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It's World TB Day, and the Lancet Journals Offer Reviews, Commentary — Physician’s First Watch

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March 24, 2014

It's World TB Day, and the Lancet Journals Offer Reviews, Commentary

By Joe Elia

On the occasion of World TB Day, Lancet-affiliated journals offer a set of articles focusing on emerging treatments, drug resistance, and policy matters.

In the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, there are reviews on global tuberculosis control and vaccine development, as well as commentaries about the effect of the disease on children and about the alarming concept of totally-drug-resistant disease. A quick run through the offerings reveals that roughly 1.3 million TB deaths occurred in 2012, and that in some African countries, 10% of the children dying of respiratory disease had tuberculosis.

There are more TB articles in the other Lancet journals, and the link below will take you to all of them

Reader Comments (2)

Mary Warner Physician, Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical Center

Many facilities in the US are reporting more positive AFB smears as mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), rather than TB. Your article is very useful but physicians know much less about MAC and cases are on the rise. It would be a great service to devote an issue to NTM (most of which are MAC). The information is very much needed. As you know, the National Jewish Health hospital in Denver, CO are among the country's top experts and I think would support my suggestion. Thank you for your consideration.

M D Warner, MD, PhD

* * Physician, Infectious Disease

Excellent

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