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Vitamin C Can Kill Drug-Resistant TB Bacteria

Vitamin C can kill drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in laboratory culture, according to a new, surprising discovery by experts at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The research, published in Nature Communications, indicates that adding vitamin C to existing TB drugs could shorten TB therapy. The finding calls attention to a novel area for drug design.

TB results from infection with the bacterium M. tuberculosis. About 8.7 million people were affected by TB in 2011, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), while approximately 1.4 million died from it. A recent report indicated that a handheld diagnostic device that was originally developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to quickly diagnose TB.
 
 

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