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Sugar Helps Medicine Fight Infections Faster

by Thilaka Ravi on  May 12, 2011 at 9:11 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Researchers have revealed that a spoonful of sugar not only makes medicine easier to swallow, but it can also boost its effectiveness.
 Sugar Helps Medicine Fight Infections Faster
Sugar Helps Medicine Fight Infections Faster
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James Collins, a pioneering researcher in the new field of systems biology, is talking about his recent development of an effective, low-cost - and surprising - way to treat chronic bacterial infections, such as staph, strep, tuberculosis, and infections of the urinary tract.

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He and his team of scientists discovered that a simple compound - sugar - dramatically boosts the effectiveness of first-line antibiotics.

Collins' approach consists of adding sugar to the antibiotic. The sugar acts as a stimulant, essentially turning on normal bacterial responses, such as dying when confronted by a killer antibiotic.

Using this strategy on E. coli bacteria, a common cause of urinary tract infections, the team was able to eliminate 99.9 per cent of the persisters within just two hours - compared to no effect without sugar.

The study has been published in the journal Nature.

Source: ANI
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Our doctor instructs us to add sugar when we give powdered antibiotics to my son. I first thought that it would help in the taste but now I know that sugar boost the effectiveness of the antibiotics.
ennairam_23 Sunday, May 22, 2011

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