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46th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Capetown, South Africa

Most important part of tuberculosis treatment is social support, patients say

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Goodman Macanda’s life revolved around taking  medicines. Every morning he took ten pills. Then he went to the community clinic in Khayelitsha and waited while nurses searched for a place that wasn’t already swollen, so they could give him yet another in a six-month-long series of daily painful injections. After returning […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: How to treat TB during war and conflict

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Imagine you’re one of the 1.5 billion people who live in one of the 42 countries currently affected by war and conflict. One day you must flee with your family and leave everything you’ve known behind in a desperate attempt to save your life. Now you’re one of the 60 million […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: Zoonotic TB poses little known threat

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – One million people have been infected by mycobacterium bovis over the past decade, scientists said here this week. The zoonotic strain of tuberculosis, acquired from livestock, is clinically indistinguishable from the most common airborne strain, but results in longer, more costly treatments, more drug resistance, and more deaths than mycobacterium tuberculosis, scientists […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: Health workers at greater risk for TB, but unlikely to be screened for it

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Health care workers should be considered a key population along with prisoners, miners, and other populations that are at higher risk than the general public of becoming infected with tuberculosis, speakers here said Friday. Health workers in high-burden countries have more than three and a half times the risk of others that they […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: Communities central to ending HIV and TB

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – It wasn’t necessarily the health system in Zimbabwe that saved Constance Manwa when she was diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis two years after being diagnosed with HIV. While an integrated care system had detected her HIV when she went in for prenatal care, the same system failed to quickly diagnose her MDR-TB, […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: Romania’s poor relegated to antiquated tuberculosis care

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – When Jonathan Stillo asked the medical director of a mountaintop sanatorium in Romania what she would like to change about the sanatorium, she said she would like to blow the place up and build a small, modern clinic in town where the patients are – a model that’s more in-line with current […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: Study shows shorter treatment for MDR-TB as effective, more successful than standard regimen

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Preliminary results from studies looking at shorter treatment regimens for drug-resistant tuberculosis show that a revolution in treatment for the disease is possible in the near future, researchers said in a presentation here today. The first results from an observational study in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa show that a nine-month […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: World leaders call for immediate investments to end TB

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Global and national leaders met this week at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Cape Town to endorse the Stop TB Partnership’s new plan to end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2035. The plan calls for diagnosing and treating at least 90 percent of all people infected with tuberculosis, including […]

Union World Conference on Lung Health: Better medicines to treat TB in children arrive

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Today the TB Alliance, UNITAID and partners announced the availability of simple to administer and affordable medicines in the correct doses to treat tuberculosis in children. With 140,000 children globally who die of the curable disease every year, the announcement, made at the Union Lung Health conference in Cape Town, South […]