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2008-12-11 16:12:00

Levels of drug-resistant tuberculosis in China are nearly twice the global average, researchers said. Research published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases, said almost 10 percent of Chinese TB cases are resistant to the most effective first-line drugs. Susan van den Hof of the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in The Netherlands said China has joined the global project on anti-tuberculosis drug resistance surveillance, and investigated drug resistance in 10 provinces from 1996 to 2004. China...

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2008-11-06 14:07:24

New research on drug-resistant tuberculosis found that the hard-to-treat disease results in death for half of patients who get it. South Korean researchers presented the study "“ one of few to track survival rates from the condition called extensively drug-resistant TB "“ in the latest edition of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study consisted of 1,407 patients who had either multidrug resistant TB, which is the most aggressive because it...

2008-09-15 09:00:11

Tuberculosis drug shows promise against latent bacteria WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- A new study has shown that an investigational drug R207910, currently in clinical trials against multi-drug resistant tuberculosis strains, is quite effective at killing latent bacteria, a report said on Friday. This revelation suggests that R207910 may lead to improved and shortened treatments for this globally prevalent disease, researchers from Johnson & Johnson reported in the Sept. 12 issue...

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2008-08-25 10:55:00

Aggressive treatment involving a combination of drugs may be the cure for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, researchers report.Writing in The Lancet, researchers found that despite fears of being untreatable, TB could be cured with a combination of at least five drugs.Multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB is resistant to the most commonly used treatments isoniazid and rifampin.However, these treatments are ineffective when used to battle extremely resistant (XDR) TB.The recent study consisted...

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2008-08-14 10:35:00

In the first statewide study of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) in the United States, California officials have identified 18 cases of the dangerous and difficult-to-treat disease between 1993 and 2006, and 77 cases that were one step away from XDR TB. The study appears in the August 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. California reports almost 3,000 cases of tuberculosis annually, the largest number of TB cases of any U.S. state. California has...

2008-08-06 18:00:38

Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, or XDR-TB, can be commuted in an individualized outpatient therapy program, researchers in Peru said. The study, conducted in Peru from 1999 to 2002, showed that more than 60 percent of XDR-TB patients not co-infected with HIV were cured after receiving the bulk of their personalized treatment at home or in community-based settings. Lead author Carole Mitnick of the Harvard Medical School said that in some parts of the world, however, patients...

2008-07-22 09:00:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said Asian nations had failed to rein in the rapid growth of highly lethal, drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis ( TB) and warned that the disease could soon become a serious threat to the region as a whole. Only one percent of the estimated 150,000 people with multi- drug- resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in WHO's Western Pacific Region, which covers East Asia and the Pacific, are getting appropriate treatment, the Manila-based WHO regional...

2008-07-04 03:00:06

By Schofield, Cynthia B Smallpox, diphtheria, typhoid fever, polio, cholera, and tuberculosis (TB) are among the diseases that struck fear into citizens of 18th- and 19th-century America. Discovery of antibiotics and antiseptic techniques in 20th-century America made the threat of death from an infectious disease seem like a horror of the past. In 1882, Robert Koch isolated and identified the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacillus, followed by Vibrio cholerae a year later. Louis Pasteur,...

2008-07-02 06:00:14

By DeRiemer, Kathryn De Jong, Bouke C The estimated 9.2 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB) and 1.7 million annual deaths from TB during 2006 are a bleak reminder that new, creative strategies are needed to prevent and controlTB worldwide (1). For the past 15 years, molecular epidemiologic techniques have been used to identify clusters of TB cases whose isolates have identicalDNAfingerprints or genotypes, indicating recent transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (2). In this issue of...

2008-07-02 00:00:06

By Kounteya Sinha NEW DELHI: Diagnosing multi drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) will now take just two days' time. In a major announcement on Monday, the World Health Organisation decided to make widely available a path-breaking rapid molecular diagnostic tool that will generate TB test results in two days flat. Currently, standard tests take up to three months. This is why only 2% of MDR-TB cases worldwide are being diagnosed and treated appropriately. Speaking to TOI from...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.