Sun-exposed oyster mushrooms help patients fight tuberculosis
(American Society for Nutrition) In a new study, researchers show that sun-exposed oyster mushrooms offer a readily available source of vitamin D that can help TB patients respond better to anti-TB drugs by improving immune response.
ConclusionThe results suggested that Xanthine, 4-Pyridoxate, and d-glutamic acid may serve as potential biomarkers for pulmonary TB. The present study provides experimental basis for developing potential biomarkers of pulmonary TB.
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Publication date: Available online 20 August 2019Source: The Journal of Molecular DiagnosticsAuthor(s): Amy Oreskovic, Norman D. Brault, Nuttada Panpradist, James J. Lai, Barry R. LutzUrine cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is a valuable noninvasive biomarker for detecting cancer mutation, diagnosing infectious disease (eg, tuberculosis), monitoring organ transplantation, and prenatal screening. Conventional silica DNA extraction does not efficiently capture urine cfDNA, which is dilute (ng/mL) and highly fragmented (30 to 100 nt). The clinical sensitivity of urine cfDNA detection increases with decreasing target length, motivating us...
We describe a pediatric intensive care unit nurse with latent TB infection who developed hemoptysis and a lung infiltrate concerning for active TB. Her evaluation and contact investigation were facilitated by our institution's command center. Although TB was ultimately ruled out, this case tested our team-based care in response to a suspected high-consequence pathogen.
The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of malaria/TB coinfection among bacteriologically confirmed adult TB patients at a national TB treatment centre in Uganda. Using a cross-sectional study design we enrolled 363 bacteriologically confirmed adult TB patients, and data on demographics and medical history was collected. Blood samples were tested for malaria blood smear, rapid malaria diagnostic test (RDT), complete blood count, haematological film analysis, HIV serology, and CD4+ and CD8+ cell counts. Malaria was defined as either a positive blood smear or RDT. The study participants were mostly male (...
This study explores a possible association with tuberculosis.
We report a rare case of concomitant pulmonary TB and leprosy identified in the United States.
Introduction: Despite the known association between the use of biologic medications and reactivation of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) the rate of LTBI among indigent Hispanic psoriatic patients living in the U.S. has not been studied. Little is known about the overall impact LTBI may pose on their treatment of psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.
We present a case of a 48-year-old male who developed patchy hair loss on the scalp and limbs clinically consistent with alopecia areata, two months following re-commencement of HAART.
Publication date: Available online 20 August 2019Source: Anaesthesia &Intensive Care MedicineAuthor(s): Victoria Howell, Tom BashfordAbstractThe range of infectious diseases encountered while working overseas in resource limited settings varies enormously depending on where in the world one is working, although the majority of low and middle income countries lie within the tropics. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis (TB) and malaria are commonly encountered when working in tropical countries and may have an impact upon anaesthesia, either as a direct result of the condition or due to interaction with the ...