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Tuberculosis (TB) patients are more likely to adhere to treatment administered over video on a smartphone than through face-to-face appointments, a study has found. Directly observed treatment (DOT) has been the standard of care for TB since the early 1990s, but it is inconvenient for patients and service providers. The smartphone-enabled video-observed therapy (VOT), recommended by the World Health Organization as an alternative to DOT, is a more effective approach to TB treatment, stated the study published in The Lancet. 
A new experimental antibiotic for tuberculosis has been shown to be more effective against TB than isoniazid, a decades-old drug which is currently one of the standard treatments. In mouse studies, the new drug showed a much lower tendency to develop resistance, and it remains in the tissues where the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria reside for longer, killing them more effectively. The research is published February 11 in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
The Board of the Stop TB Partnership has issued an urgent call to countries, donors, development agencies and investment partners to “Step up the Fight” and increase funding to at least US$14 billion for the 2020-2022 replenishment cycle of the Global Fund, in order to fulfill promises made at the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB.
In resource-limited settings, urine-based screening of all hospitalized patients with HIV is a cost-effective strategy that could increase their life expectancy, according to a microsimulation modelling study published in The Lancet Global Health.
Rapid blood tests used by the NHS are unable to rule out tuberculosis (TB) and should be replaced with a new, more accurate test, a study has found.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death from infectious diseases. Globally, it accounts for around 1.3 million deaths and 10.4 million people develop the disease every year.
Newly developed medicine could be used to treat thousands of patients with tuberculosis (TB), reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics.
Scientists have discovered a genetic variant that predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis. It’s surprisingly common—but if you carry it, you likely will never know.
Cheka Impilo, check your health, check for HIV and tuberculosis (TB), know your status. This is the important message that will be shared at this year’s commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1st.
29 Nov 2018
World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died.