Mozambique turn to technology

The Guardian reports on the roll out of GeneXpert, a rapid testing machine designed to speed up diagnosis of tuberculosis, across Mozambique. The cartridge based machine has been trialled in hospitals in Maputo and Tete with the intention of speeding diagnosis for TB – particularly to identify drug-resistant forms of the illness – from two […]

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We can stop this epidemic

The Guardian reports that the drug pipeline for TB is the best it has ever been, with 10 drugs in clinical testing. Delamanid is currently undergoing review by the European Medicines Agency. This follows closely on the heels of the US Food and Drug Administration approval of bedaquiline in late 2012, the first dedicated new […]

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New primary care resources

TB Alert in association with the Health Protection Agency and Royal College of GPs, have launched a new suite of resources to raise awareness of TB among primary care professionals. The suite includes online TB training for primary care clinicians and a TB resource pack for TB Specialist Nurses. The primary care awareness materials are […]

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EXPOSED: The Race Against TB

EXPOSED is a four-part series of short films that tell the story of the deadly global epidemic of tuberculosis. The series focuses on current efforts to halt this airborne disease, which is growing more difficult to address, as well as the urgent movement to develop new tools to prevent it. By telling the stories of […]

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Disappointing results from TB vaccine efficacy study

The TB world calls for redoubling of efforts for a TB vaccine, after disappointing results from first TB vaccine efficacy study in a century. Results of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial of a novel TB vaccine has demonstrated that the candidate was safe and well tolerated, but that it did not confer efficacy in prevention of […]

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TAG release TB video presentations

Videos from the 2012 International Union Against TB and Lung Disease World Conference in Kuala Lumpur, “Aspiring to Zero TB Deaths, New Infections, and Suffering”, are now available online. Discussion took place around four key topic areas: paediatric TB; case finding and diagnosis; TB treatment; and political will. You can access the presentation videos and […]

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Wirral TB Fundraiser for TB Alert

TB specialist nurse, Lesley Brogelli, is organising a night of entertainment at the Wro Lounge in West Kirby, to raise awareness of TB and funds for TB Alert. Entertainment on the night includes live music, an auction and a raffle. Saturday March 23rd 2013 Tickets: £20 Contact: [email protected] For more details, see the event flyer.

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Thousands potentially exposed to LA TB outbreak

The Daily MailThe Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are actively tracing over 4,500 people that they believe may have been exposed to TB, following a six year-long outbreak among the state’s homeless community. Eleven people have died from the TB since 2007, and a total of 78 cases have been noted. Of these, […]

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Stop TB Partner, CNS, launches the Two by Four Campaign

The Two by Four: 2by4 campaign, hosted by the Citizen News Service (CNS), aims to raise awareness of two key populations and four key issues that need more attention around World TB Day: Women and children Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) Laboratory and diagnostics Private-public partnership (PPP) TB-HIV collaborative activities The campaign runs from 24th February to […]

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TB ‘hiding place’ discovered

The Hindu31 January Recurrence of TB after successful drug treatment is a recognised challenge in tuberculosis control. Recurrence can happen as a result of reinfection, or, as scientists at Stanford University have established, through reactivation of dormant TB bacteria ‘hiding’ in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. The remarkable study published in the Science Translational Medicine […]

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