Navigation Links
Newer Antibiotic Speeds TB Healing
Date:9/20/2007

Adding moxifloxacin cut recovery time by 2 months, researchers say

THURSDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the antibiotic moxifloxacin to the standard combination of drugs used to treat highly contagious tuberculosis (TB) could help reduce the time needed to cure patients from six months to four, say American and Brazilian researchers.

Their study of more than 170 people in Rio de Janeiro found that adding moxifloxacin increased by 17 percent the number of patients who cleared active TB infections from their lungs after two months of treatment (raising cure rates to 85 percent from 68 percent), compared to patients taking the standard combination with an older antibiotic called ethambutol.

The findings were to be presented this week at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Chicago.

"This is the most compelling evidence in nearly 25 years that a novel antibiotic drug combination works better than the current gold standard at curing active TB infection," study senior author Dr. Richard E. Chaisson, a professor of medicine, epidemiology and international health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement.

"Beyond the obvious value of healing patients more quickly, a shorter treatment time could also cut down on transmission of the disease to others and make it easier for health care workers worldwide, who are overwhelmed by large numbers of patients, to treat more people and to treat them faster," said Chaisson, the founding director of Hopkins' Center for Tuberculosis Research.

Each year, more than 9 million new TB cases are diagnosed worldwide. and more than 1.5 million people die from the disease.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about TB.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, Sept. 18, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. The Efficacy Of Newer Stents Questioned
2. Diuretics are better for treating blood pressure problems than newer medicines
3. Traditional risk factors are more harmful than newer factors of cardiac disease
4. Newer Generation Sleeping Pills Lack Superior Performance
5. Autoimmune Diseases – Newer Preventive Measure
6. Need for Newer AIDS Drugs In China
7. Newer Blood Pressure Drugs Decrease Risk Of Diabetes
8. Newer Antidepressants May Trigger Violent Behavior
9. Newer Class of Antidepressants Similar in Effectiveness, Side Effects Differ
10. Study Sheds Light on Value of Newer Antipsychotic Drugs for Schizophrenia
11. Cellulose Nanocrystal Research Paves the Way for Newer Vaccines, Computer Inks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, a holistic ... World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility is located. ... some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. Its residents ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to ... app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry ... fits all type program , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... TX (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin ... of the American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical ... and highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network ... the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased ... location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, ... presented a Bronze Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary ... part of the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or ... protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 According to a ... (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, ... Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & ... studies the market for the forecast period of 2016 ... 2.81 Billion by 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... Global Market - Forecast to 2022" report to their ... treatment method for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces ... fluid from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps ... and chloride in balance. Increasing number of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: