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Promising progress on TB

first_imgPatients with severe TB disease when they started treatment had worse outcomes than patients with less severe disease. Sixty-eight percent of people with severe disease had early favorable responses to the new regimen, compared to 89 percent without severe disease. Among patients with HIV coinfection, early outcomes on the new regimens were favorable in 73 percent, compared to 84 percent in those without HIV.The results are based on an analysis of early treatment results from more than 1,000 MDR-TB patients who were enrolled in the study between April 2015 and March 2018. The study examines outcomes after six months in a treatment that lasts 15 months or longer. Long-term effectiveness will be measured at the end of treatment and during follow-up.For this study, the researchers counted how many of those patients, within the first six months of treatment with regimens containing bedaquiline, delamanid, or both, experienced culture conversion, a state in which the bacteria that cause TB can no longer be found on a sample. Previous studies have shown this to be a strong predictor of successful treatment outcomes.Confirmation with end-of-treatment outcomes will be important and more work needs to be done to ensure successful treatment in these populations, the researchers said.“The early results from these studies offer convincing evidence that these new regimens offer a very promising alternative to the historical regimens that achieve approximately 60 percent success at end of treatment, and to other new treatments that are becoming available,” said Mitnick, who is a senior researcher at Partners In Health and co-principal investigator of the clinical trials being conducted by endTB.“We’re eager to follow these patients as they progress through treatment in order to verify the effectiveness of these new regimens,” she added.Complex challengesObservational research makes so many important contributions to improving treatment outcomes for complex illnesses in complicated populations that it is critical to continue research efforts past the stage of clinical trials in illnesses like tuberculosis, the researchers said.While tuberculosis has nearly disappeared in wealthier populations, it remains a critical threat in communities with fewer resources. A big part of the challenge of treating MDR-TB is finding regimens that will work in low-resource settings with complex populations that often include great diversity and many people who might be undernourished or sick with other illnesses.The partnership is also studying the safety of the new regimens. Preliminary results suggest that side effects from the new regimen may be much less severe than those seen with the historical treatment, which has been known to cause deafness and psychosis.“TB is well-controlled where control is easy,” Mitnick said. “We need to find better ways to treat it where it’s difficult.”The global reach of endTB has now provided clinicians with invaluable hands-on experience with bedaquiline and delamanid and helped change country guidelines, getting the new drugs registered for use in more than half of the17 endTB countries, the researchers said. The endTB observational study has contrinuted to changing global guidelines, including new recommendations for concomitant use of bedaquiline and delamanid and extended use of each drug.Moving forwardThe endTB partnership is using the same model for promoting innovation to prepare for what researchers hope will be the next change on the horizon in care for MDR-TB: all-oral, shortened regimens, which are being studied in the current phase of endTB’s clinical trial. While the implementation program continues to roll out and reaches new patients, the endTB trial has enrolled 465 patients with MDR-TB in new all-oral regimens that could transform care for MDR-TB.The all-oral regimens used in the endTB observational study and the all-oral, shortened regimens studied in the trials would be particularly helpful during international health crises like the coronavirus pandemic, the researchers noted. These all-oral regimens are much easier to deliver in routine times and especially so in times of extreme crisis that burden health systems.“If the ongoing trials demonstrate reduced toxicity of the all-oral, shortened regimens, this is another huge benefit for their delivery in good times and bad,” Mitnick said.The project also transformed the landscape for TB trials by running in six countries (Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa) on four continents. This is the first time a clinical trial has taken place in some of these sites, the researchers said.“In global health we see many vicious cycles, where poverty and lack of access to care combine to make diseases worse,” Franke said. “On the other hand, bringing care delivery, training and research together the way we are in the endTB project can be a kind of virtuous cycle, where each turn of the wheel brings better care, improved health and greater well-being.”The endTB project is funded by Unitaid. International epidemic expertise to help Massachusetts respond to COVID-19 New blood monitoring could be used to help people infected with tuberculosis New treatment regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) have shown early effectiveness in 85 percent of patients in a cohort that included many people with serious comorbidities that would have excluded them from clinical trials, according to the results of a new international study.The results, based on observational data from a diverse cohort of patients in 17 countries, underscore the need for expanded access to the recently developed TB medicines bedaquiline and delamanid. By contrast, the historical standard of care, still in use in much of the world, has approximately 60 percent treatment efficacy globally.The study was published July 24 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.“This is important evidence that these new regimens will work well for the true population suffering from this disease,” said lead study author Molly Franke, associate professor of global health and social medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.Global collaborationThe research was conducted as part of endTB, an international partnership with leaders from HMS, Partners In Health, Médecins Sans Frontières, Interactive Research & Development, the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, and Epicentre.“Our findings underscore the need for urgent expanded access to these drugs,” said Carole Mitnick, associate professor of global health and social medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS and a co-author of the study. While recent announcements of a price reduction for bedaquiline and an expected reduction for delamanid are welcome, the researchers said, more must be done to improve treatment guidelines worldwide and to scale up treatment with these new regimens.The need for better treatments for MDR-TB is dire. The WHO estimates that there are nearly 500,000 new cases of MDR-TB per year and that nearly 200,000 people die of the disease each year . In 2018, only one out of three patients were given an effective treatment, and only half of these were cured.New hopeIn the early 2010s, regulatory agencies approved the first new TB drugs in 50 years, bedaquiline and delamanid, offering hope for more effective and less toxic MDR-TB treatment. With the historical standard of care and some newer regimens, certain subgroups of patients, including those with HIV or hepatitis C or diabetes experience worse treatment outcomes than patients without these conditions. In addition, these conditions preclude patients from participating in clinical trials for these drugs.It’s important to examine whether these subgroups experience any benefit from the new regimens that might be observed in healthier study participants, the researchers said. They noted that only a large cohort study has the statistical power to explore these differences.The endTB study showed that for the new regimens, early treatment response was similar for patients without serious comorbidities or other complicating factors and for those with diabetes, hepatitis C and severe drug resistance. Related Community contact tracing A timely triage test for TBlast_img read more

