Vitamin C can kill drug resistant tuberculosis bacteria

Vitamin C and Tuberculosis — Study Finds Vitamin C Can Kill Drug-Resistant TB – In a striking, unexpected discovery, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have determined that vitamin C kills drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in laboratory culture.

Sirturo – first drug to treat multi drug resistant tuberculosis

FDA approves first drug to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sirturo (bedaquiline) as part of combination therapy to treat adults with multi-drug resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) when other alternatives are not available.

What role genes play in treating TB

Scientists to study the role genes play in treating TB – The University of Liverpool has been awarded funding to determine whether differences in our genes determine how patients respond to drugs used to treat Tuberculosis (TB) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Totally drug resistant tuberculosis TDR TB reported in India

Cases of TDR TB (Totally drug resistant Tuberculosis) reported in India – For the first time in India, 12 people have been detected with totally drug-resistant lung tuberculosis (TDR-TB), a condition in which patients do not respond to any TB medication and for which the mortality rate is 100 percent.

Tuberculosis TB declined first time says WHO

Tuberculosis TB declined first time says WHO — Number of people with TB falls for 1st time – WHO reports for the first time that the number of people falling ill with tuberculosis (TB) each year is declining. New data, published today in the WHO 2011 global tuberculosis control report, also show that the number of people dying from the disease fell to its lowest level in a decade.

Drug resistance TB cases rising in Europe

World’s highest rates of drug resistance in new tuberculosis patients are in Europe – Nobody in Europe is 100 percent protected from drug-resistant tuberculosis, said Ogtay Gozalov, a medical officer at the World Health Organization.

Immigrant screening misses majority of imported latent TB

Immigrant screening misses majority of imported latent TB, finds study – Current UK procedures to screen new immigrants for tuberculosis (TB) fail to detect more than 70 per cent of cases of latent infection, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

New genomic marker for tuberculosis

New genomic marker for tuberculosis may help identify patients who will develop the disease — Study highlights how blood profiling techniques could change patient care – It may soon be possible to identify patients who will develop tuberculosis, as scientists have identified changes in the blood specific to the disease.

Protein CCL5 may fight against tuberculosis

Body’s own proteins may lead the way in global fight against tuberculosis – Protein CCL5 protects against Mycobacterium tuberculosis by attracting protective immune cells, which help control bacterial growth, revealed in a new research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

Tuberculosis cases hit record low despite recent outbreak, US

State Public Health Director Announces Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low Despite Recent Outbreak — Illinois still ranks 5th in the nation for highest number of TB cases – In recognition of World Tuberculosis Day, Dr. Damon T. Arnold, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), announced an all time low for the number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in Illinois.