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  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by bacteria that usually affects the lungs. With careful treatment it can be cured.TB is the single biggest cause...

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  • How TB is passed on

    The bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) can sometimes pass from one person to another through the air. When someone who is ill with TB in...

    From: The basics

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  • Transmission

    Only people with active pulmonary or laryngeal tuberculosis are infectious to other people. People who have latent or extrapulmonary tuberculosis are not infectious. M. tuberculosis...

    From: HIV treatments directory

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  • Preventing TB

    Until 2005, school children in the UK and most other European countries were given a vaccination against TB, called BCG. However, this vaccination does not...

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  • Sanofi: FDA Approves Priftin Tablets To Treat Latent Tuberculosis Infection

    French drug maker Sanofi announced Tuesday that Priftin (rifapentine) tablets for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    02 December 2014 | RTT News
  • Call to action to halt the looming TB-diabetes co-epidemic

    It is time to act and no time to waste. That is the urgent message of the report "The Looming Co-epidemic of TB-Diabetes: A Call to Action" launched jointly by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) at the opening day of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona. The report warns against the brewing storm of diabetes and tuberculosis (TB) that is no longer confined to the teacup.

    29 October 2014 | Citizen News Service
  • WHO launches new guidelines on management of latent TB infection

    For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on testing, treating and managing latent TB infection (LTBI) in individuals with high risk of developing the disease. These guidelines were launched today at the Global TB Symposium just before the start of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona.

    29 October 2014 | Citizen News Service
  • Health Experts: Perfect Storm of Diabetes and Tuberculosis Must Be Headed Off

    The report, The Looming Co-epidemic of TB Diabetes: A Call to Action (1), launched on the opening day of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain October 28 - November 1, synthesizes evidence from the medical and scientific literature, promotes an international policy framework for action, and lays out a new research agenda to fill knowledge gaps. The report challenges the conventional approach to health policymaking, which has historically addressed infectious diseases and noncommunicable (or “chronic”) diseases independently.

    29 October 2014 | International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • Isoniazid significantly reduced TB incidence in HIV patients receiving HAART

    The use of isoniazid as preventive therapy among HIV-infected patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is associated with significantly lower tuberculosis incidence, reported Bethel Shiferaw, MD, MPH, from Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, at IDWeek 2014.

    16 October 2014 | Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR)
  • TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict

    Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health. With thousands of people fleeing the region every day, medical supplies severely disrupted and those left behind under growing physical stress and increasingly unable to access medical services, conditions are ripe for a rise in new TB cases.

    20 August 2014 | InterPress Service
  • South Africa: Antiretrovirals Credited for TB Decline

    South Africa is seeing about 79,000 fewer TB cases annually thanks to increased HIV treatment uptake, according to the latest research from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID)

    13 June 2014 | Health-e
  • New Study Shows Smoking Tobacco Doubles Risk of Recurrent Tuberculosis

    The study is the most robust ever conducted into how smoking tobacco increases the risk of recurrent TB. It appears in the April issue of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.Regular tobacco smokers were defined as individuals who smoked 10 or more cigarettes—equivalent to half a pack—per day.

    24 March 2014 | International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • South African healthcare workers face greater risk for TB, HIV

    A large-scale survey of South African healthcare workers has revealed major gaps in workplace protection against tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis.

    17 February 2014 | Science Daily
  • Major South African Trial Did Not Improve Tuberculosis Control in Gold Mines

    A major trial aiming to cut the rate of tuberculosis among South Africa's gold miners did not reduce the number of cases or deaths from the disease, according to a study.

    27 January 2014 | Science Daily
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