COVID-19’s lethal invasion in late 2019 has turned the world inside out. Yet, another disease, tuberculosis, has been plaguing humans since the Upper Paleolithic era, some 20,000 years ago. In fact, many infection-prevention precautions promoted for the coronavirus—coughing…

Designing new health care facilities finds its exemplar in an old tuberculosis hospital. Without a cure for TB, doctors prescribed bed rest, clean air, and sunshine. So, the 87-year-old Paimio Sanatorium in Finland was designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto to be “an instrument…

Even as a high price was announced yesterday for a new treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis, a partly effective vaccine has raised hopes for stemming TB—the world’s most lethal infectious disease.  GSK’s new vaccine (called M72/AS01E) was found to be 50% effective in…

In Canada, tuberculosis is a shocking 300X more prevalent among Inuit compared to non-indigenous communities; the disease’s toll in the North is comparable to developing countries. After being diagnosed last year, Kilikvak Karen Kabloona has taken to Instagram to show the…

The good news is that tuberculosis deaths are declining steadily. The bad news is that we are wildly off track to meet the bold targets set for controlling the world’s #1 lethal infectious disease.

After the UN High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis last fall, MSF sharply criticized major donor and high-donor countries for empty promises to end TB—the world’s leading infectious disease killer.  

Tuberculosis is the globe’s leading cause of infectious disease deaths and China bears a heavy burden—ranking 3rd in total cases.   Most TB vaccine development is geared towards infants or adolescents, but cases in China overwhelmingly affect adults over 65. A London School…

Canada’s Inuit have devised a plan to eliminate “staggeringly high rates” of TB in 4 regions spanning the Canadian Arctic. The Inuit Tuberculosis Elimination Framework represents some 65,000 Inuit, and also calls for the reported rate of active TB to be slashed 50% by 2025…

Despite passage of the Clean Air Act 1956, London remains the “tuberculosis capital of Europe.” Author Francis Wilson traces TB’s indomitable evolution from the largely romanticized “‘disease of storytellers" consumed by a flame inside the body to modern outbreaks whose…

In 2012-2013, cough syrup laced with the chemical levomethorphan killed and sickened people from Pakistan to Paraguay. But by the time the WHO sent out an alert, the tainted batch from India had reached 4 continents and was untraceable in some places. The label “poor-…