The rise of antimicrobial resistance has significantly reduced the options available for treating tuberculosis (TB) and other diseases caused by bacteria, threatening to plunge humanity back into the pre-antibiotic era. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a rod-shaped bacterium that is responsible for around 10 million new infections and 1.4 million deaths per year (Pai et al., 2016)… Read more

The mechanism our immune cells use to clear bacterial infections like tuberculosis might also be involved in Parkinson’s disease, a new study led by the Francis Crick Institute, Newcastle University and GSK indicates. The findings provide a potential explanation of the cause of Parkinson’s disease and suggest that drugs designed to treat Parkinson’s might work… Read more

Individuals who have slender lower faces are 25 percent more likely to be left-handed, according to a study published this week by a dentistry researcher from the University of Washington. The surprising finding came from three surveys comprising 13,536 people in the United States. People having slender jaws commonly have a lower jaw that bites… Read more

The first rapid blood test to diagnose and  quantify the severity of active tuberculosis cases has been developed by a a group of scientists from Arizona, Texas and Washington DC. The technology can be used in hospitals around the world as it uses standard clinical tools. Despite $6.6 billion spent for international tuberculosis (TB) care… Read more

Compounds called xanthones found in mangosteens could lead to a new drug in the fight against tuberculosis, National University of Singapore research suggests. Researchers report that xanthones were very effective at inhibiting and killing Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterium responsible for causing tuberculosis. The study also demonstrated that xanthones had a low propensity for developing… Read more