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2012-02-09 11:42:49

The management of tuberculosis cases in the European Union (EU) is not meeting international standards, according to new research. The research, published online ahead of print in the European Respiratory Journal, has identified key areas of priority for public action to combat the growing number of drug-resistant tuberculosis cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates a prevalence of 440,000 multidrug-resistant TB cases (MDR-TB) with 150,000 deaths and 50,000 extremely...

2012-02-07 23:12:30

Gene that influences inflammatory response to infection predicts effectiveness of drug therapy A gene that influences the inflammatory response to infection may also predict the effectiveness of drug treatment for a deadly form of tuberculosis. An international collaboration between researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, Duke University, Harvard University, the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam and Kings College London reported these findings Feb. 3 in...

Drug Resistant TB Reported In India
2012-01-16 14:26:44

Indian doctors say they have seen the first case of a "totally drug-resistant tuberculosis" in the country. The Indian TB strain is mainly transmitted through close personal contact and is not as contagious as the flu. Most of the cases of this kind of TB were not from person-to-person infection but from mutations that occurred in poorly treated patients. The Indian doctors tested a dozen medicines on their patients who had the drug-resistant form of TB and none of them worked. A...

2011-12-29 09:40:35

A UT Southwestern Medical Center study using a sophisticated “glass mouse” research model has found that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is more likely caused in patients by speedy drug metabolism rather than inconsistent doses, as is widely believed. If the study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases is borne out in future investigations, it may lead to better ways to treat one of the world´s major infectious diseases. Health workers worldwide currently...

2011-10-20 13:44:04

Cambodian study demonstrates that starting antiretroviral treatment two weeks, not two months, after TB treatment increases survival 33 percent Timing is everything when treating patients with both HIV and tuberculosis. Starting HIV therapy in such patients within two weeks of TB treatment, rather than two months as is the current practice, increases survival by 33 percent, according to a large-scale clinical trial in Cambodia led by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and the Immune...


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