Daily Archives: November 15, 2010

XDR TB – a glimmer of hope

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The following is a story from Health-e news reporter Lungi Langa. The story appeared in South African newspapers on Oct. 21, 2010.

Khayelitsha’s Nolungile Clinic yesterday celebrated the first patient to successfully complete the harrowing treatment for Extensively Drug Resistant (XDR) TB, and be cured.

Xoliswa Majola *(37) is living proof that XDR TB can be cured and that a patient can been successfully treated on an outpatient basis – Majola remained at home for the largest part of her two year treatment and went to the clinic every day to receive her treatment.

TAG reports TB R&D investment increases in 2010; still not enough

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The Treatment Action Group (TAG) has released the 2010 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005-2009, which shows a “dramatic increase” of $122.5 million in research & development (R&D) spending between 2008 and 2009, with a total spending level of $614 million. The National Institutes of Health, the European Commission, the U.K. Medical Research Council, […]