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  • Germany: Migration Crisis Becomes Public Health Crisis

    11/08/2015 5:18:08 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | November 8, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving. Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter. In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic...
  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar ‘is dead’ (per Afghan gov’t sources)

    07/29/2015 3:42:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29/07/2015
    The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, Afghan officials say, but the militant group has not commented on the claim. The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released. A Taliban spokesman contacted by the BBC said the group would issue a statement shortly. There have been several reports of Mullah Omar’s death in the past. However, this is the first to be confirmed by top sources in the Afghan government. …
  • Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children Detained by U.S. (Mothers to be released, too)

    07/26/2015 8:09:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/25/15 | JULIA PRESTON
    A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration’s detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible. In a decision late Friday roundly rejecting the administration’s arguments for holding the families, Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California found that two detention centers in Texas that the administration opened last summer fail to meet minimum legal requirements of the 1997 settlement for facilities housing children. -snip-...
  • Trump: 'Infectious disease is pouring across the border'

    07/07/2015 11:43:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/06/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Donald Trump doubled down on his controversial comments about illegal immigration from Mexico on Monday, saying, "infectious disease is pouring across the border." Trump issued a lengthy — nearly 900 word — statement invoking the death of a San Francisco woman shot and killed last week by a suspect who had previously been deported to Mexico five times. "This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States," Trump said Monday. "In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government." The 2016 Republican presidential candidate said Mexican...
  • Patient With Extreme Form of TB Sent to NIH

    06/08/2015 8:54:06 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | Maggie Fox
    A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her. The woman traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor. While TB is not easily caught by casual contact, extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.
  • Did Robert Louis Stevenson Have the World's Weirdest Honeymoon?

    05/28/2015 1:29:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KALW ^ | Sarah Stodder
    Most people who visit Calistoga -- a town in the Napa Valley -- come for the wine and the spa treatments; few come for the literary history. But they could: one of the most romantic honeymoon getaways ever written about happened one hundred and thirty five years ago. Instead of mud baths and geysers, picture an abandoned mining shack infested with snakes, poison oak, and rusty nails. Now picture a sickly writer and his new wife spending their first two months of married life living there. Sounds crazy, right? But that’s exactly what Robert Louis Stevenson — author of the...
  • Illegal Immigrant with Drug-Resistant TB to Be Released into US, say Congressional Leaders

    04/04/2015 4:44:13 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Apr 2015 | by Brandon Darby
    On Friday, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, along with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary Saldaña warning them not to release an illegal immigrant with drug-resistant tuberculosis into the general public. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/03/exclusive-illegal-immigrant-with-drug-resistant-tb-to-be-released-into-us-say-congressional-leaders/
  • 28 Students Test Positive for TB; Media Mum on Cause

    03/19/2015 5:53:20 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    breitbart ^ | March 18, 2015 | Breitbart News
    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — More than two dozen cases of tuberculosis have been detected at an eastern Kansas high school after widespread screening, state and county health officials announced Wednesday. More than 300 Olathe Northwest High School students and staff members were tested after coming into contact with an infected student. In addition to that student, the testing revealed 27 new cases of TB that hadn’t progressed to the contagious stage, the Johnson County Health Department said in a news release. Officials began calling the people who tested positive on Monday, while those with no sign of infection will receive...
  • 27 more test positive for tuberculosis at northeast Kansas high school

    03/18/2015 10:20:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 51 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Asociated Press
    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Twenty-seven more people have tested positive for tuberculosis at an eastern Kansas high school. State and county health officials made the announcement Wednesday after tests were conducted on more than 300 Olathe Northwest High School students and staff members who came into contact with an infected student.
  • Report: Tuberculosis still raging in Eastern Europe

    03/17/2015 2:41:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17/03/2015 - 18:40 | (AFP)
    About a thousand people still contract tuberculosis daily in Europe and Central Asia, despite an overall decline of the disease, a report by the Europe Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed Tuesday (17 March). The report, co-authored with the World Health Organization (WHO), said the continent would not be free of the disease until the next century at the current low rate of eradication, particularly due to prevalence in countries to the east of the region. “Multi-resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is still ravaging the European region, making it the most affected area of the entire world,” Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO...
  • Scientists discover new antibiotic

    03/03/2015 6:13:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 8:22 p.m. PST March 2, 2015 | KING 5 HealthLink
    Scientists at Northeastern University have discovered an antibiotic in the soil that looks to be effective at killing deadly pathogens like MRSA and tuberculosis. Even more promising, lead researcher Kim Lewis says those pathogens weren't able to develop a resistance to the antibiotic.
  • L.A. Times Concedes ‘Serious Diseases’ Come from Mexico, Central America ("acts of love!")

