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Preliminary data show high success rate for dramatically shortened multidrug-resistant TB treatment option

Thursday, 30 October, 2014, Barcelona, Spain – A nine-month treatment regiment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) appears to be as effective as a 12-month regiment, according to data from two new studies being presented today at the 45 th World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona, Spain. Preliminary data from an observational cohort study coordinated by...


Activists urge Otsuka to provide access to TB drug

Only a handful of patients have received Otsuka’s new drug, delamanid BARCELONA, SPAIN, October 30, 2014 — Tuberculosis (TB) activists interrupted Otsuka’s symposium at the 45th Conference on Lung Health, calling for widespread registration of and immediate broad compassionate use access to delamanid, Otsuka’s new drug to treat multidrug-resistant TB...


Source Source: TB Online

WHO guidelines on the management of latent tuberculosis infection launched at the 45th Conference on Lung Health

A new frontier in diagnosing and treating latent tuberculosis infection Barcelona | 28 October 2014| For the first time, the World Health Organization has issued new guidelines on testing, treating and managing latent TB infection (LTBI) in individuals with high risk of developing disease. It is estimated that about one-third of the world's population has latent TB, which means...


Russia: Lawmakers, medics urge compulsory treatment of tuberculosis

MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. Is it right to resort to compulsion to cure a sick person? It depends, say some Russian legislators. Communist State Duma member Alexander Kravets is going to initiate a legal act which, if adopted, will empower medics to send tuberculosis patients who refuse to receive medical aid to hospitals for compulsory treatment without waiting for a court...


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MSF sounds alarm on practices and policies dangerously out of step with what’s needed to contain the global drug-resistant TB crisis

30th October 2014, BARCELONA, Spain – Outmoded policies and practices and critical gaps in care for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are fuelling a worldwide public health crisis, said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a new report, ‘ Out of Step’ , released today at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health. Based on a survey of eight high TB...