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  • IDSA Guidelines Recommend Newer Tests to Diagnose Tuberculosis

    Patients at risk for latent or active tuberculosis (TB) infection should be assessed with newer tests, including interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) and molecular diagnostics, recommend guidelines on TB diagnosis developed by the American Thoracic Society (ATS), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Advances in testing prompted the first new guidelines on TB diagnosis in 17 years.

    19 December 2016 | IDSA
  • Underfunding ‘nightmare’ hampers the global TB battle

    There is a “nightmare of underfunding” for tuberculosis (TB), described by experts as “the greatest infectious disease killer on the planet”.

    31 October 2016 | Health-e
  • South Africa’s healthcare workers hard hit by TB infections

    Exposure to infectious patients, high HIV rates and a lack of ventilation in facilities are some of the reasons healthcare workers in South Africa have the one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) infection rates in the world.

    27 October 2016 | Health-e
  • 2016 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2015: No Time To Lose

    Tuberculosis (TB) killed 1.8 million people in 2015, making it the most deadly infectious disease worldwide, but funding for research into better TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment dropped by US$53.4 million, according to Treatment Action Group’s 2016 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2015: No Time to Lose.

    26 October 2016 | Treatment Action Group
  • ‘True Scale’ of India’s Tuberculosis Problem: 2.8 Million New Cases

    Finally coming to terms with the enormity of its tuberculosis problem, India is preparing a radical overhaul and expansion of its national treatment program to fight an affliction that kills more adults worldwide than any other infectious disease.

    17 October 2016 | New York Times
  • WHO report warns global actions and investments to end tuberculosis epidemic are falling far short

    New data published by WHO in its 2016 "Global Tuberculosis Report" show that countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect, and treat the disease if they are to meet global targets.

    14 October 2016 | World Health Organization
  • The Lancet: Migrants screened for active tuberculosis pose negligible risk of spreading infection but can still get disease later

    Tuberculosis incidence in the UK has declined over the past four years, with fewer numbers of new migrants diagnosed with the disease. A new study, published in The Lancet finds that migrants arriving on visas to the UK from countries at high risk of TB and who were pre-screened for TB, pose a negligible risk of onwards infection, despite being at increased risk of developing TB themselves.

    13 October 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Zimbabwe study sees TB go down as HIV treatment coverage goes up

    As the numbers of people accessing HIV treatment went up in Zimbabwe, the numbers of reported tuberculosis cases were cut nearly in half.

    06 October 2016 | Science Speaks
  • New TB report shows continuing decline in cases in England

    New 2015 data shows evidence of positive start to the early implementation of the TB Strategy with cases down by a third since 2011 peak.

    28 September 2016 | Public Health England
  • Professor Stephen Lawn

    Steve Lawn, who made major contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis among populations affected by HIV/AIDS, and to reducing the burden of HIV-associated TB, has died at the age of 50. His pioneering work has resulted in over 250 publications including many influential papers particularly on rapid diagnostic screening for TB, and making important contributions to World Health Organization guidelines.

    28 September 2016 | LSHTM TB Centre
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