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Drug-resistant tuberculosis at crisis levels, warns WHO

Multi drug-resistant tuberculosis remains at crisis levels, with about 480,000 new cases this year, and various forms of the lung disease killed about 1.5 million people in 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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'Superbug' TB infects 32,000 kids every year

As many as 32,000 children worldwide become sick each year with a drug-resistant "superbug" strain of tuberculosis, according to new estimates by US researchers that for the first time quantify rates of this difficult-to-treat form of

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Warning on global TB threat, funding gap

  Deadly strains of tuberculosis (TB) resistant to multiple drugs are spreading around the world, and authorities urgently need another $1.6 billion a year to tackle them, global health officials said on Monday. &nbs

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Revived search for TB vaccine may be about to pay off

After nearly 100 years, researchers could be on the verge of finding a vaccine that would eradicate tuberculosis infections, a scourge that kills 1.4 million people a year. Global health experts are eagerly awaiting clinical trial

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US new drug approvals hit 16-year high

US regulators approved 39 new drugs in 2012, the most in 16 years, suggesting that pharmaceutical makers are poised for growth after losing billions of dollars in recent years to generic drug makers because of patent expirations.

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World TB cases decline for first time ever

The number of people getting sick with tuberculosis declined last year for the first time, while the death toll reached its lowest level in a decade, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. In 2010, 8.8 million people fell ill with

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‘Dangerous TB spreading fast’ in Europe

Multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) are spreading at an alarming rate in Europe and will kill thousands unless health authorities halt the pandemic, the World Health Organisation(WHO) said on Wednesday.

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TB blood tests faulty, must be stopped: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Wednesday for an immediate halt to the use of blood tests to detect active tuberculosis, saying they were faulty and leave millions of people at risk. Production of the test kits, WHO officials

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Diabetics at 'higher risk of TB infection'

People with diabetes face a much higher risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB) than non-diabetics, according to results of a study published in the May issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. The study, done in medically-und

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Smokers ‘twice as likely to develop active TB’

Smokers are twice as likely to develop active tuberculosis compared to people who have never smoked, a study in Taiwan has found, prompting calls for policymakers to be tougher on smoking. The study tracked nearly 18,000 people in Taiwan r

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