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Patients with tuberculosis in rural India should receive food supplements during treatment, researchers say

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6663
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Researchers have urged nutritional support for rural people in India during their treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis.1

In a retrospective study conducted at Jan Swasthya Sahyog—a non-profit voluntary organisation based in Chhattisgarh—Indian and Canadian researchers have found that undernutrition is a substantially prevalent comorbidity in India, increasing the risk of death in rural people with pulmonary tuberculosis. The study was published on 24 October in PLoS ONE.

The researchers assessed a consecutive cohort of 1695 patients living in rural areas in Chhattisgarh with pulmonary tuberculosis, during 2004-09. …

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