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Newsplex.com reported that researchers at the University of Virginia are working with Russian scientists in a quest to find better ways to treat TB quickly and effectively. They currently are working on a new technology to determine drug resistance in a TB strain. The hope is that the United States will share with Russia some of its treatment methods. Current tests take a couple of hours to provide results rather than previous tests that required a full month. With quicker test results, healthcare providers can begin treatment more rapidly as well. Infectious Disease Division Professor Eric Haupt says many individuals do not have high enough levels of TB medications in their bloodstreams and scientists are working to optimize dosages. Researchers hope to bring the results of this work as well to Russia, where the TB mortality rate is at nearly 50 percent.