    02/19/2015 8:03:11 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/18/15 | Tony Lee
    During last summer’s border crisis, left-wing and mainstream media outlets mocked Americans who were concerned that illegal immigrants may be carrying disease like Tuberculosis. But in a story downplaying the measles threat from Mexico and Central America, the Los Angeles Times concedes that, “beyond measles, however, there are some serious diseases that are brought to the United States from Mexico and Central America.” Tuberculosis is chief among those diseases, according to the Times, which noted that “in 2013, 65% of the tuberculosis cases in the U.S. occurred among foreign-born people”: A majority of those people came from five countries: Mexico...
  • County health officers may test more Florin High School students for TB cases

    02/02/2015 6:00:37 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 02/01/2015 | Cynthia H. Craft
    If last year’s experience at Grant High School is any guide, news that a Florin High School student recently tested positive for tuberculosis may spark a worrisome period of months of testing larger pools of students and school staff for TB.
  • Tuberculosis genomes track human history

    01/21/2015 6:34:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Nature ^ | 19 January 2015 Corrected: 20 January 2015 | Ewen Callaway
    Although M. tuberculosis probably first emerged some 40,000 years ago in Africa, the disease did not take hold until humans took to farming... A previous analysis by his team had shown that the common ancestor of all the M. bacterium strains circulating today began spreading around 10,000 years ago in the ancient Fertile Crescent, a region stretching from Mesopotamia to the Nile Delta that was a cradle of agriculture... 4,987 samples of the Beijing lineage from 99 countries... the information to date the expansion of the lineage and show how the strains are related... the Beijing lineage did indeed emerge...
  • Recently Arrived Illegal Alien Minors Spread Deadly Virus

    11/04/2014 1:09:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 4, 2014
    The “humanitarian crisis” concocted by President Obama to let tens of thousands of illegal immigrant minors stay in the U.S. has fueled a deadly respiratory virus epidemic that’s struck American kids across the country and killed at least nine. Virtually nonexistent in the U.S. before the recent influx of illegal alien minors, the lethal Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is associated with severe respiratory illness and is known to come from Central America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from mid-August to the end of October state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,105 people in...
  • The Ebola “Monster” is Peaking; the Real Ones Are Not

    10/24/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/24/14 | Michael Fumento
    Endemic diseases that don't make headlines, like tuberculosis, malaria, and infectious childhood diarrhea, each kill more people every two days than have died of Ebola in 28 years. The Ebola Monster is Peaking; the Real Ones Are Not In a sense, everything you need to know about the veracity of those nightmarish Ebola epidemic projections was summarized in the October 14 press conference held by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Ebola head, Bruce Aylward. He said: currently there were about a thousand new cases a week; • it’s “too early to say” whether “the epidemic [is] slowing down” [emphasis added]...
  • Obama to expedite U.S. entry for thousands of Haitians

    10/18/2014 6:43:21 AM PDT · by dennisw · 39 replies
    miamiherald ^ | 10/17/2014 7:15 AM | By Jacqueline Charles
    Haitians eligible to receive green cards in two years soon will be able to wait it out in the United States rather than in Haiti under an expedited family reunification program announced Friday by the Obama administration. Beginning early next year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will implement the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to accelerate the reunification of eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, who are living in Haiti and have already been approved for a family-based immigrant visa. There are approximately 100,000 Haitians in the immigration pipeline in Haiti but only...
  • Republicans: Immigration reform is more likely to happen if we take the Senate

    10/16/2014 10:36:01 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 122 replies
    Key House Republicans say congressional action on immigration is much more likely if Republicans take control of the Senate. The effort, two Republicans say, would likely involve individual measures rather than a broad, comprehensive bill favored by Democrats. "I actually think it's more likely, if we take the Senate, that we will have immigration reform," said Rep. Raul Labrador. "We will be able to do it on a step-by-step approach like most Republicans have been asking to do and I think the American people want." Labrador, who was a member of the bipartisan House group working on the issue before...
  • Hundreds tested for TB in Lynn

