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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...


Source Source: TASS

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...


Preterm births drop in Frankfurt HIV group, but not other problems

Preterm deliveries dropped steeply over 11 years in a Frankfurt cohort of HIV-positive women. But over the same period, rates of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and other problems did not change and remained higher than in the general population. Complications of pregnancy are a persisting concern among HIV-positive women throughout the world. Researchers working with the...


Massive HIV vaccine trial possible in South Africa soon

The only HIV vaccine in the world that worked slightly in Thailand also seems to work on South Africans. Despite being fatter than Thai people and exposed to a different strain of HIV, 100 South Africans responded in a similar way to a vaccine that protected about a third of Thai people against HIV. “We were really excited to see the vaccine got exactly the same...


Source Source: Health-e