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Simple face masks could significantly prevent spread of TB to non-infected patients

(American Thoracic Society) Face masks worn by patients infected with tuberculosis (TB) may be able to significantly cut transmission rates to non-infected patients, according to a new study by researchers from the US and South Africa.

Published
17 May 2011
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
New regimen prevents TB in 12 weekly doses

A large trial has shown that a 12-week course of combination treatment for latent tuberculosis is just as effective as a nine-month course of isoniazid in countries

Published
17 May 2011
By
Keith Alcorn
Research offers simpler, effective treatment option for latent TB infection

Results from one of the largest U.S. government clinical trials on tuberculosis preventive therapy to date suggest that treatment for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection – normally a difficult and lengthy regimen – may soon be easier than ever before in countries with low-to-medium incidence of TB.

Published
16 May 2011
From
US CDC
Know your epidemiology: one lesson of many for GeneXpert roll-out

The following is a guest blog post by Sophie Beauvais, of the  Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University, and Chris Gilpin from the Stop TB Department of the World Health Organization (WHO) team leading the roll-out of the GeneXpert rapid TB diagnostic test. The post summarizes an ongoing virtual panel discussion on the feasibility [...]

Published
16 May 2011
From
Science Speaks
Private sector TB treatment in Asia: a lot of it, but often sub-optimal

Private sector markets for tuberculosis drugs in some Asian countries are providing enough drugs to treat every new TB case each year – but in many cases

Published
06 May 2011
By
Keith Alcorn
South Africa: Aids Council to Tackle Tuberculosis

The extent of tuberculosis and HIV co-infection rates in South Africa has firmly placed tuberculosis on the agenda of the South African National AIDS Council.

Published
05 May 2011
From
AllAfrica
Leading global health groups call on US to accelerate research

A coalition of 30 leading global health organizations that work on vaccines, drugs, and other tools and technologies that save lives today released a list of recommendations for US policymakers and regulators, calling for acceleration of scientific innovations and streamlining the approval of safe and affordable inventions in order to save more lives around the world.

Published
03 May 2011
From
Eurekalert HIV
TB study points to drugs to halt lung destruction

Scientists have identified a key enzyme responsible for destroying lung tissue in tuberculosis (TB) and say the finding could lead swiftly to new treatments for the highly infectious disease.

Published
25 April 2011
From
Reuters
The New Profile of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Russia: A Global and Local Perspective

Representatives from the Russian public health community shared their experiences in fighting drug-resistant TB, and participants discussed lessons learned, best practices, and new approaches that can be used worldwide to treat and prevent TB.

Published
13 April 2011
From
Institute of Medicine
Use of combination drug regimen for treating TB may represent an effective treatment option

In patients with newly diagnosed tuberculosis, 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.

Published
12 April 2011
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health

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