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Hope for more effective TB treatment

July 24, 2012
"The results of this study give healthcare providers on the front-lines of the TB epidemic hope for better, faster tools needed to stop this disease."
- Andreas Diacon, lead researcher for the trial

Hopes of a new, more effective therapy for tuberculosis have been raised following the results of early trials.

The study showed three drugs given in combination killed more than 99% of TB bacteria after two weeks of treatment.

The therapy appeared to be equally effective on the drug-resistant form of the disease in the trials of 85 patients, a team led by Stellenbosch University in South Africa reported.

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