    09/09/2014 9:28:57 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 60 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 9, 2014 | AP via Boston Herald
    LYNN, Mass. — More than 30 Lynn Community Health Center employees and 800 patients are being tested to determine if they were exposed to tuberculosis after center doctors confirmed a case.
  • Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians

    08/21/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Michaeleen Doucleff
    When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought some nasty diseases — smallpox, cholera and typhus, to name a few.But one pathogen was already there. And it likely traveled to the shores of South America in a surprising vessel.By analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have found evidence that sea lions and seals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the New World. The sea animals likely infected people living along the coast of Peru and northern Chile, a team from the University of Tubingen in Germany reported Wednesday in the journal Nature."We weren't expecting to find a connection to...
  • Illegal immigrant kids exposed fed agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis & chicken pox, report says

    08/01/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jana Winter
    Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents’ exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities. The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona...
  • Part of CMC ER roped off, officials say patient being tested

    07/30/2014 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 163 replies
    WSOCTV ^ | 07/30/14
    A corridor of Carolinas Medical Center – Main’s Emergency Room is roped off on the first floor near the entrance. A security guard is posted outside to prevent anyone from crossing the line. CMC officials said a patient is being tested, but a spokesman would not specify what they are testing the patient for. Wednesday morning, the issue at CMC was not impacting Medic services, according to officials. The hospital is taking “all normal precautions,” according to officials. The Centers for Disease Control said it has not been contacted.
  • Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

    07/30/2014 12:35:12 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2014 7:36pm EDT | Dan Whitcomb
    <p>Cruz was taken into custody on Monday night during a traffic stop in the community of Lamont, California, about 15 miles north of Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.</p> <p>"We took him to Kern Medical Center and had him admitted there, under guard," Pruitt said.</p>
  • Man with tuberculosis shuns treatment, eludes police

    07/25/2014 11:43:18 AM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 07/25/2014 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    STOCKTON, Calif. — Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off. County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part,...
  • Desperate Hunt for Contagious Homeless Man in California Who Refused to Have Tuberculosis Treatment

    07/25/2014 5:26:09 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | July 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    A desperate hunt is underway in Northern California for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part, because Rosas Cruz comes from a part of Mexico known for its drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. Taylor, who did not know the status of Rosas Cruz's residency, said he is not interested in punishing him through the criminal court system. Rather, Taylor said he is using the courts to protect the public's health. By law, health officials can't force a patient to be...
  • DOCTOR WARNS — US Schools Could Face HEALTH CRISIS as Illegal Immigrants Enter Classrooms This Fall

    07/18/2014 6:45:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Elaina George, an ear, nose, throat and chest specialist from Atlanta, told Charles Payne on FOX News today that the US could be facing a health crisis as the thousands of newly illegal children enter the classrooms this fall. “There’s an example in Maryland, where parents got a letter from the school that there children had been exposed to an illegal child who had TB who was one of their classmates. So this fall it is potentially possible that these children entering the school systems could be carrying all sorts of things, diseases that are not on the radar.”...
  • Obama's Open Borders Put Nation's Health At Risk

    07/02/2014 6:01:44 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Border: Doctors and nurses at an alien detention camp are threatened with arrest if they talk about the risk of contagion from the influx of unaccompanied children into the U.S. Give us your poor, your tired, your infected. Last weekend, at least two confirmed cases of the swine flu virus were detected in minors being held in two separate detainment facilities in South Texas, a stark reminder that the conditions created by President Obama's orchestrated invasion of the U.S. are ripe for viral outbreaks that jeopardize the health of American citizens. It was reported last week that at least one...
  • Disease Tsunami Washing Across Our Border

