TB

  • India initiates process to formulate guidelines for TB November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: India is the first country which has initiated the process of formulating standardised clinical guidelines for managing extra-pulmonary tuberculosis that occurs in the body other than lung parenchyma. The Union Health Ministry in collaboration with the AIIMS are in the process of framing...
  • Need to end TB, not only reduce burden: Harsh Vardhan October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerted action has already caused a discernible decline in tuberculosis (TB) rates and all those involved in the war against the disease should try to not only merely reduce its burden, but also end it, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said. "TB is omnipresent, but not invincible. It is...
  • Harsh Vardhan announces TB-Mission 2020 October 28, 2014

    Barcelona: Underlining the plans of the Indian government to eliminate Tuberculosis from the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday announced 'TB-Mission 2020'. Vardhan was speaking at WHO's Global TB Symposium titled 'Moving out of the box to end global TB epidemic: with post-2015 strategy'. "While I am all...
  • I emotionally broke down after meeting people during the show; give me time to recover: Aamir Khan on the sets of 'Satyamev Jayate' October 27, 2014

    Bhopal: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan turned "emotional" during today's telecast of his television show 'Satyamev Jayate', which was about tuberculosis. During the telecast of the 'Mumkin Hai' episode of the programme, Aamir got so emotional that he broke down and said, "I emotionally broke down after meeting people during the show....
  • Aamir Khan tackles Tuberculosis in the latest episode of 'Satyamev Jayate'; Salman Khan shares how his family was affected by it October 26, 2014

    According to the statistics provided during 'Satyamev Jayate', a startling number of people are affected by Tuberculosis, or TB in India. "Over 30 crore Indians carry the virus for the disease, whereas around 40 lakh are currently suffering from it," the show revealed. The latest episode of Aamir Khan's show tackled...
  • Shorter TB treatment not a successful alternative: Study October 24, 2014

    London: A shortened four months treatment for tuberculosis may not be a successful alternative to the current six-month standard treatment, scientists have found. Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant public health problem worldwide. There were an estimated 8.6 million people who developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease in...
  • TB Jayachandra: Will Congress's main troubleshooter get bigger roles in Karnataka? October 6, 2014

    Bangalore: After winning a crucial Assembly by-poll, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah seems to have consolidated his position and strengthened his hold on the party. But, everything is not hunky dory. A section within the Congress is still opposed to him. However, one person stands out. He is acceptable to all...
  • Unregulated diagnostic centres of TB a challenge: Experts October 2, 2014

    Mumbai: "Unregulated" diagnostic centres mushrooming in private sector and non-qualified doctors prescribing drugs pose a big challenge to check tuberculosis in Mumbai, according to experts. According to Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai's TB consultant Arun Bamne, the disease is a major public health concern for Mumbai due to an...
  • Vaccine for cervical cancer to cost about Rs 100, says Abdul Kalam September 30, 2014

    Chandigarh: Work is on to develop a vaccine to contain prevalence of cervical cancer among women, especially in rural and tribal areas, former President APJ Abdul Kalam said on Tuesday. "The vaccine will cost around Rs 100," he said at a conference organised here by the Institute of Microbial Technology...
  • New DNA sequencing technique to improve TB diagnosis September 24, 2014

    London: Tuberculosis diagnosis has got a major boost with scientists developing a new approach that relies on direct sequencing of DNA extracted from sputum to detect and characterise the bacteria that cause the disease. Researchers working in the UK and The Gambia, developed a new approach to the diagnosis of tuberculosis...
  • Karnataka new industrial policy targets Rs 5 lakh crore investment September 11, 2014

    Bangalore: The Karnataka Cabinet on Thursday approved a new industrial policy for 201419 with an aim to attract investment of up to Rs 5 lakh crore and create around 15 lakh jobs in the state. "New Industrial policy will be in force from 20142019. We had discussed it in the...
  • World TB day: India continues to ignore one of its biggest epidemics March 24, 2014

    New Delhi: It's World TB day on Monday. Tuberculosis is a disease that is curable and yet proving to be a huge challenge for India. It's a disease which was declared a global health emergency in 1993 but continues to grow unchecked even today. With thousands of Indians succumbing to TB...
  • Dr Rajesh Gokhale wins Infosys prize for Life Sciences February 6, 2014

    Dr Rajesh Gokhale, 2013 Infosys prize winner for Life Sciences, has found what could lead to a possible new cure for TB, a disease which kills one Indian every minute....
  • Karnataka government orders controversial caste survey December 13, 2013

    Bangalore: The Congress government in Karnataka has angered some educated, urban people of the state by ordering a caste based survey across the state in April May 2014. The state Cabinet gave its green signal to the survey on Thursday. The last caste based survey of the people was...
  • Karnataka government moves to crack down on sand mafia November 21, 2013

