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Feb
03

TB vacancy at Naz Project London

TB Alert's partner Naz Project London (NPL) is recruiting for a Tuberculosis (TB) Project Coordinator.

Established in 1991, NPL provides sexual health and HIV prevention, support, advocacy, and informational services to targeted Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in greater London. 
 
The organisation is expanding its work with BAME Ethnic communities and is looking for a dynamic and committed person to deliver a brand new programme raising awareness of TB in the borough of Haringey with at-risk population groups.

The successful candidate must have experience of delivering health promotion outreach activities and possess excellent interpersonal skills.  An ability to speak one or more South Asian or African language is preferable but not essential.

For further information go to www.naz.org.uk/Jobs.php

 

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Jan
28

Drug-resistant TB spreading in Russia

A strain of tuberculosis in Russia has been found to carry mutations that not only makes it resistant to antibiotics but also enable them to spread more effectively, according to experts.

TB quickly became widespread in Russia and the other former Soviet states in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its health system. One explanation for the rise of the drug-resistant type is the incomplete antibiotics treatments received by patients, as reported in a study in the journal Nature.

But the study also looked at samples of the disease from over 2,000 patients and sequenced the genomes of approximately 1,000 of them. Apart from identifying unknown mutations associated with antibiotic resistance, it also discovered “compensatory mutations” that allowed the disease to spread easily.

The World Health Organization estimates that around half of the multi-drug resistant cases in the WHO European region are estimated to be in the Russian Federation.

To find out more, go to ibtimes.co.uk

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Jan
14

Bone marrow stem cells offer new hope for treatment of drug-resistant TB

People with drug-resistant tuberculosis could in future be treated using stem cells from their own bone marrow, according to early results of research by British and Swedish scientists.

In a study in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine Journal, researchers said more than half of 30 patients with drug-resistant TB were cured of the disease after six months. There are an estimated 450,000 people worldwide who have multi drug-resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB, around half of whom fail to respond to existing treatments.

"The results...show that the current challenges and difficulties of treating MDR-TB are not insurmountable, and they bring a unique opportunity with a fresh solution to treat hundreds of thousands of people who die unnecessarily," said TB expert Alimuddin Zumla at University College London, one of the authors of the study.

To find out more, go to Reuters.com

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