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Most commonly used TB test fails to accurately diagnose pregnant HIV+ women

The most commonly used test for tuberculosis fails to accurately diagnose TB in up to 50 percent of pregnant women who are HIV+, new research has found. The research is believed to be the first study to compare the accuracy of two TB tests – the Quantiferon Gold In Tube® blood test and the more commonly used TST or tuberculin skin test—in this population.

Published
26 January 2016
From
Science Daily
LAM point-of-care TB testing reduces mortality in people with HIV/TB co-infection in hospital

All-cause 8-week mortality is reduced by rapid point-of-care urine-based testing for tuberculosis (TB), using a test for detection of mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan (LAM) to guide rapid treatment initiation in

Published
08 January 2016
By
Lesley Odendal
Xpert MTB/RIF testing has reduced MDR-TB treatment delays in South Africa

Although the introduction of the Xpert MTB/RIF test for TB and drug-resistant TB has improved the time from clinic presentation to second-line treatment in South Africa since

Published
07 January 2016
By
Lesley Odendal
Community care workers boost TB case finding among hard-to-reach adults

Community care worker active case finding is an effective tool for increasing TB case detection, according to two studies presented at the 46th Union World Conference on

Published
23 December 2015
By
Lesley Odendal
Low implementation of Xpert MTB/RIF among adults with HIV/TB co-infection in 19 low- and middle-income countries

Three quarters of people with HIV/TB co-infection did not receive Xpert MTB/RIF testing for TB diagnosis between 2012 and 2014, according to a survey of cohorts in

Published
21 December 2015
By
Lesley Odendal
Scientists use breakthrough DNA technology to diagnose cases of TB faster

Whole Genome Sequencing is a faster, cheaper and more effective way of diagnosing tuberculosis says a new study published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Published
07 December 2015
From
University of Oxford press release
London areas have higher TB than Iraq

Parts of London have higher rates of tuberculosis than Rwanda, Iraq or Guatemala, a report from the London Assembly says. Some wards in Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Newham have rates of more than 150 per 100,000.

Published
27 October 2015
From
BBC Health
Large-scale study underscores value of routine Xpert testing on TB, MDR TB case finding

A study of more than 100,000 patients with suspected tuberculosis at 18 sites across India showed that routine testing using Xpert molecular technology rather than the most commonly used — and oldest — diagnostic tool of examining a sputum smear under a microscope, increased detection of TB by 39 percent and led to five times the rate of detecting resistance to a TB treatment medicine.

Published
28 May 2015
From
Science Speaks
Decline in U.S. Tuberculosis Rates Slows: CDC

As health officials in Kansas struggle with an outbreak of tuberculosis at a local high school, federal officials reported Thursday that the annual decline in U.S. cases is slowing.

Published
20 March 2015
From
HealthDay
South Africa: Pledge to turn tide in the war on TB

A massive tuberculosis screening programme to the tune of half a billion rand will begin next month, covering three areas of society most vulnerable to the disease, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday at a briefing held in Pretoria. Every prisoner in the country will be screened for tuberculosis from next month. If inmates test positive, their families will be tracked and also tested for the disease. There are over 150,000 prisoners in South Africa.

Published
17 February 2015
From
Times Live
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