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2009-04-16 11:22:34

Countries in the former Soviet Union and many regions of China are facing an epidemic of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, according to a new report based on data from 90,000 patients in 83 countries. The analysis took place over the period of 2002-2007 and concluded that one-in-nine of the estimated nine million yearly reported cases of tuberculosis were resistant to at least one drug. Scientists define multi-drug resistant tuberculosis as not responding to at least two anti-TB...

2009-04-11 09:30:23

A 26-year-old pediatric resident potentially exposed hundreds of patients, including babies, to tuberculosis, officials at three Chicago-area hospitals say. The female resident, a doctor-in-training from Northwestern University, was diagnosed with TB this week, said the Chicago Department of Public Health. As of Friday, no one who had been around the woman had been diagnosed with TB and doctors say the risk to patients is minimal, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday. The three hospitals...

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2009-04-03 10:00:00

According to a study reported in The Lancet on Saturday, a new antibiotic has passed a key phase in a test of drugs aimed at shortening the time to cure tuberculosis, offering a potential boon in the fight against TB.The standard treatment for TB takes up to six months, which is a time that is so long that many patients abandon therapy because they believe to be cured when the symptoms are no longer felt. This results in the patients not completely being cleared of the germ that causes TB,...

2009-03-31 14:21:42

British medical scientists say the discovery of a large number of slow-growing Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria might lead to new anti-TB drugs. Until now it was thought that M. tuberculosis bacteria in the lungs of TB patients were rapidly multiplying. However recent research by Simon Waddell and colleagues from St George's University of London and the University of Leicester revealed the tuberculosis bacteria in the sputum of TB patients resemble bacteria that are growing very slowly or...

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2009-03-23 12:20:00

The World Health Organization announced Monday in China, more money and better science are urgently needed to rein in new strains of tuberculosis that are tough or nearly impossible to treat. An annual update on tuberculosis is being released by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, which is also World TB Day, an event meant to raise awareness of a disease that claims over 1.5 million people every year.  Close to 9 million people are infected in Africa and Asia. "Drug-resistant...

2009-03-23 08:00:00

Danya Presents Findings of Pilot Study at East African Health Conference in Kenya SILVER SPRING, Md., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Danya International, Inc. (Danya), a communications, research, and technology firm, will share the results of a pilot study on the effectiveness of mobile video-enabled phones in meeting the requirements for monitoring medication adherence by tuberculosis (TB) patients during the 3rd East African Health and Scientific Conference. The findings of the Mobile Direct...

2009-03-19 11:18:58

The U.S. tuberculosis rate fell to an all-time low of 4.2 cases per 100,000 people, or 12,898 new cases, in 2008, federal health officials said. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report said progress in eliminating TB hit a plateau in recent years, with a 3.8 percent average annual rate of decline for 2000-2008, compared to 7.3 percent for 1993-2000. TB continued to disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities and foreign-born...

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2009-02-26 16:36:42

U.S. researchers said on Thursday that two existing drugs used in combination appear to offer great promise against the most dangerous form of tuberculosis, Reuters reported. Doctors say the combination of AstraZeneca's MERREM I.V., also called meropenem, and clavulanate, sold by GlaxoSmithKline in combination with amoxicillin as the drug Augmentin, killed laboratory-grown strains of TB in clinical trials. Researchers wrote in the journal Science that the combination worked in lab dishes...

2009-01-23 14:36:31

A four-month treatment with the drug rifampin is better tolerated for tuberculosis than the nine-month treatment of isoniazid, Canadian researchers said. Dr. Dick Menzies of the McGill University said patients who are infected with the latent form of TB show no symptoms and are not contagious, yet they pose the biggest challenge when it comes to controlling the disease. Patients who currently receive a diagnosis of latent TB are treated for nine months with daily doses of isoniazid;...

2009-01-22 14:36:12

MUHC researchers are studying a shorter treatment with fewer side effects Patients who are infected with the latent form of tuberculosis (TB) show no symptoms and are not contagious, yet they pose the biggest challenge when it comes to controlling the disease. The latest study by Dr. Dick Menzies of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) describes a new potential treatment for this particular form of TB. The paper based on this study was recently published in the...


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