Tuberculosis

Screening for latent tuberculosis infection: USPSTF finalizes recommendation

Screening for latent tuberculosis infection: USPSTF finalizes recommendation

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The USPSTF task force reviewed evidence regarding screening for LTBI in asymptomatic adults.

Latent tuberculosis infection screening recommended in at-risk adults

Latent tuberculosis infection screening recommended in at-risk adults

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The USPSTF concludes with moderate certainty a moderate net benefit in screening at-risk adults for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI).

Characteristics of tuberculosis source cases uncovered

Characteristics of tuberculosis source cases uncovered

Pulmonary tuberculosis smear-positive for acid-fast bacilli was confirmed in all case patients.

FDA approves rapid drug-resistant TB test

FDA approves rapid drug-resistant TB test

New TB assay detects drug-resistant strains in about two hours.

FDA approves Sirturo for MDR-TB

FDA approves Sirturo for MDR-TB

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Bedaquiline (Sirturo) has been granted accelerated approval to be used as part of combination therapy to treat adults with MDR-TB.

ART recommended for all with HIV, regardless of CD4 count

ART recommended for all with HIV, regardless of CD4 count

New recommendations state that all patients with HIV be treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) regardless of CD4 cell count.

Isoniazid TB prohpylaxis: 36 months more effective than six months

For HIV-infected adults with a positive tuberculin skin test, TB Prophylaxis with isoniazid for 36 months appears more effective than for six months.

Latent tuberculosis in a patient vaccinated with BCG?

Are health care providers performing proper follow-up for patients who where previously diagnosed with BCG vaccine who have positive skin tests for tuberculosis?

U.S. TB rates reach record low

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Despite advances in disease prevention, nation's 2010 tuberculosis eradication goal not met.

How effective is BCG vaccine against TB?

Given the number of immigrants from Third World countries, why are medical providers still teaching that BCG vaccine provides lifelong protection against TB?

Clearing for duty after PPD conversion

Clearing for duty after PPD conversion

When x-rays are not available, should asymptomatic employees be allowed to return to work?

Repeating the tuberculin skin test in an older patient

What risks are involved?

Patient confidentiality

Monitoring TB

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