    07/18/2014 9:59:02 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 18, 2014 | IBD EDITOTIALS
    Immigration: With medical professionals overwhelmed by border chaos, illegal aliens are being sent across the U.S. without basic health screening, raising the prospect of epidemics of diseases once thought eradicated. As unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded across President Obama's open borders are dispersed nationwide from Nebraska to Illinois to Massachusetts, concerns have arisen that the nation's health has been put at risk by poor and even absent medical screening. An internal Department of Defense memo obtained by ABC News reports that the director of refugee health at Health and Human Services "has identified a breakdown of the...
  • America’s Impending Tuberculosis Epidemic

    07/10/2014 8:10:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Chicago Boyz ^ | July 10, 2014 | Trent Telenko
    (NOTE — Update at the End of the Column) One of the things that changes you, when you become a parent, is the body of knowledge you acquire to protect your spouse and children including things like knowledge of infectious diseases in public schools. In my case that meant looking at the NY Times saying the following: “…the administration has begun to send the expected 240,000 migrants and 52,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border illegally in recent months in the Rio Grande Valley to cities around the county.” And at headlines for the open border crisis like this...
  • Illegal Alien Minors Spreading TB, Ebola, Dengue, Swine Flu

    07/08/2014 12:16:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 8, 2014
    The hordes of illegal immigrant minors entering the U.S. are bringing serious diseases—including swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis—that present a danger to the American public as well as the Border Patrol agents forced to care for the kids, according to a U.S. Congressman who is also medical doctor. This has created a “severe and dangerous” crisis, says the Georgia lawmaker, Phil Gingrey. Most of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) are coming from Central America and they’re importing infectious diseases considered to be largely eradicated in this country. Additionally, many of the migrants lack basic vaccinations such as...
  • Immigration crisis: Tuberculosis spreading at camps

    07/08/2014 7:57:48 AM PDT · by libstripper · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 8, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Are the thousands of illegal immigrant kids housed in detention facilities happy and well fed -- or are they living in disease-infested compounds shrouded in secrecy? Well, it depends on who you ask. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seems to think the children coming across the southern border are remarkably healthy. It's a sentiment shared by BCFS -- the Texas-based agency formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services contracted to run camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
  • Immigration Crisis: Tuberculosis Spreading at Camps

    07/07/2014 9:27:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, July 7, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    SNIP The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seems to think the children coming across the southern border are remarkably healthy. It's a sentiment shared by BCFS -- the Texas-based agency formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services contracted to run camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. More than 7,000 children have been processed through the two camps, according to a BCFS official. They allege that only 119 children have been treated for lice, 22 for scabies, and one for the H1N1 Flu. BCFS says the most common illnesses seen...
  • Tuberculosis outbreak at Sacramento high school

    07/02/2014 12:26:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2014 3:17 PM EDT
    A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday. Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said. …
  • Data belies Dan Patrick’s ‘illegal invasion’ claim (Chron Hit Piece Barfer)

    03/26/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nolan Hicks
    State Sen. Dan Patrick is no stranger to over-the-top statements about immigrants and immigration. The Houston-area Republican, who is the GOP’s leading candidate for lieutenant governor, told a group in 2006 that immigrants are “bringing Third World diseases with them,” referencing “tuberculosis, malaria, polio and leprosy.” (A top official at the Department of State Health Services had to slap that down, pointing out, for instance, there hasn’t been a case of polio in decades). When asked to address the issue of immigration at a forum of leading business groups during this campaign, Patrick chose to talk about violent crime, as...
  • 59 test positive for TB after Las Vegas outbreak

    12/23/2013 3:06:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2013 6:02 PM EST | Hannah Dreier
    Las Vegas public health officials say dozens of people linked to a tuberculosis outbreak at a neonatal unit have tested positive for the disease. The Southern Nevada Health District reported on Monday that of the 977 people tested, 59 showed indications of the disease, though all but two of the cases are latent—meaning patients don’t show symptoms and aren’t contagious. Dr. Joe Iser, chief medical officer at the health district, said the report demonstrates the importance of catching tuberculosis early. …
  • 1,500 tested for TB at Southern California school

    12/21/2013 1:34:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2013 9:36 PM EST
    More than 1,500 staff and students at a Southern California high school were tested for tuberculosis after one student was diagnosed with the bacterial infection last month, health officials said Friday. Nearly 1,400 students and faculty at Indio High School were tested on Friday and around 130 students had the TB tests on Monday. Forty-five students tested positive for possible exposure but more tests, including X-rays will be needed to determine whether they have active TB, health officials said. …
  • Man removed from flight in Phoenix over infectious disease alert

