Research unit to tackle respiratory infections launched

Today sees the launch of a new new research unit that will work to prevent and pre-empt future disease pandemics and tackle dangerous respiratory infections such as TB. The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Respiratory Infection is a partnership between Imperial College London and Public Health England (PHE), with TB Alert as the lead third sector […]

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TB management course October dates

A two and a half day advanced course in tuberculosis management and control in the UK is being held from 20 to 22 October 2014. The course being held at the Birmingham & Midland Institute in central Birmingham is for doctors, TB nurses and related non-medical scientists. A wide range of topics will be covered, from microbiology and epidemiology, […]

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Ambitious new TB strategy post 2015

At the World Health Assembly last month, world leaders approved the new post-2015 Global TB Strategy. The strategy has a number of ambitious targets, including reducing TB deaths by 95% and cutting new cases by 90% between 2015 and 2035. Although the world is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goal to reverse the spread […]

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Genes may offer new clue in diagnosis among children

A new test involving genes may improve TB diagnosis rates among children, according to a study in southern Africa funded by the European Union and the Wellcome Trust. In the past, diagnosis of TB among children has proved challenging, especially among those who are malnourished and those with human immunodeficiency syndrome. As a result, many children go undiagnosed much longer than they […]

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Blog: The realities of drug resistance

The threat of antibiotic resistance only became headline news in the UK during recent years, although it had long been known within TB circles as a key global health issue. After all, it was the problem of drug resistance that prevented us using early antibiotics to treat TB – until, that is, Sir John Crofton, […]

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New research could improve TB diagnosis

A study has found that a tuberculosis infection immediately alters the diversity of bacteria in the gut, which means that a stool test could be used to diagnose TB, making the process much simpler and quicker. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Tuberculosis Research in the United States have found there was a decrease […]

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Study seeks improved TB treatment for babies

Researchers in South Africa have begun searching for better, child-friendly tuberculosis treatments for babies in a bid to reduce the number of child deaths from the disease. TB is among the leading causes of death among children in South Africa, but existing treatments for very young children, especially newborn babies, are not effective enough, according […]

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New funding for TB drugs

Low-income and middle countries will see the benefits of $160 million of new grants funded by UNITAID. The funding means these countries will have access to new medicines for drug-resistant TB  and hepatitis C, and the largest-yet global programme for seasonal malaria chemoprevention. Access to new treatments for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) should be speeded up as the result […]

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