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Profiling persistent tubercule bacilli from patient sputa during therapy predicts early drug efficacy (2016-04-07) - Journal articleBackground. New treatment options are needed to maintain and improve therapy for tuberculosis, which caused the death of 1.5 million people in 2013 despite potential for an 86 % treatment success rate. A greater understanding ...
Serial image analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis colony growth reveals a persistent subpopulation in sputum during treatment of pulmonary TB (2016-03-23) - Journal articleFaster elimination of drug tolerant ‘persister’ bacteria may shorten treatment of tuberculosis (TB) but no method exists to quantify persisters in clinical samples. We used automated image analysis to assess whether studying ...
Relationship between e-cigarette point of sale recall and e-cigarette use in secondary school children : a cross-sectional study (2016-04-14) - Journal articleBackground There has been a rapid increase in the retail availability of e-cigarettes in the UK and elsewhere. It is known that exposure to cigarette point-of-sale (POS) displays influences smoking behaviour and intentions ...
Health professionals' experiences of tuberculosis cohort audit in the North West of England : a qualitative study (2016-03-16) - Journal articleObjectives. Tuberculosis cohort audit (TBCA) was introduced across the North West (NW) of England in 2012 as an ongoing, multidisciplinary, systematic case review process, designed to improve clinical and public health ...