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2012-11-21 12:49:36

A rapid test for tuberculosis (TB) could help to reduce TB deaths, improve TB treatment, and also offer reasonably good value for money if introduced in southern Africa, an area that has high rates of HIV and a type of TB that is resistant to some drugs (multi-drug resistant TB), according to a study published in this week's PLOS Medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended the use of a new diagnostic test for TB (the Xpert MTB/RIF test), which can show a result...

2012-09-27 10:10:56

Results from an observational study evaluating a new anti-TB drug have found that the treatment can improve outcomes and reduce mortality among patients with both MDR-TB and XDR-TB. The research, published online ahead of print today (27 September 2012) in the European Respiratory Journal, suggests a drug called delamanid could have a public health benefit for MDR-TB and also for XDR-TB, as few effective treatment options are currently available. Over the past two decades,...

2012-09-06 12:48:22

Provocative NEJM essay calls for redoubling of efforts Each year, nearly 2 million people die from tuberculosis — a treatable disease that has been brought under control in the United States, but continues to ravage other parts of the world. This health inequity should prompt a complete rethinking of the way tuberculosis is fought on a global level, argue Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Their argument appears in an essay...

2012-08-24 23:03:37

Global NGO's Program to Improve Health of Ukrainians Through TB Testing And Other Measures to Prevent Rapid Increase of the Disease in Ukraine - Fifth Largest TB Burden Country In the World. Millwood, VA (PRWEB) August 23, 2012 Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, has received $4.7 million from USAID to strengthen the tuberculosis (TB) infection control program in Ukraine. The five-year program will be implemented with Chemonics. The program...

2012-07-24 11:05:59

Lancet paper finds novel drug regimen could be more effective than existing treatments; TB Alliance's trial to test drugs in combination saves years in research time A novel approach to discover the first new tuberculosis (TB) combination drug regimen cleared a major hurdle when Phase II clinical trial results found it could kill more than 99 percent of patients' TB bacteria within two weeks and could be more effective than existing treatments, according to a study published today in the...


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