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Vitamin C kills drug-resistant TB, researchers find

Albert Einstein School of Medicine researchers publish findings in Nature Communications

NEW YORK — Vitamin C can kill a virulent form of tuberculosis, researchers in New York have found.

The researchers, at Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine, determined that vitamin C was able to kill drug-resistant forms of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis in lab culture, publishing their findings in the online journal Nature Communications. They had been looking into how TB bacteria become resistant to isoniazid, a first-line drug used to treat it.

TB sickened 8.7 million people around the world and resulted in 1.4 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization, and about 650,000 people have multi-drug-resistant forms of the bacteria.

 

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