Category Archives: TB

Xpert use reduced wait for treatment, study shows, but health system, patient challenges remain barriers to full benefits

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The demand for, and the promise of, quick accurate tools to diagnose tuberculosis, and to discover resistance to basic TB treatments, are based on a simple and seemingly irrefutable premise. Such tools, it has been pointed out, make early and effective treatment possible, benefiting both patients and public with faster and more frequent cures, and […]

When XDR-TB spread in Mumbai, “lots of togetherness” led to a path of solutions

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In Mumbai, the challenges to controlling the spread of drug-resistant TB are as dense, diverse and sprawling as the place itself. A small dot on the map, it is a “mega city,” as Mumbai TB officer Dr. Minni Khetarpal notes. It is the economic capital of India, the most urbanized region, and an epicenter for […]

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 […]