Sugar Helps Medicine Fight Infections Faster

by Thilaka Ravi on  May 12, 2011 at 9:11 PM Research News
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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

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.

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.

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