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2011-04-13 07:43:06

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- In patients with newly-diagnosed tuberculosis (TB), use of a combined four-drug, fixed-dose regimen was found to have comparable outcomes to drugs administered separately, according to a new study. "Despite the availability of a highly effective 6-month chemotherapy regimen, worldwide control of tuberculosis is severely impeded by poor treatment completion rates that threaten the emergence of multidrug resistance," according to background information in the article....

2011-04-12 14:15:21

In patients with newly diagnosed tuberculosis (TB), use of a combined 4-drug fixed-dose regimen was found to have comparable outcomes to drugs administered separately, according to a study in the April 13 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on infectious disease and immunology. Christian Lienhardt, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., of the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, presented the findings of the study at a JAMA media briefing at the National Press Club. Dr. Lienhardt conducted the study while...

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2011-03-25 08:25:00

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fell short of its goal of eradicating tuberculosis (TB) by the year 2010, health officials told AFP recently, despite the number of reported cases being at an all-time low. The CDC publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found 11,181 known cases of the airborne and highly contagious disease in the US last year, a 3.9 percent drop from 2009. Tuberculosis is caused by the mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium and usually attacks...

2011-03-25 00:00:30

MSF report says fixing drug supply and price problems is urgent Geneva / Johannesburg (Vocus/PRWEB) March 24, 2011 A promising new diagnostic test will finally help detect more people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), a development that lends greater urgency to solve major problems surrounding the pricing and supply of DR-TB medicines, according to a report released today by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans...

2011-03-16 14:17:16

The standard approach to re-treating tuberculosis (TB) in low and middle income settings is failing, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. In a study published today in the open access journal PLoS Medicine, researchers call for improved access to rapid diagnostics for drug resistant TB, second-line TB treatment and antiretroviral HIV therapy. Each year, between one in ten and one in five patients treated for TB see their disease return after failing, interrupting or relapsing...

2011-03-16 13:57:21

The standard retreatment regimen for tuberculosis has low treatment response rates and is associated with poor long term outcomes in certain subgroups of patients, particularly those infected with both HIV and multi-drug resistant TB. These findings from a study by Edward Jones-L³pez from Boston University Medical School, Boston, USA, and colleagues and published in this week's PLoS Medicine, indicate that the standard retreatment approach to TB as implemented in low and middle-income...

2011-01-19 13:49:07

Standardized screening rule for TB in people living with HIV in low income settings In 2009, 1.7 million people died from TB"” which translates to 4700 deaths a day"”including 380, 000 people living with HIV. TB remains the most common cause of death in people living with HIV. This week in PLoS Medicine, Haileyesus Getahun (WHO) and colleagues report the development of a simple, standardized tuberculosis (TB) screening rule for resource-constrained settings, to identify people...

2011-01-14 19:13:15

Identifying tuberculosis patients in Africa using passive methods is leaving many cases undiagnosed, according to researchers from the Netherlands, Kenya and the United States, who studied case detection methods in HIV-prone western Kenya. Tuberculosis (TB) occurs commonly in men and women with HIV, but in these patients TB can be more difficult to detect. The findings were published online ahead of the print edition of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and...

2011-01-06 12:51:26

New research findings which show that vitamin D can speed up antibiotic treatment of tuberculosis (TB) have been revealed by scientists at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The study - which gives fresh insight into how vitamin D may affect the immune response - is published today (6 January 2011) in The Lancet. In a trial led by Dr Adrian Martineau of the Centre for Health Sciences at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry "“ and funded by the...

2011-01-03 13:46:08

China Medical University study shows higher incidence of cancer in those who have had tuberculosis Although a clear association of tuberculosis with lung cancer remains to be established, a new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology provides compelling evidence of increased lung cancer risk among people with tuberculosis. Researchers at China Medical University and Hospital in Taiwan randomly selected 1 million patients covered under the country's National...