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The insert to detect TB was 3D printed. Image source: Getty/Gallo
3D-printed device makes TB diagnosis faster and simpler

A 3D-printed insert added to simple face-masks is revolutionising the way tuberculosis (TB) is detected...

19 Feb 2020

Preventing TB: a big drug price cut paves the way for global scale-up
Preventing TB: a big drug price cut paves the way for global scale-up

Lengthy negotiations ended in good news recently when the price of rifapentine, a lifesaving antibiotic, was marked down by 66% by its manufacturer Sanofi. When combined with another antibiotic (isoniazid), rifapentine can prevent tuberculosis (TB) disease...

By Gavin Churchyard 14 Jan 2020

A new way to give an old TB vaccine proves highly effective in monkeys
A new way to give an old TB vaccine proves highly effective in monkeys

What if you could make the tuberculosis vaccine much more powerful, not by altering the ingredients, but just by changing the way it is given to people?

By JoAnne L. Flynn 2 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2019: Healthcare

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

We are using computer models to fight drug resistance

The infectious disease burden in Africa is very high, particularly for tuberculosis (TB), malaria and HIV/Aids...

By Ozlem Tastan Bishop 13 Dec 2019

Admire Dube, associate professor of pharmacy, University of the Western Cape
Using nanomedicine to fight TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases. It's massive, it's tricky, and treatment can be exhausting (and toxic). But there may be new hope for TB treatment on the horizon: nanomedicine.

By Nicklaus Kruger 6 Dec 2019

Clinical trials underway for adult TB vaccine
Clinical trials underway for adult TB vaccine

An ongoing clinical trial is underway to further evaluate a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine candidate MTBVAC in an adult endemic population...

21 Nov 2019

TB is still a leading cause of death around the world. Sanjay Baid/EPA-EFE
We are gaining against TB but knowledge gaps remain

Important gains have been made in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB). Each year, fewer people are being diagnosed with the disease...

By Emily Wong, Al Leslie & Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala 11 Nov 2019

New TB vaccine shows promise
New TB vaccine shows promise

Tuberculosis is preventable, treatable and curable, yet last year it killed 1.5-million people, more than HIV/Aids. A vaccine is the ultimate prevention tool, and the GSK/IAVI M72 candidate shows promise to this end...

29 Oct 2019

Grant to fund child-friendly TB treatments
Grant to fund child-friendly TB treatments

A R280m grant will fund a project to develop and evaluate child-friendly treatments for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and assess regimens to prevent the onset of the disease...

22 Oct 2019

Dr Paula Fujiwara
National leaders must step in to eradicate TB

Until national leaders step up, tuberculosis (TB) remains the single most lethal infectious disease globally, killing some 1.6-million people annually, surpassing even HIV/Aids...

18 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by 27 Sep 2019

Deputy President David Mabuza
Focused interventions needed to tackle HIV, TB burden

Adolescent girls and young women remain disproportionately affected by HIV and South Africa is among the 30 countries of the world with the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB)...

23 Aug 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by 23 Jul 2019

Leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite that is carried by a female sandfly. CDC/ Frank Collins
Leishmaniasis needs more attention: it causes skin lesions, and can kill

Leishmaniasis ranks on the World Health Organisation's list of neglected tropical diseases, along with the usual suspects such as dengue, chikungunya and rabies...

By Ramona Hurdayal & Raphael Taiwo Aruleba 15 Jul 2019

Electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, the cause of TB. Photo: NIAID via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
South African researchers develop quicker way to detect drug resistance

It is crucial to monitor patients taking the new drug for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), bedaquiline, to prevent resistance...

By Elsabé Brits 11 Jul 2019

Could primary healthcare help curb TB at mines?

Seventy percent of tuberculosis cases among miners go undiagnosed, which puts families and communities at risk. The risk also spreads across borders, with 40% of mine workers coming from neighbouring countries to work on SA mines.

14 Jun 2019

Professor Valerie Mizrahi. Photo: Robyn Walker/UCT
UCT scientist uses award to fund TB research

University of Cape Town's Professor Valerie Mizrahi, will use her R1.5m Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award to develop two new areas of tuberculosis (TB) research...

10 Jun 2019

Mycobacterium tuberculosis under the microscope.
SU researchers study resistance to 'protect' new TB drug

Scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU), in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians, are working on how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), can develop resistance to Bedaquiline...

3 Jun 2019

A University of Cape Town medical student doing yoga for a project that draws on ideas from medical and health humanities. Third Year Yoga SSM
New ways of thinking on health, arts and humanities are emerging in Africa

Imagine bringing the best of all academic disciplines, artistic creations, activist experience and healthcare knowledge to bear on understanding and addressing current healthcare concerns...

By Carla Tsampiras & Nolwazi Mkhwanazi 3 May 2019

A South African study found that most doctors and nurses prescribed antibiotics for a viral infection even when patients discouraged them from doing so. Photo via Flickr by Chilanga Cement (CC BY 2.0)
UN report warns of disastrous consequences of antibiotic resistance

A century of medical progress is threatened by worldwide antimicrobial resistance. This is according to a new report released by the United Nation's Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG)...

30 Apr 2019

Popular contraceptive could increase TB risk
Popular contraceptive could increase TB risk

One of South Africa's most commonly-used injectable contraceptives could increase women's chances of contracting tuberculosis (TB)...

24 Apr 2019

Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?
Did the Health Professions Council trade cash for qualifications?

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is awaiting the president's go-ahead to investigate allegations that Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) employees may have taken bribes...

By Roxy de Villiers 5 Apr 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Ask Dr Google. The pros and cons of online diagnosis

Pop symptoms of a headache into a search engine and it will come back with a myriad of diagnoses, varying from a sinus headache to a tumour...

1 Apr 2019

Doctor's orders: Start saving now
Doctor's orders: Start saving now

Medical doctors have tremendous earning potential and can expect to accumulate wealth in their lifetime...

29 Mar 2019

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa
WHO report: 630-million years of healthy life lost in Africa

Nearly 630-million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) 47 member states in Africa...

28 Mar 2019

Drug-resistant TB research programme launched in PE
Drug-resistant TB research programme launched in PE

A new programme in the fight against drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) that is expected to slash treatment times and minimise side-effects has been launched...

28 Mar 2019

TB, which is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, is a leading cause of death. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock
Major battles have been won against TB. But the war isn't over

The suffering and massive loss of life caused by tuberculosis (TB) are proof that humanity hasn't prioritised the development of tools to eliminate a disease dating back 9,000 years.

By Bavesh Kana 22 Mar 2019

MDR-TB treatment achievable in post-conflict DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is home to an estimated 81-million people and a high-burden country for tuberculosis (TB), TB/HIV and multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).

15 Feb 2019

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