    12/02/2013 4:10:59 PM PST · by bgill · 45 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | Dec. 2, 2013 | Reuters
    Officials removed a man with an unspecified infectious disease - possibly tuberculosis - from a US Airways Express flight with 70 passengers on board shortly after it landed in Phoenix over the weekend, authorities said on Monday. The unidentified man was removed from Flight 2846 from Austin, Texas, when it landed on Saturday after the airline received an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a passenger known to have an infectious disease, a spokesman for the airline said.
  • Up to 140 infants possibly exposed to tuberculosis at Nevada hospital

    10/10/2013 3:14:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 09, 2013 | NA
    LAS VEGAS – Health officials urged tuberculosis testing for hundreds of babies, family members and staff who were at a Las Vegas neonatal intensive care unit this past summer, saying they want to take extra precautions after the death of a mother and her twin babies and the infection of more than 26 people. Authorities with the Southern Nevada Health District said Tuesday that they're working to contact parents of about 140 babies who were at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center's NICU unit between mid-May and mid-August, and have set up a temporary clinic to test them. Tests of hospital staff...
  • 100 Students Tested for Turberculosis

    09/19/2013 9:40:53 PM PDT · by HigherEducationOutrage · 7 replies
    cbs dallas news ^ | 09192013 | stopamnestyirvingtexas
    Irving Texas 100 students at Nimitz High School in Irving were tested for tuberculosis Wednesday. The group of students was offered the free testing because they may have been exposed to TB when they shared a class last spring with a student recently diagnosed with the contagious disease. That student, who has not been identified, began showing symptoms late this summer.
  • Synthetic molecule chokes TB growth - Compound acts by novel mechanism and is effective in mice.

    08/05/2013 11:55:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Nature News ^ | 04 August 2013 | Richard Johnston
    A new drug candidate has shown promising signs in treating tuberculosis. The synthetic molecule is effective in mice and bears no similarity to existing TB drugs, many of which have become inadequate as drug-resistant bacterial strains have developed. If it is shown to be safe and effective in humans, it could help to combat a disease that killed 1.4 million people in 2011. A team led by Kevin Pethe, a microbiologist at the Pasteur Institute Korea near Seoul, investigated more than 120,000 compounds over 5 years, infecting mouse immune cells called macrophages with Mycobacterium tuberculosis — the bacterium that causes...
  • Early Cities Spurred Evolution of Immune System? [ "Amazing" DNA results show benefits ]

    11/12/2010 9:03:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies · 1+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | November 8, 2010 | Matt Kaplan
    As in cities today, the earliest towns helped expose their inhabitants to inordinate opportunities for infection -- and today their descendants are stronger for it, a new study says. "If cities increase the amount of disease people are exposed to, shouldn't they also, over time, make them natural places for disease resistance to evolve?" asked study co-author Mark Thomas, a biologist at University College London... study co-author Ian Barnes, a molecular paleobiologist at University College London, screened DNA samples from 17 groups long associated with particular regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa -- for example Anatolian Turks and the southern...
  • Tuberculosis appeared on Earth three million years ago

    08/23/2005 7:39:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies · 882+ views
    Pravda.ru ^ | 08/22/05 | staff
    Tuberculosis or consumption is much older than plague, typhus and malaria There are medicines for almost every illness in the XXI century. However, some diseases still can be neither prevented nor cured. It is not only AIDS and cancer, but tuberculosis as well. Although the problem of mass consumption is practically solved in developed countries, there is still Third World left. Meantime, on the whole this disease mows down three million people yearly. Scientists cannot help but be concerned with the origins of the virus and its possible treatment. Finally, French researchers went public with the results of their scientific...
  • Mummy DNA Reveals Birth Of Ancient Scourge

    10/08/2006 3:30:07 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 1,311+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 10-6-2006 | David Biello
    Mummy DNA Reveals Birth of Ancient Scourge Image: © ALADIN ABDEL NABY/REUTERS/CORBIS Centuries of silence cannot keep ancient Egyptian mummies from sharing their secrets with scientists. From archaeologists determining cultural practices to chemists studying embalming, mummies have revealed libraries of information. Now such mummies are also yielding evidence about the diseases of the past by giving up the facts encoded in their preserved DNA, and new research may have pinned down the ancient homeland of a modern scourge. Leishmaniasis--a disease caused by microscopic parasites, like malaria, and transmitted by sand flies--results in painful skin sores and in its most vicious...
  • Old Vaccine Hits TB Like A Blast From The Past

