TB News summary (Monday, 19 May 2008)

Photo by haominglBetter to build a fence at the cliff's edge than a hospital at the bottom

This is a must-read article by a clinician who was instrumental in convincing the US government to close tuberculosis (TB) sanitariums in the 1970s. He reflects back on the struggle and ponders the enormous challenges posed by drug-resistant TB.

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Carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke triggers TB

The carbon monoxide present in tobacco smoke and automobile emissions has been found to trigger TB.

"This is the first description of a role for [carbon monoxide] in mycobacterial pathogenesis, and may explain why smoking and air pollution contributes to TB," said Adrie Steyn, an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama's Department of Microbiology and lead author of the study.

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Smoking is big risk factor for TB in Pakistan

The correlation between tobacco use and TB has never been so widely talked about and TB has become the most common cause of death related to tobacco use in India and Pakistan.

Bobby Ramakant-CNS

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