Doha: Al Jazeera’s innovative medical series The Cure returns on May 26, with medical reporters exploring the frontiers of world health, from cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs to advances in affordable healthcare for the most needy.
The second series premieres at 22:30 GMT, with a look at efforts to treat drug resistant tuberculosis in Armenia.
Medical charity Doctors without Borders is in the country working to reduce infection by introducing the first new tuberculosis antibiotic developed in 40 years.
In conjunction with the Armenian Ministry of Health, the charity is also using latest molecular tests to diagnose strains of TB that are resistant to main antibiotics.
The premiere episode also explores faecal transplants (FMTs) in Australia, which studies have shown can have a 90-95 percent success in curing life-threatening Clostridium difficile infection – a superbug often caught in hospital.
Also known as a stool transplant, the treatment has doctors introducing healthy bacteria to crowd out the harmful ones and restore balance in the gut.
Finally, The Cure explores ‘Patient Hotels’ in Scandinavia, a partnership project between the hotel chain SAS and Skane University Hospital, aimed at making hospital care more efficient and effective.
Future episodes explore the use of robots to assist the elderly, the use of 3D computer imaging techniques borrowed from the film industry to reconstruct faces damaged by cancer and the Thai-Myanmar clinic that creates prosthetics for landmine victims using innovative design techniques and durable, affordable materials.
Foreign Press Association recognised The Cure for its upbeat health reporting, awarding the 2013 Best Science story to Doctors on Everest. For details on the series, visit http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/thecure/ or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AJTheCure and Twitter at @AJcure.The Peninsula