Support for vulnerable patients

A study by TB Alert, on the needs of vulnerable patients during their TB treatment, has been published in the April 2015 Journal of Public Health. Abstract Despite well-established treatment regimens, tuberculosis (TB) remains a public health burden; it disproportionately affects poor and marginalized populations who may not have access to social support, including migrants, homeless […]

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TB and diabetes, experts warn of dual epidemic

One of the fastest emerging risk factors for TB is diabetes. Diabetes triples an individual’s risk of developing TB and makes TB diagnosis and treatment more difficult. Nearly 400 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide, this is expected to rise to nearly 592 million people by 2035 – a rapidly increasing number of whom live in developing countries where […]

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MDR-TB strain in circulation for 40 years

A new study, published in Nature Communications, has charted the rise of drug-resistant TB from the early days of antibiotic treatment to today’s looming public health emergency. The study reconstructs the timeline of antimicrobial resistance acquisition during an outbreak of multi drug-resistant TB in Argentina. The strain that was responsible was found to have developed resistance to isoniazid, […]

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BCG stocks prioritised during delivery delay

Priority for Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG) immunisation is to be given to children considered to be most at risk of tuberculosis, after Public Health England (PHE) announced delays in the supply line. New stocks of the vaccine are expected to be received at the end of May. BCG is a key part of the neonatal vaccination programme, and is […]

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TB Alert is recruiting: International Programme Officer

TB Alert is looking for an International Programme Officer to contribute to the development, management and monitoring of our projects in India and southern Africa, alongside our International Programme Director. We focus on: mobilising communities and building the capacity of local NGOs, communities and patient activists to raise awareness of TB and TB-HIV; increasing access to and […]

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Clue to TB origins found in Hungarian crypt

Hundreds of mummified bodies, found in a church crypt in Hungary, are helping epidemiologists explain how TB spread in the past. Samples from the mummies have revealed that multiple tuberculosis strains derived from a single Roman ancestor that circulated in 18th-century Europe. The individuals, many of them wealthy Catholics, had been placed fully clothed in coffins […]

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Live stream of the 1st Eastern Partnership Ministerial TB Conference

The 1st Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Tuberculosis and Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis will be available to stream live on 30–31 March 2015 from the TB Europe Coalition website. The multi-stakeholder high-level conference is hosted under the Latvian presidency of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with WHO Europe, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and […]

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How nurses can support early diagnosis of TB

An article in the Nursing Times explains how all nurses are essential to TB control and elimination. Though TB patients are cared for by specialist nurses, all front line nurses may encounter TB – especially those who work with high-risk populations, such as migrants, substance users, homeless people and patients who are HIV positive. These nurses are […]

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