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Fast paper-based tuberculosis test developed

Scientists have developed a fast, paper-based test to diagnose tuberculosis that can be read with a smartphone. Diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) early can allow patients to receive the medicine they need and also help prevent the disease from spreading.

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Delhi: Waiting in hospital, TB patient dies

“An investigation into the case is being conducted and strict action will be taken if any negligence is found. The patient’s family has alleged that they were made to wait and this led to his death. There are CCTVs in the hospital premises and all allegations will be looked into,” doctor said

In Round two of TB detection drive, over 9,000 new cases found

The first round was conducted in January, during which authorities had unveiled 2,650 “hidden” cases of TB from 55 districts across 18 states.

Patient languishing in Sewri tuberclosis hospital for three years in Mumbai

A nurse who looked after her in 2014 and 2015 said she would earlier speak with hospital staff about her treatment and her family- “But when she realised they had abandoned her”, she went into depression.

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NGO says 18 people succumb to tuberculosis every day

Tuberculosis on the rise, from 36,417 in 2012-13 to 50,001 in 2016-17; adherence to free treatment has reduced

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New report reveals that countries are still not tackling tuberculosis

India has not taken up this challenge and this molecular test is not the initial TB diagnostic test for adults and children being investigated for TB here, the Out of Step report has said. Smear microscopy is often used as the initial diagnostic test in the private sector, where up to 70% of people are treated – and delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation are common.

Tuberculosis free India: J P Nadda formulates strategy to eliminate TB by 2025

Union Health Minister J P Nadda said that India has formulated a national strategic plan with a special focus on stamping out the bacterial disease at grass root levels.

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In Sion, a high-protein diet helps slum kids beat TB faster

2014 project has shown a faster cure rate in 11 children due to improved immunity, BMC now looking for more donors to expand project in all 24 wards.

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National TB programme: New medicine to help drug-resistant patients

Bedaquiline, which is a drug for Multi-Drug Resistant TB, is being introduced at six identified tertiary care centres across India.

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Pune: Tests to detect TB in 2 hours to be rolled out at civic hospitals

An estimated 2.2 million people suffer from TB in India with over 70,000 MDR TB patients.

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A new TB vaccine is in the works, and here’s why India is excited

Two clinical trials are planned in India, which is among the high-burden countries.

Professor B K Bachhawat Memorial Lecture: India set to launch new drug

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, secretary, department of health and research, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, spoke on TB elimination

Health Ministry’s new mobile apps: A move in the right direction

The interventions are being rolled out in a phased manner and this would give the Ministry ample opportunity to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of these initiatives in difficult areas.

After fellow pirate’s death, another Somali suffering from TB wants to be shifted from JJ Hospital

The letter comes two months after his fellow undertrial Abdi Chama died in the same hospital of tuberculosis

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TB Hospital struggles to dispose its dead

According to protocol, the hospital waits for a week to 10 days for relatives to claim a body. When no one turns up, the body is sent for examination to a nearby tertiary centre to rule out HIV infection.