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Modern life fuels an old infection: Could diabetes inflame the TB epidemic?

As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB). It is not widely known that diabetes also triples the risk a person will develop TB. "Diabetes reduces peoples immunity," says Dr. Anthony Harries, senior adviser to the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases . "The same biology underlies the interaction between TB and HIV, which attacks and destroys your immune system. Globally we have about 2 billion people with latent TB. Put diabetes into that equation and you immediately see there is a problem."

Published
20 November 2014
From
CNN
One third of TB cases in Eastern European HIV clinic survey multi-drug resistant

Around one-third of people living with HIV in Eastern Europe who were diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) had multidrug-resistant TB, according to the findings of a global

Published
05 November 2014
By
Alain Volny-Anne
TB activists call for a bigger piece of the pie from the Global Fund

Today (October 31) TB activists interrupted the plenary session at the 45th Conference on Lung Health, calling on the Global Fund and partners to increase the amount of funds allocated to TB without jeopardizing funding to HIV and malaria and other diseases.

Published
04 November 2014
From
TB Online
45th Union World Conference on Lung Health: TB activists speak out

At a symposium on Saturday entitled “Community driven solutions: present perspectives and future vision”, four community TB activists shared their goals and challenges as they work to elevate tuberculosis awareness and ensure humane supportive care to patients with tuberculosis.

Published
04 November 2014
From
Science Speaks
Russia: Lawmakers, medics urge compulsory treatment of tuberculosis

Is it right to resort to compulsion to cure a sick person? Russian legislator Alexander Kravets is going to initiate a legal act which, if adopted, will empower medics to send tuberculosis patients who refuse to receive medical aid to hospitals for compulsory treatment without waiting for a court ruling. “On the excuse of human rights protection people infected with the tubercle bacillus are free to go wherever they want without any medical supervision,” says Kravets.

Published
31 October 2014
From
TASS
Preliminary Data Show High Success Rate for Dramatically Shortened Multidrug-resistant TB Treatment Option

A nine-month treatment regiment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) appears to be as effective as a 12-month regiment, according to data from two new studies being presented today at the 45th World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona, Spain.

Published
31 October 2014
From
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Increased expenditure on social security has benefits for TB control in the EU

Increased expenditure on social protection programmes – sickness, disability and unemployment benefits, old age pensions, housing support – is associated with improved tuberculosis (TB) control, according to an

Published
30 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
29 October 2014
From
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.

Published
29 October 2014
From
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.

Published
29 October 2014
From
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
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