Researchers identify alternative treatment for bacterial meningitis
from News Medical Life Sciences
From April 16:
In January, Columbia University revealed that four patients at its Irving Medical Center in New York had been sick with an unusual version of E. coli, a common gut bacterium. Although the news largely escaped attention in the media, it ricocheted through the world of infectious disease experts. E. coli is a relatively common bacterium and benign when it’s in the gut, where it usually lives, but in the wrong places — such as in lettuce or ground beef, or our bloodstream — it can turn deadly.With the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, there is a growing need for new treatment strategies against life threatening bacterial infections. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and the University of Copenhagen may have identified such an alternative treatment for bacterial meningitis, a serious infection that can lead to sepsis. The study is published in Nature Communications.
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