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TB Cases Falling for Foreign-Born People in U.S.

Posted 10 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 – Tuberculosis cases among foreign-born people in the United States fell by one-fifth in recent years, and the reasons for the decline depend on people's country of origin, a new study suggests. Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection affecting the lungs and sometimes other organs. Overall, TB cases in the United States decreased over the past two decades, but TB ...

Drug Makers, Governments Sign Deal to Fight Drug-Resistant Infections

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

A groundbreaking agreement between the drug industry and governments to work together to fight drug-resistant "superbugs" is expected to be announced Thursday. Under the deal, 74 drug makers, 11 diagnostic test makers, and nine industry groups pledge to work with each other and 16 countries to prevent and improve treatment of drug-resistant infections, the Associated Press reported. These ...

E-Pillboxes Improve Medication Adherence, Study Finds

Posted 15 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 – Electronic reminders may help people with tuberculosis take their medication properly, a new study suggests. Tuberculosis (TB) patients are less likely to miss doses when they receive alerts from an electronic pillbox, researchers report in the Sept. 15 issue of PLOS Medicine. Electronic pillboxes use visual, audio and/or vibration cues to signal when it's time to take ...

Shortage of Key Drug Hampering U.S. Efforts to Control TB: Report

Posted 23 May 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 23 – A shortage of a critical tuberculosis drug has hampered the efforts of health departments across the United States to contain the spread of the highly infectious lung disease, federal officials report. The drug, isoniazid (INH), was first used in 1951 and is one of four drugs considered to be the core of any first-line treatment for tuberculosis (TB). Patients must take the ...

New Medicine Might Fight Drug-Resistant TB, Study Says

Posted 6 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 6 – More than four decades after the last introduction of fresh treatments for tuberculosis, a new medication for multidrug-resistant strains of the global scourge has shown promise in a multinational trial. Scientists in nine countries tested delamanid – which inhibits the production of mycolic acid, a key component of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. In a phase 2 trial with 481 ...

CDC Issues New TB Treatment Guidelines

Posted 8 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8 – New guidelines on treating so-called "latent" tuberculosis infection in the United States should significantly shorten and simplify the course of the therapy from about 9 months to 3 months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new guidelines for public health officials and health care providers – which are based on expert opinion and the ...

TB Outbreaks in Texas Schools Show Disease Still a Threat

Posted 14 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 14 – Outbreaks among young people in Texas of the old foe tuberculosis – often mistakenly dismissed as a long-ago health menace now confined to the pages of a Charles Dickens novel – show that the respiratory disease is still easily contracted and remains a potential threat to Americans, experts say. "Tuberculosis has always been with us and probably always will be," said Dr. Len ...

New Combo Therapy May Prevent TB, Save Lives in People With HIV

Posted 6 Jul 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 6 – Simpler and shorter treatment with antibiotic drugs could help prevent full-blown tuberculosis in millions of people worldwide infected with the bacterium that causes TB, especially those also infected with HIV, researchers report. TB, or tuberculosis, is the leading cause of death among people co-infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. About half a million people with ...

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