Merrill Goozner traveled to Siberia to find out if rising rates of MDR-TB in Russia can be curbed
Veteran journalist Merrill Goozner, director of the Integrity in Science project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, discusses his series of articles for SciAm.com on the rise of tuberculosis in Russia. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.gooznews.com; www.snipurl.com/goozner
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The methods for fighting the multidrug resistant TB epidemic in Russia
[ Editor's note: Merrill Goozner has spent the last two weeks reporting on the state of Russian health care. See his previous posts from the field: "It's all about the oil: Russia's resurgence rests on slippery foundation" and "Russia boosts healthcare in Siberia" ]MOSCOW â€“ On my last morning in Russia, I dined with Vasiliy Vlassov, professor of research methodology at the Moscow Medical Academy and head of a small but feisty group of Russian physicians called the Society of Specialists in Evidence-Based Medicine.
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The collapse of the Soviet health care system in the 1990s coupled with prisons releasing improperly treated inmates and endemic poverty escalated incidences of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis to epidemic proportions
Tuberculosis remains a stubborn foe despite the efforts of the public and private sector's efforts to deploy new antibiotics and diagnostic tools against a disease that thrives on poverty and ignorance
Can the campaign against MDR-TB in Russia help curb the global epidemic?
A Russian province bucks the national government, bringing tuberculosis treatment to the treated--and following through until they are cured. The results so far have been encouraging