Handheld devices like this one, used for testing blood sugar levels, could help TB patients monitor their own drug levels.
There are several reasons that TB patients don’t or can’t adhere to their treatment.
Our research showed that inflight magazines offered travellers health advice on everything from dehydration to swollen ankles, but hardly anything on avoiding catching and spreading infectious diseases.
Washing hands and coughing into your elbow can help limit the spread of infectious diseases on planes and around the globe. So why don’t passengers read about this in their inflight magazines?
Chest x-ray showing TB infection in the lungs.
The push to end TB requires significant investment into the research and development of new diagnostics and treatments.
Kenya needs to improve efforts to reach, treat and cure all TB patients.
About three million people globally are ‘missed’ each year for Tuberculosis diagnosis. Many of them will die, some will get better, others will continue to infect others.
A sputum test detects if TB is present.
Advanced lab tests have entered the market to improve tuberculosis diagnosis. This will ensure prompt and correct treatment in managing the disease.
To tackle TB a dynamic change in discourse is needed. The focus must be on how to respond to emerging complexities the disease presents.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
CDC/ Janice Haney Carr
We used to think that antibiotic resistance came at a cost for bacteria, making them weaker. It turns out that for some bacteria, resistance can make them stronger and more virulent.
An historian reading the government White Paper on developing northern Australia will realise we’re actually heading all the way back to the 1890s.
The federal government’s recent White Paper on developing northern Australia has disturbing echoes of the 1890s, a time when unbridled capitalism and indentured labour developed the North.
Nearly 60% of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis’ global burden occurs in the Asia-Pacific region.
DFAT Photo Library/ Flickr
Tuberculosis, or consumption as it used to be known, sounds like a disease that we’ve managed to fight off for good. But a drug-resistant strain of the bacteria that causes it is making a comeback, and…