TB

25th September 2017
TB meningitis detection

Study Demonstrates GeneXpert Ultra’s Ability to Improve TB Meningitis Detection

The Ultra’s combination of a lower limit of detection and ability to find dead bacilli after starting TB therapy vastly improves sensitivity compared to other tests, […]
1st May 2017

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on SAfm

SAfm, Morning talk, 1 May 2017
24th March 2017

Keertan Dheda interviewed on BBC Newsday

BBC Newsday, 24 March 2017
26th February 2017

State hospitals discharging patients with incurable XDR TB

Prof Dheda interviewed on Cape Talk Radio
26th February 2017

Highly infectious strain of TB

Prof Dheda interviewed on The Koketso Sachane Show
9th February 2017

DNA test uncovers hidden TB cases

Tuberculosis has killed more than a billion people over the last two centuries. A new UCT-led study had the myriad undiagnosed cases of the highly infectious […]
7th February 2017

Shocking: Several TB strains now incurable, say local researchers

According to scientists, as a result of patients not finishing their treatments for tuberculosis (TB), several strains of the disease have become not just drug-resistant, but […]
7th February 2017

Incurable Tuberculosis being spread

eNCA channel 403 DSTV, 7 February 2017
6th February 2017

Concern over sharp increase in drug-resistant TB cases in South Africa

CAPE TOWN – A University of Cape Town researcher says there’s been a sharp increase in the number of drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB) cases being reported. Globally, […]
30th January 2017

TB: New incurable strains

The rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis has taken a new, horrifying turn. While various strains of TB, with varying degrees of resistance to drugs, have wreaked havoc […]
30th January 2017

Fears over rise of incurable TB

URGENT action, including rapid diagnosis, better access to medication, improved home-based care and more community-stay facilities for patients, is crucial in addressing the rising transmission and […]
30th January 2017

Address poverty, HIV to stem TB

The rise of incurable tuberculosis (TB) underscores the need to address poverty, overcrowding and the HIV epidemic in Africa, experts say. A study which tracked more […]
26th January 2017

New TB test could help curb disease

A recent landmark trial showed 53% more patients initiated therapy for tuberculosis (TB) after a new DNA-based diagnostic tool was used to screen for the disease […]
23rd January 2017

DNA sequencing used to track transmission of incurable TB in South Africa

Cape Town | TB researchers suggest that urgent action, including rapid diagnosis, wider access to newer and repurposed drugs, and bolstering home-based care and building long term […]
20th January 2017

DNA-based detection test improves battle strategy against TB by finding undiagnosed cases in the community

Cape Town |  A recent randomized controlled trial revealed that 53% more patients initiated therapy for tuberculosis (TB) after a new diagnostic tool (GeneXpert MTB/RIF) was […]
10th November 2016

TB alert for young children

An audit conducted by the City shows that 42 percent of children exposed to TB patients have not been screened for the disease. UCT head of […]
15th March 2016

Low-cost urine TB test reduces TB death-rate

A rapid, and simple to use, low-cost urine sample to test for TB at the bed-side of HIV patients both able and unable to produce sputum, […]
27th January 2016

Urine test improves detection of TB

Tuberculosis often lies undetected in the very patients it is most likely to kill: HIV positive patients. But a urine test could change that. A new […]
21st September 2015

The rise of antibiotic resistance

Newsroom, 21 September 2015
7th May 2015

Coughs: When to see a GP

You have a relentless, hacking cough that just won’t go away, but you don’t think it’s anything serious. It could be because of the change of […]
12th August 2014

Better, quicker, cheaper new TB drug steals the headlines

UCT scientists are part of an international research group, which includes the Universities of Stellenbosch and the Free State, on track to deliver more effective, less […]
2nd June 2014

South Africa: The TB Time Bombs

“My life has stopped. I don’t want anyone to go through what I’m going through,” 36-year-old Kirt tells me through the facemask that holds back the […]
31st May 2014

UCT forges ahead on TB research

UCT researchers have been nominated for BHP Billiton Awards for their work in the fight against tuberculosis, from using satellite tracking to identify “super spreaders”, to […]
28th May 2014

Return of the ‘White Plague’: Fears over the rise of ‘incurable’ TB

“Sometimes I ask myself, why me? Why did this have to happen again?” says 31-year-old Andile from the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa. “But […]
27th March 2014

Superspreaders: Tracking tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is still a huge problem throughout the world. South Africa is particularly hard hit by the disease. It is one of only two countries […]
22nd March 2014

New tech offers hope of tackling TB in South Africa

Face masks incorporating satellite tracking and cough samplers are among the new technologies being tested to help researchers in South Africa try to control the epidemic […]
17th March 2014

