Category Archives: TB

TB trial will test shorter, simpler regimen for drug-resistant and drug-sensitive disease

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A clinical TB treatment trial announced Wednesday will show if a regimen of two new TB drug candidates and one that is part of existing tuberculosis treatment can streamline, shorten and greatly reduce costs of treatment for the disease, including some drug-resistant strains, significantly improving the odds that more patients will complete treatment successfully. The […]

TB Reach project results show need for new approaches to lift case detection rates

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For a decade and a half after the World Health Organization launched the expansion of directly observed treatment for tuberculosis, strides against the disease, highlighted by a nearly six-fold increase in cases documented, looked promising, an article released Thursday on PLOS ONE notes. But over the last half decade, with efforts largely reliant on “passive […]

XDR-TB treatment outcomes are dismal, spell trouble for global public health

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“The situation regarding MDR and XDR tuberculosis is bleak,” according to a commentary in response to a study looking at long-term outcomes of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis patients in South Africa, published in The Lancet last week by Elize Pietersen and colleagues. Researchers followed up with South African patients with XDR-TB who had been a part […]