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SC DHEC chief: Agency botched TB investigation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's public health agency says a botched investigation into a tuberculosis outbreak at a Greenwood County school endangered the public. Full story

Pill-watching practice may not improve Tuberculosis treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tuberculosis patients who swallow their anti-tuberculosis pills under the watchful gaze of doctors fare just as well as patients trusted to self-medicate, according to a new analysis. Full story

Excellent Idea of the Day: TB Tracker Halts Disease's Spread

Biometric systems are used to track people. A researcher from Microsoft is showing they can also help keep tabs on the spread of tuberculosis, and even stop it. Full story

169 years later, Tiny Tim gets a diagnosis

Plucky, ailing Tiny Tim is one of the most enduring characters to come out of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella "A Christmas Carol." But Dickens never explains why Tiny Tim wears leg braces and uses a crutch, nor does he make clear what will kill the young boy if the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge doesn't cha Full story

Drug-resistant TB could infect 2 million by 2015

The World Health Organization says over 2 million people between 2011 and 2015 will contract a form of tuberculosis that is resistant to treatment with many drugs. Full story

Elephants blamed for TB outbreak at Tenn. refuge

A tuberculosis outbreak among workers at a Tennessee elephant sanctuary is being blamed on the pachyderms. Full story

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