    Karnataka government on Thursday decided to bring in comprehensive amendments to the mineral concession rules to crack down on the sand mafia and making its illegal mining and transportation a cognisable offence. The state Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, decided to constitute sand monitoring committees at district and...
  • India faces shortage of TB drugs, says MSF June 25, 2013

    Mumbai: According to the reports by Medecins San Frontiers (MSF), India has been facing an acute shortage of lifesaving Tuberculosis drugs for children and those with multidrug resistant TB. The Health Ministry has seemed to be in complete denial of it. Under the National TB Programme, the Centre is responsible for...
  • MP: Charge sheet against exhealth director March 24, 2013

    Bhopal: The Special Police Establishment (SPE) of Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta has filed a chargesheet against former Health Director Ashok Sharma under the Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged irregularities in the purchase of antiTB drugs five years ago. The SPE filed the chargesheet against Sharma on Saturday in Special Judge...
  • US: FDA okays new drug that fights drugresistant TB January 5, 2013

    Mumbai: It's a breakthrough. A new line of treatment for multidrug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the first time in 40 years. Tested on 440 patients in the US in two phaseII clinical trials, the drug Sirturo could prove to be...
  • Drug resistance in TB has increased in India: Dr MS Kanwar December 14, 2012

    Dr MS Kanwar, senior consultant, respiratory medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on why India is not being able to curb the incidence of TB cases. Q. How bad is the situation MDRTB and is there any possible cure coming in the near future? Asked by:...
  • Bangalore: 20 sloth bears infected with TB July 23, 2012

    Bangalore: As many as 20 of the 23 sloth bears screened for medical examination have been found positive for tuberculosis. Nine bears have died of TB since January this year and the condition of another ten is said to be critical. In total, 100 sloth bears are housed at the...
  • Sailor in captivity: Centre asked to act July 6, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Centre to inform it of the steps being taken to rescue a sailor who has been held hostage by Somali pirates since September 2010. Sailor TB Unnikrishnan was the Second Officer of MT Asphalt Venture, that was hijacked by pirates on...
  • Health Ministry bans Tuberculosis antibody tests June 26, 2012

    New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has ordered a blanket ban on Tubercolosis antibody tests after the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised an alarm. This came following inaccurate tests that gave false results leading to perfectly healthy patients being put on powerful TB drugs. The WHO had raised the alarm...
  • Govt makes tuberculosis a notifiable disease May 9, 2012

    New Delhi: With cases of drugresistant tuberculosis on the rise, the government has finally agreed to make this a notifiable disease. That means, every doctor will have to register each case. At least a thousand Indians die of tuberculosis every day. The biggest threat at this point is what experts...
  • Mumbai: 2 new cases of drugresistant TB found April 30, 2012

    Mumbai: Four months after Mumbai's premier Hinduja hospital reported 12 cases of "Totally Drug Resistant TB", the hospital has reported 2 new cases. The bad news is that the state health department remains in denial. Nearly 1,000 Indians die of tuberculosis every day, and the biggest threat at this point is...
  • India has a long way to go to tackle TB March 24, 2012

    New Delhi: It's World Tuberculosis Day and India has a long way to go to tackle the disease. Two people die every three minutes in the country due to Tuberculosis, adding 1.8 million new cases every year. A preventable, curable disease which should have been eradicated 50 years ago, has...
  • Superhero 'Balgam Bhai' spreads awareness on TB February 20, 2012

    New Delhi: A new superhero Balgam Bhai is now in town to spread awareness on tuberculosis. Much like Superman and Spiderman, he's got a message, which is perhaps most relevant for the 21st century India. Launched in five different languages, the new tagline of a campaign to promote testing for tuberculosis...
  • Karnataka govt wants to ban 'made snana' February 3, 2012

    Bangalore: Karnataka Government is moving in the direction of banning the 'made snana' ,a ritual of rolling by lower caste people on plantain leaves left by Brahmins after partaking lunch in some temples, Minister for Religious Endowments VS Acharya told the state assembly. "The issues pertain to a belief of people....
  • Govt downplaying the tuberculosis threat? January 20, 2012

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has labelled a hospital's claims of a fatal tuberculosis strain as premature. The question is whether the government is downplaying the disease. 1,000 Indians die of tuberculosis every day and 20 per cent of the total TB deaths in the world take place in the country. The...
  • Bangalore: 2 TDR TB cases detected at RGICD January 12, 2012

    BANGALORE:Citybased Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) has diagnosed two patients with TDR TB (Totally Drug Resistant TB) cases. During the surprise visit of Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas to RGCID on Wednesday, it was revealed that, in the absence of coordination between the Health department and the...
  • Mumbai in throes of deadly TB disease January 8, 2012

    Mumbai: In a dangerous trend, tuberculosis, which already kills a thousand people everyday in the country, has mutated yet again this time infecting 12 people with an incurable form of the disease. It doesn't get any more alarming. As you read this story, India is being gripped by a lethal...