    03/12/2007 6:05:36 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 603+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-12-2007 | Debora MacKenzie
    Old vaccine hits TB like a blast from the past 21:00 12 March 2007 NewScientist.com news service Debora MacKenzie A vintage BCG vaccine developed in the 1920s may be due a comeback after researchers found it offers better protection against modern tuberculosis strains than the current BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin). TB kills nearly two million people every year. The BCG vaccine is a live, non-pathogenic strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis – the bacterium that causes TB. It is still given in some developing countries, where meningitis caused by the bacterium is a threat to children. However, BCG has lost favour with regard...
  • Tuberculosis Genomes Recovered from 200-Year-Old Hungarian Mummy

    07/20/2013 5:23:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 19, 2013 | NA
    Researchers at the University of Warwick have recovered tuberculosis (TB) genomes from the lung tissue of a 215-year old mummy using a technique known as metagenomics. The team, led by Professor Mark Pallen, Professor of Microbial Genomics at Warwick Medical School, working with Helen Donoghue at University College London and collaborators in Birmingham and Budapest, sought to use the technique to identify TB DNA in a historical specimen. The term 'metagenomics' is used to describe the open-ended sequencing of DNA from samples without the need for culture or target-specific amplification or enrichment. This approach avoids the complex and unreliable workflows...
  • How a Food Crisis May Restrain China's Imperial Ambitions

    05/27/2013 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Marcus · 17 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | May 27, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    China's long term goal, dating back to the rule of Mao Zedong, of becoming self sufficient in food is running into some inconvenient reality, much no doubt caused by that country's command economy. The problem started with China's breakneck drive to become an industrial power. This, coupled with a somewhat lax approach to environmental regulation, created large amounts of farmland contaminated with heavy metals. Since China is also driving to grow much of its own food, much of this farmland is being used, resulting in contaminated crops that are not fit for human consumption. Chinese farmers are also overusing pesticides,...
  • Is Homosexuality as Harmless and Healthy as Political Correctness Dictates?

    05/09/2013 1:54:29 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 22 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 9 May 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    In psychology and psychiatry, a condition is considered pathological when it results in behaviours or states of mind which are harmful to oneself and/or others. Sometimes it is a question of degree. All of us, for example, have little insignificant rituals, or irrational beliefs, or acts of superstition that serve no purpose but are harmless enough. When these come to dominate somebody's life and seriously interfere with normal everyday functioning, they are deemed a disorder, specifically Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We all generally keep objects that only occupy space without any use or function, but it is only when...
  • Number of Tuberculosis Cases Rises in the UK Due to Immigration

    05/07/2013 10:32:21 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 7 May 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    "The increase in the rate of TB in the UK, which contrasts with most other European countries, may, at least in part, be due to the fact that a high proportion of UK cases occur in the foreign-born, coupled with a comparatively large number of foreign nationals from countries with a very high incidence of TB." Who wrote that? One of the far-right "nazi grouplets", as the Marxist site Searchlight would call them? A racist, a xenophobe? No, it is the conclusion of a scientific study published in the world's most authoritative database of peer-reviewed medical research, the US National Library...
  • Dangerous TB Patient Nabbed On U.S. Border

    03/01/2013 6:01:27 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2013 | BETSY MCKAY
    In medical isolation in South Texas, 100 miles or so from Mexico's border, is a man who embodies one of U.S. health officials' greatest worries: He is the first person to cross and be held in detention while infected with one of the most severe types of drug-resistant tuberculosis known today. His three-month odyssey through 13 countries—from his homeland of Nepal through South Asia, Brazil, Mexico, and finally into Texas—shows the way in which dangerous new strains of the disease can migrate across the world unchecked.
  • Tuberculosis outbreak in downtown L.A. sparks federal effort

    02/24/2013 5:32:22 PM PST · by shineon · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 21, 2013
    Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.’s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease.