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TB prevention has relied on the same vaccine for 100 years. It's time for innovation

TB is one of the oldest infectious diseases in recorded history. Most of the people who are ill with TB live in low- and middle-income countries where this disease is one of the leading causes of death...

By Bavesh Kana 22 Jul 2021

Study shows a huge burden of undiagnosed disease in a rural South African district

South Africa's massive effort over the years to test and treat people for HIV has drastically improved public health. But in that process, other diseases that are highly prevalent may have been neglected...

By Emily B Wong 28 Jun 2021

Study: HIV and TB co-infection skews Covid-19 T cell response

New research by scientists at the University of Cape Town examined the relationship between SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4 response to Covid-19 severity and impact of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) co-infection...

24 Jun 2021

Six-month treatment effective for multi-drug-resistant TB, study finds

A study has revealed that a novel six-month treatment regimen is effective for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)...

8 Jun 2021

Low trust in authorities affects vaccine uptake: evidence from 22 African countries

In a time when the world is focusing on Covid-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the importance of routine immunisations for diseases such as measles, tetanus and polio...

By Jean-Francois Maystadt, Kalle Hirvonen & Nik Stoop 21 May 2021

Starving TB of sugar could help fight the disease

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is a unique pathogen in that it is able to survive in the human body for decades...

19 Apr 2021

#WorldTBDay2021: Adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV at increased risk

Adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV (APHIV) had a fourfold increased risk of tuberculosis (TB) disease despite access to antiretroviral therapy (ART)...

24 Mar 2021

#WorldTBDay2021: Dramatic strides in research, but with challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the country's TB programme, and led to a decline in the diagnosis rate. Now it seems that the health system is seeing an increase in patients presenting with more advanced TB...

By Mohammed Rassool & Pauline Howell 24 Mar 2021

TB treatments are notoriously hard to stick to: shorter regimens offer a breakthrough

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major cause of illness and death around the world. In 2019, 10-million people fell ill with TB and close to 1.4-million people died. Most (95%) of the cases are in low- and middle-income countries...

By Violet Chihota 23 Mar 2021

First ever national survey shows the extent of South Africa's TB problem

South Africa's long-awaited tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey results were recently released. This is the first national prevalence survey of its kind for TB in South Africa...

By Emily B Wong & Alison Grant 15 Mar 2021

Antiretroviral treatment found to reduce risk of developing active TB - study

Research has discovered that antiretroviral treatment (ART) reduces the risk of developing active TB in HIV co-infected people by reducing the activation of the body's immune response...

11 Mar 2021

Study focuses on better approaches to interrupt TB transmission

Tuberculosis (TB) is ranked as one of the deadliest infectious diseases globally. According to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Report]], Africa hosts 25% of the world's TB burden...

3 Mar 2021

#BestofBiz 2020: Healthcare

What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Healthcare platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list

14 Dec 2020

TB study sheds light on disease development

A study has shown that certain immune systems react differently when exposed to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mtb) than others...

2 Nov 2020






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