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Global Antibiotic Use Soars as Resistance Fears Rise

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Overuse of antibiotics is one of the main causes of the dangerous health threats posed by antibiotic resistance – when the drugs are no longer effective against the diseases they were designed to fight. Yet new research finds that antibiotic use by people rose 39 percent worldwide between 2000 and 2015, adding to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, scientists ...

Global Efforts to Combat TB Epidemic Falling Short

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 – Countries around the world need to work harder to combat tuberculosis infections and deaths, a new World Health Organization report says. Nations across the globe have pledged to reduce tuberculosis (TB) infections by 80 percent and TB deaths by 90 percent by 2030, but they must work faster if they want to meet these goals, according to the WHO. "We face an uphill ...

Tuberculosis Decline in U.S. Has Stalled, CDC Reports

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Two decades of progress toward eliminating tuberculosis in the United States has stalled, with incidence of the lung disease holding steady from 2013 to 2015, a federal government report shows. "Resuming progress toward TB elimination in the United States will require intensification of efforts both in the U.S. and globally," said researchers from the U.S. Centers for ...

Screen High-Risk Adults for Tuberculosis, Experts Say

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Adults at greater risk for latent tuberculosis infection should be screened for the condition, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends. "The task force recommends that primary care clinicians screen adults at increased risk for [latent TB] to help prevent the progression to active TB," panel member Dr. Francisco Garcia said in a task force news release. Garcia ...

New TB Test May Help Simplify Diagnosis

Posted 20 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 – A simple new blood test for tuberculosis may one day help improve diagnosis and treatment of the deadly disease in developing countries, researchers report. The inexpensive test identifies a gene expression "signature" that distinguishes people with active TB from those with either latent TB or other diseases, according to the research team from the Stanford University ...

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 ...

Toxic Chemicals May Weaken Infants' Response to TB Vaccine

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – Exposure to toxic chemicals while in the womb or in early life may weaken a baby's immune system response to the tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, researchers say. The study focused on two common toxins: PCBs, an industrial chemical; and DDT, used in pesticides. These so-called "persistent" pollutants are not easily broken down and remain a health threat years after being ...

Doctors Save Life of U.S. Child With Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 15, 2015 – A 5-year-old child from the United States, stricken at age 2 with a deadly form of tuberculosis after traveling to India, is finally in remission, researchers report. The case, one of only a handful reported in the medical literature, highlights the difficulties of treating an extensively drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, known as XDR TB, in children, the researchers ...

Swiss Report Highlights Danger of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – A new report on a patient in Switzerland who nearly died after catching a highly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis illustrates exactly what public health officials around the world fear most. Although antibiotics have largely eradicated tuberculosis in the United States in recent decades, experts say evidence is mounting that the bacteria is becoming increasingly ...

U.S. Health Officials Search for Those Exposed to Drug-Resistant TB

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – U.S. health authorities are trying to find anyone who may have had contact with a woman who has been diagnosed with a highly drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. The woman flew from India to Chicago in April. She then traveled to Missouri and Tennessee before returning to Chicago, where she sought treatment at a hospital about seven weeks after arriving in the United ...

Could Stem Cells Cure Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis?

Posted 9 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 – A patient's own bone marrow stem cells might someday be used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a new study suggests. The phase 1 study to assess the safety of the treatment included 30 patients, aged 21 to 65, with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis or the even more dangerous extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. They received standard tuberculosis antibiotic ...

New Test Detects TB and Antibiotic Resistance

Posted 26 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 26 – A new test to detect bacteria that cause tuberculosis and simultaneously determine if the bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic rifampin has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Xpert MTB/RIF Assay is less complex to administer than other screening tests for TB. Results are available in about two hours, while traditional methods to detect TB could take ...

TB Drug Shortages Put U.S. Patients in Peril, Study Finds

Posted 17 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 17 – Shortages of key tuberculosis drugs are posing a real hazard to patients throughout the United States, a new report finds. The shortages are making it even more difficult to treat what's known as multidrug-resistant forms of the infectious respiratory illness, the researchers said. These patients often require so-called "second-line drugs" when the medication of choice fails. ...

Sirturo Approved for Multi-Drug Resistant TB

Posted 2 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2 – Sirturo (bedaquiline) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use with other drugs to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis when alternative treatments aren't available. TB, which is spread through the air, is among the world's deadliest respiratory diseases. Nearly 9 million people worldwide and more than 10,000 in the United States contracted the ...

FDA Approves Sirturo to Treat Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Posted 31 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

December 31, 2012 – On Dec. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sirturo (bedaquiline) as part of combination therapy to treat adults with multi-drug resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) when other alternatives are not available. TB is an infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. It is spread from person to person through the air ...

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