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Change in Conversion Definition May Improve TB Detection

Increase from IFN γ0.7 IU/mL would improve identification of those at risk of tuberculosis
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

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[Daily Maverick] The start of 2017 saw concern over a sharp increase in the rise of drug- resistant TB in South Africa. TB is killing millions each year. Last week, M édecins Sans Frontières published promising early data on the use of two new TB drugs, delamanid and bedaquiline, among patients living with drug-resistant TB in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. But availability remains the biggest concern.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONS: The high levels of risky drinking among chronic care patients, particularly among patients receiving treatment for HIV and TB, are concerning. Instituting appropriate screening measures and referral to treatment would be an important first step in mitigating the effects of risky alcohol use among chronic care patients. PMID: 29025457 [PubMed - in process]
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
Authors: Maltezou HC, Elhadad D, Glikman D Abstract INTRODUCTION: The past decade the Middle East and Southeastern Europe have witnessed an enormous movement of refugees due to the Syrian war and conflicts in Asia and Africa. Although carriage of and infections with multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogens in refugees have been reported, pediatric data are scarce. Areas covered: MDR bacterial carriage and infections, and MDR-tuberculosis (TB) in refugee children from 2010. Expert commentary: High MDR carriage rates in refugee children are attributed to high pre-civil war MDR rates, war-damaged infrastructure and health...
Source: Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther Source Type: research
Conclusions: children with TB represent a large proportion of the pool of undetected TB. A simple TB active case-finding program targeted to high risk groups like children households of severely ill admitted patients with TB can successfully be implemented in a country with limited resources.
Source: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Despite differences in baseline characteristics including cardiovascular risk factors, mortality rates on follow-up were similar in men and women in this study. However, these different baseline characteristics probably suggest differences in the pathogenesis of PH in men and women in our setting that need further investigation. PMID: 29022535 [PubMed - in process]
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This prospective study provides real-life data on thrombosis diagnosis and management at a quaternary public healthcare facility, providing a valuable baseline against which the effect of new DOAC anticoagulants can be assessed. Further research is required to clarify the aetiological association between thrombosis and HIV and TB. PMID: 29022529 [PubMed - in process]
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: GeneXpert MTB/RIF is an accurate test for the detection of TB in tissue samples of HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected patients with suspected musculoskeletal TB. A positive GeneXpert MTB/RIF result should be regarded as microbiological confirmation of TB. PMID: 29022528 [PubMed - in process]
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: CMV retinitis causes debilitating, permanent sequelae, which is preventable by ART initiation at higher CD4+ cell counts. Despite achieving virological suppression, vision could not be completely restored in these patients, irrespective of the severity of CMV retinitis. PMID: 29022526 [PubMed - in process]
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
Conclusions: Detailed patient characteristics that had an impact on information bias were identified through the differing levels of agreement. PMID: 29020761 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: J Prev Med Public Health Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The biomarker of oxidative stress in pulmonary tuberculosis patients has not been found. Oxidative stress occurs due to the low level of antioxidants. Single nucleotide polymorphism of glutamate-cysteine ligase subunit catalytic (GCLC) gene namely -129C/T GCLC has been reported to have an association with a risk factor of oxidative stress' susceptibility. The Objective of this study was to determine the GCLC polymorphism in pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) patient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Blood samples of 225 pulmonary TB patients were taken from the central public health in Semar...
Source: Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences: PJBS - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Tags: Pak J Biol Sci Source Type: research
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