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TB Treatment for the Elderly Likely Requires a Boost to Immune Response
May 31, 2008
Manipulating the immune system in elderly people appears to be the most likely way to help older patients wage an effective battle against tuberculosis, a new study suggests. Mathematical modeling of how mice respond to TB infection suggests that potential therapy options for elderly TB patients could either increase their white blood cell count, or enhance infected cells' interaction with their immune system.
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