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December 19, 2007 An older antibiotic once used against tuberculosis but since abandoned may work to treat the most common and actively contagious form of the disease more quickly, U.S. researchers said on Monday. By substituting a high-dose version of the drug rifapentine for another antibiotic in the standard TB treatment cocktail, researchers cured mice with the disease two to three times faster.

Daily injections of growth hormone may help reduce pain and improve the quality of life in some patients with fibromyalgia, new findings of a small study suggest. Fibromyalgia, which causes muscle pain and fatigue, is seen more often in women than in men. Muscle spasm and tightness can often be elicited by depressing certain “trigger points” overlying the muscles. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but stress, poor sleep, injury, infections, and other conditions have been linked to the disorder.

Edited Wed, Dec 19, 2007 1:56 PM

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