Tuberculosis

11:01am

Tue July 9, 2013
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What It Takes To Cure Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:16 am

Patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis have to take antibiotics for two to three years.
Alyson Hurt NPR

We recently chatted with Dr. Mel Spigelman, the president of TB Alliance, and he answered five common questions about tuberculosis. We edited his responses for length and clarity.

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1:37am

Tue July 9, 2013
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Treating The 'Body And Soul' In A Russian TB Prison

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:41 am

An inmate practices for the yearly talent show in the prison's concert hall. Such cultural activities are part of the hospital's treatment, which combines correction with education, medical and psychological therapy.
Konstantin Salomatin/for NPR

Igor Davydenko is rail-thin with dark circles under his eyes. He has a haunted look, reinforced by black prison overalls with reflective tape on the shoulders and cuffs.

Davydenko could be labeled as a loser in many ways. The 31-year-old is a drug addict, serving time for robbery and assault. He's serving his third stretch in a Siberian prison.

But Davydenko is about to become a winner in at least one way. If all goes well, he will soon be declared cured of one of the deadliest forms of tuberculosis.

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2:06pm

Tue July 2, 2013
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Curing Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis In Kids Takes Creativity

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:07 pm

Rukshona Saidova, 12, lives with both HIV and tuberculosis. She can't walk right now because the diseases have atrophied muscles in her legs.
Jason Beaubien NPR

The world is struggling to cope with a growing epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Treatment is even more complicated for children.

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1:20am

Tue July 2, 2013
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Myths And Stigma Stoke TB Epidemic In Tajikistan

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 8:51 am

Nurse Tina Martin checks on Orion Qurbonaliev, 4, who has tuberculosis. Orion's grandmother, Kholbibi Abdulloeva, also has TB.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Four-year-old Orion Qurbonaliev is lucky to be alive. Just last February, the little boy was lying comatose in the tuberculosis ward of a hospital in southern Tajikistan. The bacteria had spread to his spine and paralyzed the right side of his body. He was severely dehydrated and malnourished.

The staff on the government-run ward had run out of options for treating Orion. "They just left this kid to die," says Tina Martin, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders.

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2:52pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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Faces Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:25 am

Forms of tuberculosis are emerging that are costly, difficult and at times, nearly impossible to treat. This new, worldwide threat is called multidrug-resistant TB, and it occurs when the bacteria no longer respond to the most common TB medications. Doctors have to turn, instead, to older, less effective drugs that can have devastating side effects such as hearing loss, blindness, aches and severe depression.

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