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Study: Ancient Chinese Herb Aids Fight Against TB





Scientists have found that a drug used to treat malaria may also aid in the treatment of tuberculosis. The ancient Chinese herb, artemisinin, has the potential to shorten how long it takes to treat TB, something that could also fight drug resistance to antibiotics.

Scientists say they don’t know yet by how much time artemisinin might shorten a course of standard anti-TB drugs, but experiments in the test tube suggest that it could have a significant impact.

The bacterium that causes tuberculosis can lie dormant for years before taking advantage of a weakened immune system to ‘wake up’ and spread.

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Source:: VOANews.Com

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