Shorter Treatment Time For African Children with TB - Study

Tuberculosis (TB) treatment can be shortened from six to four months in 80% of children. This is according to findings from the SHINE study that were presented at a leading TB conference. The study included over 1,000 participants and looked at less severe forms of TB, which make up 80% of the burden in children. According to a 2018 article (setting out the reasoning for the SHINE study) published in the scientific journal Trials, studies of anti-tuberculosis treatment in children historically have lagged substantially behind adult studies and "evidence for tuberculosis treatment in children is largely extrapolated from adult studies".

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