Researchers awarded £3.5m grant to improve prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in South African schoolchildren

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded a grant of £3.5m to researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of Cape Town (UCT) to carry out a trial to determine whether a weekly vitamin D supplement can prevent tuberculosis (TB) in South African primary school children. They will attempt to discover whether the supplement, taken by mouth for three years, can reduce the risk of acquiring 'latent TB infection' (LTBI) - a dormant TB infection that may develop into active, symptomatic TB in adolescence or early adulthood.  Preventing people - especially children - from acquiring LTBI in the first place could therefore reduce the number of people who go on to develop active TB
Source : www.medicalnewstoday.com      2015/10/17 09:25

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