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Mass TB Tests 'Would Save Billions'

A World Bank study has estimated that South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique could save approximately 13 billion rand a year in increased productivity and reduced TB transmission by spending 330 million rand per year to test and treat miners in the gold and platinum mining industry for TB.

Published
31 March 2014
From
Business Daily
Poor Diagnosis Driving Global Multidrug-Resistant TB, WHO Warns

In 2012, fewer than 25 percent of the 500,000 people with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) infections received a diagnosis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, many MDR TB-infected individuals received the wrong treatment or no treatment at all.

Published
24 March 2014
From
Reuters
South Africa Battles Drug-Resistant TB

Despite an increase in diagnosis times, South Africa is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and those who start treatment.

Published
12 March 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Xpert TB test doesn’t reduce morbidity but it does have important advantages

While it is disappointing that the Xpert did not confer a morbidity or mortality benefit, its advantages include quicker and easier diagnosis with less work for health workers.

Published
10 March 2014
From
HIV i-Base
CROI 2014: GeneXpert real world study yields mixed results, highlights SA health system challenges

Gavin Churchyard and Katherine Fielding presented results this morning from the XPert for TB: Evaluating a New Diagnostic Trial (EXTEND) on the question of whether Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test reduces early mortality in adults with suspected TB, facilitates earlier initiation of TB treatment and antiretroviral therapy and reduces the number of patients

Published
05 March 2014
From
Science Speaks
TB-HIV news from the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

This edition of HATIP reports on the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held in Paris, 30 October-3 November 2013.

Published
28 February 2014
From
HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
GeneXpert use still hobbled by high pricing, Treatment Action Group, TB Community Advisory Board say

Letter to Cepheid cites continued cost of machines, Russia, China cartridge costs of five to six times negotiated price, and more.

Published
28 January 2014
From
Science Speaks
GLOBAL: Xpert MTB/RIF Test Quickly Detects TB and Resistance to Rifampicin

News-Medical.net reported on a second systematic review of the Xpert® MTB/RIF TB test, which is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO commissioned this updated Cochrane Review as part of the process to update the policy on the use of the test.

Published
23 January 2014
From
CDC National Prevention Information Network
Cotrimoxazole prophylaxis neither reduces TB risk nor complicates TB diagnosis in people with HIV

Cotrimoxazole prophylaxis has no impact on incidence or detection of tuberculosis (TB) in people with HIV, a study published PLoS One shows. The prospective, observational study involved

Published
21 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
Urgency Needed in the Global Response to Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

In the second of two linked posts, Lindsay McKenna and Colleen Daniels of Treatment Action Group (TAG) describe the importance of access to timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis and demand that urgency be returned to the global DR-TB response.

Published
04 November 2013
From
PLoS Blogs
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