New test could change how tuberculosis is treated

09/2/2010 | AlertNet

Researchers say a new molecular test that can confirm a diagnosis of tuberculosis within two hours, and identify some drug-resistant strains, will help medical professionals better treat patients, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Some health advocates worry that the cost of the machine and computers needed to analyze test results will prevent broad application in poor countries until less-expensive means is developed.

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