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New trials offer hope for TB treatment

Researchers at the University of St Andrews are one step closer to finding a shorter, more effective treatment for TB, according to a new paper published by The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Possible breakthrough in tuberculosis research on the horizon

"New weapon in fight against the deadliest disease! Medicine can be used to treat existing illness and prevent reoccurrence." These headlines were published 125 years ago and shook up not only the world of science and medicine, ...

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Clinical trials of VPM1002 as a tuberculosis vaccine in newborns

The only tuberculosis vaccine currently approved, the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, protects children from the most severe forms of the disease in most cases but does not provide protection against the most common ...

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Characteristics of tuberculosis source cases identified

(HealthDay)—In 26 U.S. tuberculosis outbreaks the initial source case-patients had long incubation periods and were characterized by substance abuse, incarceration, and homelessness, according to a study published in the ...

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New whole blood assay may help overcome roadblocks to TB eradication

One of the roadblocks to the eradication of tuberculosis (TB) is the difficulty in identifying patients with latent TB infections (LTBI). Neither the tuberculin skin test (TST) nor interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) ...

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ICAAC: Moxifloxacin regimens are not noninferior for TB

(HealthDay)—For patients with uncomplicated, smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis, moxifloxacin-containing regimens over four months are not noninferior to a control regimen, according to a study published online Sept. ...

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BCG vaccine more effective than previously thought

The BCG vaccine has been found to be more effective against the most common form of tuberculosis than previously thought, according to a new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.


TB patient charged in Calif for not taking meds

(AP) -- Authorities in California took the unusual step of jailing and charging a tuberculosis patient who they say refused to take medication to keep his disease from becoming contagious.

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