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Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Decades-old Tools No Match for Today's Drug-resistant TB

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Humanity has lived with, and died from, tuberculosis since recorded history began. The last century brought the hope of ending that tragedy, but success has remained elusive. It's time to make it a reality.

An Ounce of Gold for a Pound of Cure

Kari Stoever | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Kari Stoever

But more than being a precious metal and a hedge against financial apocalypse, the world's gold binge is fueling one of the world's most deadly epidemics -- tuberculosis (TB).

Davos: An Age-old Resort to Cure 'Bad Breath'

Kari Stoever | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kari Stoever

If the global leaders in Davos don't invest in innovative new tools like TB vaccines, a world without effective antibiotics may be what awaits us. I hope Bono's voice is rested.

Bone Marrow Stem Cells May Cure Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living

* Early study shows stem cell infusion can cure superbug TB * Researchers say more research needed to test treatment * S...

My Four-year Battle with Tuberculosis

Natalie Skipper | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Natalie Skipper

I was home alone one morning in March when my nurse called with devastating news: I had tuberculosis. I quickly sank to my knees. I couldn't believe it -- there had to be some sort of mistake.

Behind the Revolution of Diagnosis That Led to the HIV Miracle Baby...and More

Cheryl Contee | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Cheryl Contee

UNITAID is a small but scrappy group based within the World Health Organization that is applying 21st century solutions to age-old problems using a 1-2 punch of innovative financing and futuristic technology.

A Call for History Makers

Endalkachew Demmisse | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Endalkachew Demmisse

This is my call -- from a poor nation to history makers -- to be the generation who can change the course of history. Let's march mercilessly against TB, HIV and malaria. In an age of vaccines, antibiotics and dramatic scientific progress, these diseases can be brought under control.

Harnessing New Technologies to Tackle an Old Disease

Dr. Yanis Ben Amor | Posted 05.23.2013 | Impact
Dr. Yanis Ben Amor

Though more than 3,500 people worldwide died of TB today, you won't see it reported in headlines of any major American newspaper. Neither will you see that March 24 is World TB Day simply because for many Americans it is a disease that doesn't hit home, but this could quickly change.

Here I Am: Voices From the Fight Against Tuberculosis

Lucy Chesire | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

While many will mark World TB Day this coming Sunday the 24th, it's not really a day for celebration. It's hard to celebrate something that still kills close to 1.5 million people each year in the 21st century despite the fact that everyone could have been treated or cured.

New Technology Can Save Lives From an Ancient Disease

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Created in 2006, UNITAID is largely financed by a small tax on airline tickets and last year invested $30 million to roll out a new rapid test for tuberculosis, known as GeneXpert.

Funding Needed To Tackle Spread Of Drug-Resistant TB, Health Officials Say

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) - Deadly strains of tuberculosis (TB) resistant to multiple drugs are spreading around the ...

Here I Am: Fighting and Beating MDR-TB in Moldova

Lucy Chesire | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

One of my new friends is an amazing woman -- Oxana Rucsineanu from Moldova. Through our shared personal experiences with tuberculosis, we connected immediately and realized that we have a shared vision on being part of ending global TB.

Here I Am: A Kenyan Story of Hope in the Face of Drug-resistant TB

Lucy Chesire | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

Edward is lucky to have been diagnosed in time; the most common methods for testing drug resistance can take between six and 16 weeks. Luck shouldn't have anything to do with it: Many patients lose their lives before it is even known that they have drug-resistant TB.

Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Drug Backed By FDA Panel

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living

By Ransdell Pierson Nov 28 (Reuters) - An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday voted that an experimen...

President Obama and Gov. Romney: What Will You Do About Superbugs?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

Amongst the bayonets and bravado, there was no discussion about how either candidate would use the office of the president to address the top global health challenges. Neglecting to head off threats from superbugs now will lead to calamitous consequences later.

New Hope For Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Oct 17 (Reuters) - An antibiotic used to treat severe bacterial infections showed promise at treating a ...

Fewer TB Cases Last Year, But Drug-Resistance A Worry, WHO Says

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living

* New tools to fight TB being developed * Diagnoses of drug resistant TB lagging By Julie Steenhuysen CHI...

Alarming Levels Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Found Worldwide

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living

* Eight country study finds high rates of drug resistance * Resistant strains more costly to treat, often more fatal * A...

New G20 Austerity Measures Required To Address Tuberculosis

Kari Stoever | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Kari Stoever

Tuberculosis is a political disease. And like many neglected infectious diseases, it won't stay silent for long.

1 In 10 Tuberculosis Cases In China Is Drug-Resistant

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living

BEIJING — One in 10 cases of tuberculosis in China cannot be treated by the most commonly-used drugs, driven by a lack of testing and misuse of ...

Is This The Root Of India's Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis?

AP | MUNEEZA NAQVI | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living

NEW DELHI — India's inadequate government-run tuberculosis treatment programs and a lack of regulation of the sale of drugs that fight the disea...

WHO Identifies Countries With Highest Levels Of Drug-Resistant TB

AP | Posted 02.02.2012 | Healthy Living

LONDON -- The World Health Organization says the highest levels ever of drug-resistant tuberculosis have been found in Russia and Moldova. But the ag...

How Worried Should We Be about 'Totally Drug-Resistant' Tuberculosis?

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living

By Erica Westly (Click here for the original article) A few weeks ago a clinic in Mumbai claimed to have identified a dozen patients with a strain...

'Totally Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis' Reported In India

AP | By MARGIE MASON | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living

-- Indian doctors have reported the country's first cases of "totally drug-resistant tuberculosis," a long-feared and virtually untreatable form of t...

Killer Tuberculosis Epidemic Threatens The World: UN

McClatchy | Tim Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The world is on the cusp of an explosion of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases that could deluge hospitals and leave physicians fighting a nearly untre...