The shoe still fits for Syracuse basketball and big-play freshman Tyler Lydon

first_img Published on March 29, 2016 at 12:05 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman CHICAGO – Even if the shoe fit, there was no time to put it on. Tyler Lydon’s left sneaker squirted off his foot and he couldn’t look back at it before Michael Gbinije swung a pass to his right and into the wide-open freshman’s hands.Isaiah Wilkins left the double team on Gbinije and darted to his left before soaring through the air. Lydon sold Wilkins on a pump fake before taking a dribble to his left and sinking a 3 with his white and orange sock still sliding across the floor. Gbinije threw Lydon’s shoe out of bounds against the outside of the scorer’s table and Lydon backpedaled the other way, pointing to his shoeless foot and barking at a referee for some sort of reprieve so he didn’t have to guard Anthony Gill with his sneaker three-quarters of the way down the other end of the court.“You can’t stop playing in that situation so I was like, ‘Why not?’” Lydon said. “I think that was like the first 3 I’d made since the first game.”It was a relatively insignificant bucket that cut Syracuse’s deficit to nine with 2:24 remaining in the first half against Virginia, but it was just about the last possible thing Lydon hadn’t done yet this season. He’s proved to be efficient from deep. He’s turned a hesitancy from the field into an ability to pump fake and finish at the rim. He’s hung with the big boys and blossomed into a reliable rebounder, often opposing centers that have far more bulk than the lanky freshman.On Sunday, his 11 points and six rebounds were heavily masked by a 21-point second half from fellow freshman Malachi Richardson. Lydon has rarely played the star. That’s left Gbinije, sometimes Richardson and even Trevor Cooney and Tyler Roberson on occasion. But in No. 10 seed Syracuse’s (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 68-62 upset of top-seeded Virginia (29-8, 13-5), the supporting role embodying efficiency and timely plays on both ends down the stretch fit seamlessly into the narrative of Lydon’s season that may still not have reached its peak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A lot of freshman normally … don’t continue to get better at the end of the year,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “Most of them come out in the beginning and then they kind of maintain, but he’s just been getting better and better the last six, seven or eight games.”If Lydon had maintained how he started this season, he’d be the star. A roaring and unexpected performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis set the bar high for the versatile freshman that was now popping up higher on scouting reports.Teams followed him out to the perimeter. They pounded the ball in his direction down low. Physically inferior to almost everyone he guarded, Lydon was on the receiving end of criticism from Jim Boeheim that he wasn’t physically ready after Isaiah Hicks and Brice Johnson tore through the Orange’s frontcourt in the Carrier Dome.Then there was the critique, from Boeheim, teammates and himself, of his hesitation from the field when he’d pass up wide-open shots for simple passes.Lydon couldn’t use his weight to manhandle centers, and he had to shed his stutter from the field. The versatility had faded midseason, was re-discovered down the stretch and had to find a way to carry over into a postseason that the Orange isn’t supposed to still be playing in.Those ways came in the form of stepping out to where he normally wouldn’t and blocking a Josh Perkins floater that saved Syracuse’s season in the Elite Eight. Or forcing Gill into a travel on a 2-on-1 with 8:17 left that allowed SU to slice its deficit to single digits on the next possession.“Tyler Lydon made a couple great plays in the back of (the press) to stop them in a 2-on-1 situation,” Boeheim said, “and we finally got our offense.”Then pulling a once-uncharacteristically quick trigger and hitting a 3-pointer from the wing against UVA to cut Syracuse’s deficit to three less than two minutes later. And finally hauling in a rebound with less than 10 seconds left over Gill and Malcolm Brogdon, an individual feat against two opponents normally reserved for Roberson, but one the freshman did to all but secure a Final Four spot after Roberson fouled out minutes prior.“He looks like a lightweight fighting heavyweight,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said, “and at the end of the day, no one’s really been able to really hurt him down there.”After his block against Gonzaga, Lydon elevated and hit the ground with the ball in his hands before hitting two foul shots. Following his rebound against Virginia, Lydon elevated and hit the ground with the ball in his hands before hitting another two foul shots. Both plays that will barely show up in a box score, but ones that may be the difference between the Orange heading to Houston or staying home.And one final time before Syracuse left the court at the United Center, Lydon elevated before coming back down on two feet. No foul shots were needed. No game needed to be sealed. This time, it was up a ladder to cut down the net and then back down.His left sneaker was snug on his foot, just like the shoe that Syracuse still fits. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more