First-ever national survey shows the extent of South Africa’s tuberculosis problem

South Africa’s long-awaited tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey results were recently released. This is the first national prevalence survey of its kind for TB in South Africa. TB prevalence surveys are difficult and expensive to do, and so are not carried out routinely, but have been done in many high burden countries following a World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation in 2007. […]

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Google-Backed Database Tracks Details on COVID Cases Worldwide

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A group of US and European epidemiologists on Tuesday launched an open international database that presents granular information on 5 million anonymized COVID-19 cases from more than 100 countries. Each case record in the database, which is housed at Global.health, contains up to 40 variables, including […]

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Flucon

NOTICE: This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons living in Australia. FLUCON EYE DROPS 0.1% Fluorometholone acetate Consumer Medicine Information What is in this leaflet Please read this leaflet carefully before you use any FLUCON Eye Drops. This leaflet answers some common questions about FLUCON Eye Drops. It does not contain all of the available information. It does […]

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Rhinocort Aqueous

NOTICE: This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons living in Australia. RHINOCORT® Budesonide Consumer Medicine Information What is in this leaflet This leaflet answers some common questions about Rhinocort. It does not contain all the available information.It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks and benefits.Your doctor has weighed […]

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These Algorithms Could Bring an End to the World’s Deadliest Killer

In some of the most remote and impoverished corners of the world, where respiratory illnesses abound and trained medical professionals fear to tread, diagnosis is increasingly powered by artificial intelligence and the internet. In less than a minute, a new app on a phone or a computer can scan an X-ray for signs of tuberculosis, Covid-19 and 27 other conditions. […]

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New animal model shows effective treatment for latent tuberculosis

A major goal of tuberculosis (TB) research is to find a way to treat people with the latent (or inactive) form of the disease to keep them from developing symptomatic TB. A breakthrough study using a new animal model developed for this purpose showed a combination of two classes of antibiotics can wipe out this hidden threat. The study was […]

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Why HIV patients are more likely to develop tuberculosis: Discovery could lead to new added therapy for HIV patients

Tuberculosis and HIV — two of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases — are far worse when they occur together. Now, Texas Biomedical Research Institute researchers have pinpointed an important mechanism at work in this troubling health problem. And, their discovery could lead to a new mode of treatment for people at risk. The results were published in the Journal of […]

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How to Get TB Patients to Take Their Pills? Persistent Texting and a ‘Winners Circle’

The hardest part of curing tuberculosis, doctors say, is getting patients to take all their pills every day for at least six months. Even the easiest regimens of four antibiotics can cause nausea, fevers, rashes and stomach pain. Health officials have tried many ways to persuade patients to comply, from gentle encouragement to imprisonment in locked wards. Now researchers have […]

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Charcoal-based drug delivery system improves efficacy of common herpes drug

A study led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that combining acyclovir — a commonly prescribed topical herpes medication — with particles of activated carbon improves efficacy of the drug. This new approach allows for less frequent dosing and overall course of treatment while providing some protection from infection by the virus as well, opening […]

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