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Stories by Merrill Goozner

Prisons in Post-Soviet Russia Incubate 
a Plague

Prisons in Post-Soviet Russia Incubate a Plague

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

August 25, 2008 — Merrill Goozner

In Pursuit of Better Weapons to Combat TB

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

August 25, 2008 — Merrill Goozner

A Siberian Community Mobilizes to Fight TB

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

August 25, 2008 — Merrill Goozner

Evidence-based medicine in Russia: the challenge and the hope

[ 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 – 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.

June 16, 2008 — Merrill Goozner