Inaccurate TB blood tests commonplace in many TB high-burden countries

Although recent press attention has highlighted the problematic use of TB serological tests by medical providers in India, a new paper in The European Respiratory Journal (Widespread use of serological tests for tuberculosis: data from 22 high-burden countries) demonstrates that the use of these tests is much wider spread.

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South Africa: Africans die of TB, whites die of heart disease

Tuberculosis is the number one killer of Africans in South Africa, according to the latest South Africa Survey, published by the South African Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg last week.

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Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis today

The February issue of the World Health Organization bulletin.

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UNITAID HIV, TB and Malaria Medicines Landscape report

Progress report on emerging issues and potential opportunities to improve access.

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Drug-resistant tuberculosis: What it is, why it’s here, and how we should respond

In the evolutionary arms race between human and bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis appears to be pulling ahead.

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Why is research critical to stop tuberculosis?

Dr Christian Lienhardt discusses the International Roadmap for Tuberculosis Research - a framework outlining priority areas for investment in TB research.

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HIV/TB Research meeting in conjunction with CROI 2012

WHO in collaboration with the Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic (CREATE) and the TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership is organizing the 6th CROI affiliated HIV/TB research meeting which will be held on Monday 5 March 2012, 11:30-13:30 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle in Seattle, USA.

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Point-of-care diagnostics for HIV and TB: Landscape, pipeline, and unmet needs

Early diagnosis and rapid initiation of treatment remains a key strategy to control both HIV and TB. However, HIV and TB control programs have had completely contrasting successes, especially with the development and deployment of point-of-care diagnostics.

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India's Ministry of Health dismisses claims of Totally Drug-Resistant TB

In a January 17 statement, India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare "dismissed reports that a form of incurable tuberculosis [TB] has arrived in the country," saying "that a team of doctors sent by the ministry found that seven of the patients are responding to treatment" and the cases would be classified and managed as extremely drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), Nature News Blog reports (Jayaraman, 1/19).

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TB and a gene mutation that causes lung cancer linked

Tuberculosis (TB) has been suspected to increase a person's risk of lung cancer because the pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis can induce genetic damage. However, direct evidence of specific genetic changes and the disease have not been extensively reported.

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