Items tagged with Diagnostics

Childhood TB: symptom-based contact screening safe, reliable (post)

From total neglect till a few years ago, childhood TB is now taking centrestage. A couple of days back, the WHO released an updated guidance for national TB programmes (NTPs) on the management of tuberculosis in children.

Blood from children with tuberculosis provides key to diagnosis (post)

The identification of a distinct genetic ‘signature’ in the blood of infected children could turn around notoriously poor TB diagnosis rates, say an international body of scientists.

Breath test for tuberculosis under development at CSU with Gates Foundation funding (post)

FORT COLLINS - Tuberculosis researchers at Colorado State University have landed a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a diagnostic breath test with potential to revolutionize TB testing and to better control the globally devastating infectious disease.

Two rapid TB diagnostic tests are better than one in HIV+ Ugandans (post)

Two rapid TB diagnostic tests had greater sensitivity in diagnosing tuberculosis in HIV-positive Ugandan, according to results of a 103-patient study. Sensitivity of the combined tests approached that of sputum liquid culture testing.

SomaLogic announces extension of funding for development of TB diagnostic test (post)

SomaLogic, Inc., announced today that it has received additional funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop and validate a SOMAmer-based tuberculosis (TB) biomarker assay for the accurate identification of persons with active TB. This new funding recognizes and extends the successful work completed under the initial TB biomarkers grant awarded to SomaLogic in January 2012 through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges in Global Health program.

South Africa: GeneXpert’s benefits still not reaching patients (post)

The Department of Health’s multi-million rand investment in an automated, rapid TB test is being short-changed by slow health systems, said researchers this week.

Low-cost TB test means quicker, more reliable diagnosis for patients (post)

A new test for tuberculosis (TB) could dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for one of the world’s deadliest diseases, enabling health care providers to report results to patients within minutes, according to a study published this week in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

Rollout strategy is key to battling India’s TB epidemic, researchers find (post)

A new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggests that getting patients in India quickly evaluated by the right doctors can be just as effective at curbing tuberculosis (TB) as a new, highly accurate screening test.

Epistem announces collaborative agreement with Global Health Investment Fund I, LLC. (post)

Epistem Holdings Plc (Epistem), the personalised medicine and biotechnology company, announced that it has entered into a collaborative funding agreement with the Global Health Investment Fund I, LLC (GHIF) to support the roll-out of its Genedrive® molecular diagnostic platform as the company's tuberculosis assay enters pivotal field trials in key developing world locations.

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