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2012-08-13 12:57:53

Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine have breathed new life into a forgotten technique and so succeeded in detecting resistant tuberculosis in circumstances where so far this was hardly feasible. Tuberculosis bacilli that have become resistant against our major antibiotics are a serious threat to world health. If we do not take efficient and fast action, 'multiresistant tuberculosis' may become a worldwide epidemic, wiping out all medical achievements of the last...

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...

2012-07-24 10:10:48

In January, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidelines on dosing of an HIV medication used to treat people infected with both HIV and tuberculosis (TB) because of a potential interaction between two of the main drugs used to treat each disease. The drug rifampin, used for treating TB, can lower levels of the HIV medicine efavirenz, so the FDA recommended that patients who weigh more than 50 kg (110 pounds) and who are taking both medications should get 30...

2012-06-28 20:18:49

Inhibiting immune response early on could speed treatment time, prevent relapse Inhibiting a key immune response in mice during initial multi-drug treatment for tuberculosis could – paradoxically – shorten treatment time for the highly contagious lung infection according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Center for TB Research. Shorter duration of drug therapy is key, researchers say, to increase treatment compliance for the growing global health...

Swab Technique Spots Tuberculosis In Non-human Primates
2012-06-25 10:16:35

TB infections, a serious threat to monkeys and apes, previously had been difficult to detect Tuberculosis can be a serious threat to monkeys and apes. A new technique for detecting the tuberculosis-causing bacteria could help in protecting the health of primate populations. The method can spot TB even among infected primates that show no outward sign of disease, but are still capable of spreading infection to others of their kind. Existing tests for TB in primates are difficult to...

2012-06-17 23:01:34

Immune Network Ltd. (IMMFF), announces the completion of a Phase II trial of a once-daily M. vaccae pill (V7) conducted by Immunitor in Ukraine. The imm02 study was aimed to seek whether oral formulation of inactivated whole cell mycobacteria can shorten TB treatment duration. Vancouver, Canada (PRWEB) June 17, 2012 The phase II, placebo-controlled trial, conducted by experts in the field of TB immunotherapy, was set to evaluate the efficacy of tableted, heat-killed Mycobacterium vaccae in...

How To Create Antibiotics That Don't Hurt Hearing
2012-06-12 06:52:11

Apramycin, already used in animals, shows promise against drug-resistant TB and other 'superbugs,' without hearing loss The world needs new antibiotics to overcome the ever increasing resistance of disease-causing bacteria — but it doesn't need the side effect that comes with some of the most powerful ones now available: hearing loss. Today, researchers report they have developed a new approach to designing antibiotics that kill even "superbugs" but spare the delicate sensory cells...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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