A R128m grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help fund a five-year multinational research study that Stellenbosch University is undertaking to investigate new tuberculosis (TB) tests...
9 Sep 2020
A new simple blood-based test that can identify healthy individuals who are at risk of developing tuberculosis (TB), identify those with subclinical or clinical disease, and can inform how well a patient would respond to treatment...
26 May 2020
Testing people suspected of Covid-19 and then tracing who they have had contact with is vital to controlling the epidemic. But the test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is both expensive and logistically time-consuming...
James Stent & Nathan Geffen 18 Mar 2020
A 3D-printed insert added to simple face-masks is revolutionising the way tuberculosis (TB) is detected...
19 Feb 2020
It is crucial to monitor patients taking the new drug for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), bedaquiline, to prevent resistance...
Elsabé Brits 11 Jul 2019
The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced...
14 Sep 2018
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that kills more people due to a bacterial infection than any other disease in the world.
Bavesh Kana 9 May 2018
Innovators from nine African countries shortlisted for their outstanding innovations across the healthcare, engineering, energy and communications sectors...
19 Jun 2017
TB accounted for more than 33,000 deaths in South Africa in 2015, and averaged over 7% of all deaths from 2013 to 2015.
24 Mar 2017
An inexpensive urine test provided more TB diagnoses among hospitalised HIV patients than rapid sputum-based tests...
24 Mar 2017
A new study has found evidence that the bacteria causing TB can still be found in the lungs after treatment...
16 Sep 2016
A study on COPD and patients' perceptions of the symptoms will be conducted in MEA countries...
16 Aug 2016
In the same way that manned aircraft received much of their technological impetus from their deployment as weapons of war, so too have unmanned aircraft, or drones...
Barry Mendelow 6 Nov 2015
CAPE TOWN: Government is stepping up its efforts to fight tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, mines and schools. At Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, all new inmates are to be tested, while all mineworkers are also to be screened over the next 12 months.
Dennis Cruywagen 25 Mar 2013
Dr Megan Russell is using her engineering knowledge to find practical solutions to the problems of healthcare in poorer countries by helping develop medical technology appropriate for more primitive conditions.
23 Aug 2012
Researchers have identified characteristic patterns of molecules called microRNA (miRNA) in the blood of people with lung cancer that might reveal both the presence and aggressiveness of the disease, and perhaps who is at risk of developing it. These patterns may be detectable up to two years before the tumour is found by computed tomography (CT) scans.
23 May 2011
South Africa is ranked fifth out of 22 high-burden countries that account for 80% of all new cases of tuberculosis that arise globally each year. This, combined with the fact that the TB vaccine is only 80% effective, means that South Africans should be aware of the risks and symptoms of the disease.
Graham Anderson 18 Mar 2011
The World Health Organization aims to avert 10 million deaths from tuberculosis in the next five years through a new program.
14 Oct 2010
SHANGHAI, CHINA: Spitting is a national habit in China. The Public Health Bureau Of Shanghai wanted an anti-spitting public awareness campaign to target migrant workers in an attempt to squash the habit.
12 Oct 2010
Study finds that HIV-infected patients falsely diagnosed as having TB have higher rates of mortality.
17 May 2010
A new technology being pioneered in South Africa may make screening for tuberculosis (TB) faster, cheaper and more reliable - and it's all based on technology found on a typical trip through airport security.
12 Jan 2010
Doctors may soon be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonia-like symptoms by examining the chemicals found in a patient's urine, suggests a new study led by UC Davis biochemist Carolyn Slupsky.
10 Dec 2009
PRETORIA: The Department of Health has warned people who buy saliva from Tuberculosis-infected people that there is no automatic financial benefit for having TB.
16 Sep 2009
Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) can be cured in HIV-negative patients through individualised outpatient treatment, even in countries with limited resources and a heavy burden of TB.
Judith Montminy 29 Oct 2008
Scientists are testing a new way of detecting lung cancer at an early stage in people at greatest risk of developing the disease.
10 May 2008
Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic and contagious disease spread by breathing in air-borne bacteria from people with active TB.
Issued by Health DiRxions 20 Nov 2007
TB is very much stigmatised in Armenia and TB patients are really the last group in society. Many of patients are ashamed to have TB and wouldn't dare tell their family or friends about it - and having MDR-TB is considered to be even worse.
30 May 2007