Professor Dheda receives the MRC Gold Merit Award

Watch the video.
22nd January 2014

Patients with deadly TB released in South Africa

The spread of a virtually untreatable form of tuberculosis in South Africa is being fueled by the release of infected patients into the general community, according […]
17th January 2014

TB patient treatment

Patients with incurable and highly infectious tuberculosis (TB) were being routinely discharged from hospital to die at home, putting friends, family and people in tehir community […]
17th January 2014

SA grapples to mitigate drug-resistant TB – study

Patients with contagious and highly drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) are being routinely discharged from hospitals across South Africa, exposing others in their communities to potentially deadly infections, researchers […]
6th January 2014

Tackling drug-resistant TB in London

Health experts are trying to tackle an increase in a highly infectious drug-resistant form of TB which could leave London on the cusp of a TB […]
29th October 2013

Sputum Test May not Hold Key to TB Eradication

An on-the-spot sputum test for tuberculosis works better than the commonly-used, 125-year-old microscope method, but did not reduce illness in a southern African trial, a study […]
28th October 2013

Point-of-Care Xpert MTB/RIF Testing Feasible in Primary Care

Point-of-care Xpert MTB/RIF tuberculosis testing is associated with more patients getting same-day diagnosis and having same-day treatment initiation but does not result in improved tuberculosis-related morbidity, […]
28th October 2013

Faster TB test fails to improve prognosis

PARIS – An on-the-spot sputum test for tuberculosis works better than the commonly-used, 125-year-old microscope method, but did not reduce illness in a southern African trial, a […]
23rd July 2013

Incurable cases of TB

Prof. Dheda interviewed on Power FM
12th June 2013

‘Novel’ trial may lead to shorter TB treatment

A new clinical trial by the UCT Lung Institute’s Centre for TB Research Innovation (CTBRI) is not only innovative in design and in its collaborative nature, […]
12th April 2013

TB-NEAT: TB diagnostics in low-resource settings

Watch this informative video as uploaded to YouTube by EDCTP.
1st September 2011

Leading from the front

UCT won no less than three nominations – more than any other institution – when the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) recently recognised […]
8th June 2011

Student piques interest with her TB findings

Malika Davids, a doctoral student in UCT’s Lung Infection and Immunity Unit in the Department of Medicine, certainly had her fellow delegates sitting up and taking […]
4th May 2011

Collapsed lungs

Prof Keertan Dheda interviewed on SABC
15th April 2011

Nuwe masjiene kan MDR-TB gou raaksien (New MDR-TB diagnostic tool)

Splinternuwe masjiene wat vir die eerste keer middelweerstandige tuberkulose (MDR-TB) in staatshospitale kan diagnoseer,isdeurdiedepartementvangesondheid aangekoop. Download article Die Burger, 15 April 2011
13th November 2010

Global TB research body honours UCT professor

Dr Keertan Dheda, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Cape Town, is the recipient of the 2010 Union Scientific Award, bestowed by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD). The annual global award honours a researcher under the age of 45 who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of tuberculosis and/or lung disease.
1st November 2010

Xpert TB diagnostic highlights gap in point-of-care pipeline

Recent unprecedented efforts have led to an expanded tuberculosis diagnostic pipeline, and, in September, publication of the performance of Xpert MTB/RIF in a large multicentre trial […]
21st September 2010

SA Health Workers Getting Deadly TB

UCT researchers have shown that health workers in South Africa are contracting extensively drug-resistent tuberculosis (XDR-TB), the most serious form of the disease that is extremely […]
13th September 2010

TB workshop commentary

The controversial question of whether or not to incarcerate patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis came under the spotlight at a workshop held at the Faculty of Health […]
19th May 2010

XDR tuberculosis in South Africa: old questions, new answers

In The Lancet today, Keertan Dheda and co-authors present an interesting report about early treatment outcomes of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (resistant to isoniazid, rifampicin, any […]
14th May 2010

TB hits health workers

TB is the most common serious opportunistic infection that HIV-positive South Africans contract. TB patients who are tested for HIV can be put on antiretroviral treatment […]
1st May 2010

Early treatment outcomes and HIV status of patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa: a retrospective cohort study

Data from Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, suggest that almost all patients with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are HIV-positive, with a fatal outcome. Since, there are few […]
26th October 2009

Success in triplicate for TB researchers

Three specialists at UCT’s Lung Infection and Immunity Unit have won substantial US fellowships for their doctoral studies on tuberculosis. Download article Monday Paper, 26 October […]
23rd October 2009

Doctor raises questions over TB skin testing

Skin testing for tuberculosis, the current method used in South Africa as well as in the UK and Canada is being questioned by a top UCT […]
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