burden it places on communities across the globe, hepatitis has been largely ignored as a health and development priority until recently. 28 June 2018 marked the World Hepatitis Day with the theme "Eliminate Hepatitis". (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The effectiveness of tuberculosis drugs dramatically increases when taken with vitamin C
(Natural News) Tuberculosis is a serious problem, killing 1.7 million people around the world in 2016 and sickening many others. One reason it can be so deadly is because treatment with drugs can take six months or even longer as cells linger. The multidrug variety can take up to two years to treat, and the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Possible release of tuberculosis bacteria investigated in Baltimore
Authorities responded to reports that a small amount of tuberculosis bacteria may have been released at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maryland hospitals evacuated after a tube of tuberculosis was opened
A tube of frozen tuberculosis was being transported from one building at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to another through a bridge that connects them. The tube dropped and opened. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins says "zero risk" after release of tuberculosis
A "small sample of frozen tuberculosis" was inadvertently released in an internal bridge at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two buildings at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, were evacuated on Thursday because people may have been exposed to tuberculosis, a hospital spokeswoman said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore evacuated due to possible TB exposure
Two buildings at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, were evacuated on Thursday because people may have been exposed to tuberculosis, a hospital spokeswoman said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The only way to protect our  NHS? Fund social care | Sonia Sodha
The founding principles of the health service must be extended to social care. Otherwise the NHS will be run into the groundThere ’s so much of modern life we take for granted, but not the NHS. It has a special place in British hearts, outranking the armed forces and theroyal family in what makes us proud to be British. But the NHS is facing two existential tests on its 70th birthday, both of which exert big cost pressures.Back in the 50s, much of its work involved doling out treatment for one-off illnesses such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. Today, those serious infections are less common and the greatest demands on...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sonia Sodha Tags: Ageing NHS Health Society Science Cancer Diabetes Politics UK news Social care Source Type: news

The only way to protect our  NHS? Set up a National Care Service | Sonia Sodha
The founding principles of the health service must be extended to social care. Otherwise the NHS will be run into the groundThere ’s so much of modern life we take for granted, but not the NHS. It has a special place in British hearts, outranking the armed forces and theroyal family in what makes us proud to be British. But the NHS is facing two existential tests on its 70th birthday, both of which exert big cost pressures.Back in the 50s, much of its work involved doling out treatment for one-off illnesses such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. Today, those serious infections are less common and the greatest demands on...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Sonia Sodha Tags: Ageing NHS Health Society Science Cancer Diabetes Politics UK news Social care Source Type: news

New & Resurgent Infectious Diseases Can Have Far-reaching Economic Repercussions
DAVID E. BLOOM is the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, DANIEL CADARETTE is a research assistant, and JP SEVILLA is a research associate, all at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.By David E. Bloom, Daniel Cadarette and JP SevillaWASHINGTON DC, Jul 3 2018 (IPS)Infectious diseases and associated mortality have abated, but they remain a significant threat throughout the world.We continue to fight both old pathogens, such as the plague, that have troubled humanity for millennia and new pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that have mutated or spilled over ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David E. Bloom and JP Sevilla Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Africa:New Drive to Develop Drugs in Africa to Fight Malaria, TB
[allAfrica] Cape Town -In a bid to generate African solutions to African challenges, researchers on the continent are being offered grants to come up with new drugs to fight malaria, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The 'hell' of fighting drug-resistant TB causes some to abandon treatment
Drug-resistant tuberculosis is the world's deadliest superbug. It develops when bacteria that causes tuberculosis, a disease believed to be as old as mankind, stops responding to drugs used to treat it, largely because health-care workers improperly prescribe medicine or patients stop treatment early. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Direct Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Clinical Specimens Using Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests
Tuberculosis continues to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Rapid detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis directly in clinical specimens using nucleic acid amplification tests enables infected patients to be placed on appropriate therapy much sooner than when results of conventional culture methods are used. The availability of rapid results also facilitates infection control measures to interrupt transmission of tuberculosis in healthcare settings. The era of commercially available molecular diagnostics for detection of M. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - June 29, 2018 Category: Microbiology Authors: Ellen Jo Baron, Fred C. Tenover, Devasena Gnanashanmugam Source Type: news

Higher doses of rifampin appear more effective in fighting TB without increasing risk of adverse events
(American Thoracic Society) Higher daily doses of rifampin, a cornerstone of tuberculosis treatment, killed more TB bacteria in sputum cultures, and the higher doses did so without increasing the adverse effects of treatment, according to a randomized controlled trial published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Update of Recommendations for Use of Once-Weekly Isoniazid-Rifapentine Regimen to Treat Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 28, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news