Molecular tests that detect drug-resistant TB may become faster alternative to traditional testing
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  August 17, 2017  
  Tuberculosis  
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 Molecular tests that detect drug-resistant TB may become faster alternative to traditional testingMolecular tests that detect drug-resistant TB may become faster alternative to traditional testing
 
Novel molecular tests are gaining popularity as a rapid way to detect genetic mutations that render tuberculosis impervious to drugs. Yet, how well these new tests fare in gauging risk of actual drug failure and patient death has remained unclear.
 
 
 South Texas fights tuberculosis one blood test at a timeSouth Texas fights tuberculosis one blood test at a time
 
Like most people at Haven for Hope, San Antonio’s largest homeless shelter, James Harrison doesn’t plan on staying long. “I lost my apartment and had nowhere else to go,” he explained.
 
   New way of screening compounds may help speed up drug developmentNew way of screening compounds may help speed up drug development
 
Scientists have created a new way of screening compounds that is more sensitive than existing methods, opening up the possibility of finding new drugs for many diseases.
 
   Researchers develop potential stem cell treatment for several lung conditionsResearchers develop potential stem cell treatment for several lung conditions
 
A team of scientists from the UNC School of Medicine and North Carolina State University has developed promising research towards a possible stem cell treatment for several lung conditions, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis -- often-fatal conditions that affect tens of millions of Americans.
 
 Understanding the rise in NTM infections
 
Understanding the rise in NTM infectionsIt is important to keep in mind that nontuberculous mycobacteria are environmental, and so unlike mycobacterial tuberculosis, generally this is not a person to person transmitted disease. The organisms are found universally in water and soil and so most people are exposed on a daily basis.
 
 
 On-Field Determination of Arsenic, Mercury, and Copper in Ground Water
 
On-Field Determination of Arsenic, Mercury, and Copper in Ground WaterMercury and arsenic are examples of heavy metals that can be found in ground water across many parts of the world. These metals reach the ground water either as a result of human activities or through natural processes. In a number of regions, the limit values for the concentrations of these metals are exceeded by many times, especially in the case of arsenic found in drinking water.
 
 
 Lung Transplantation for Cystic Fibrosis
 
Lung Transplantation for Cystic FibrosisCystic fibrosis is a life-limiting disease caused by a defect in a gene responsible for transporting salts in and out of cells. It causes symptoms and complications throughout the body. The most serious problems caused by the disease affect the lungs. A thick, sticky mucus clogs the lungs, obstructing airways and promoting frequent lung infections. Lung transplantation is one option for increasing survival in people with cystic fibrosis.