Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is a common infectious disease caused by bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis which affects the lungs. Main symptoms of TB are severe cough that lasts for three weeks or longer, bloody or discoloured sputum, night sweats, fever, fatigue and weakness, pain in the chest, loss of appetite, and pain during breathing or coughing. India had the highest total number of TB cases worldwide in 2010 partly due to poor disease management by the private healthcare sector. TB can be prevented by vaccination and maintaining high levels of hygiene. One infected, the patient should follow the medication regimen properly. By not doing so, there are chances of developing resistance to anti-TB drugs resulting in an aggressive form of TB called MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant TB).

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World TB Day 2014 — 10 reasons docs think the tuberculosis burden is rising
- Pavitra Sampath
March 24, 2014 at 06:49pm
March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day. We beat polio, and now it’s tuberculosis we have to beat. Having the largest population of people infected …

World Tuberculosis Day 2014: Can the private sector reduce India’s TB burden?
- Nirmalya Dutta
March 24, 2014 at 05:59pm
With India's ever growing TB burden it would be foolish not to seek help from the private sector, which already has most of the nation's healthcare …

World Tuberculosis Day 2014: 3 challenges facing treatment of TB in India
- Shraddha Rupavate
March 24, 2014 at 05:50pm
Here's why India carries the burden of increasing number of TB cases.

World Tuberculosis Day 2014: 6 strategies to overcome challenges in TB treatment
- Shraddha Rupavate
March 24, 2014 at 05:49pm
Here's what experts believe should be done about overcoming challenges in TB treatment.

World Tuberculosis Day 2014 — top 9 symptoms you should look out for
- Pavitra Sampath
March 24, 2014 at 01:32pm
Here are the commonest symptoms of tuberculosis you should know about.

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World Tuberculosis Day 2014: How much do you know about TB? (Quiz)
- Shraddha Rupavate
March 24, 2014 at 12:22pm
Tuberculosis can affect anyone of you. Do you think you know enough about the disease? Take this quiz to find out.

World Tuberculosis Day 2014 — common diagnostic tests for tuberculosis explained
- Pavitra Sampath
March 24, 2014 at 11:50am
This World Tuberculosis Day learn about the different diagnostic techniques to test for TB, MDR TB and XDR TB.

World Tuberculosis Day 2014: Reach the 3 million
- Editorial Team
March 24, 2014 at 11:46am
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World Tuberculosis Day 2014: Revolutionary medicine — doctor treats MDR-TB patients with leprosy drugs
- Pavitra Sampath
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Here is an exclusive interview with Dr Kapil Salgia about the new line of treatment for patients with TB.

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- Mita Majumdar
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