By Ana Sandoiu:-
(Medical News Today)An innovative approach uses a biocompatible material to encapsulate probiotic bacteria and combines them with antibiotics to tackle treatment-resistant infections.
Every year, over 2 million people in the United States develop infections that are resistant to treatment, and approximately 23,000 people die as a result.
These statistics have prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to deem drug resistance “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.”
Therefore, researchers are hard at work trying to develop ingenious ways of tackling so-called superbugs — bacteria that have become immune to antibiotic treatment.
Lately, researchers have added probiotics to their arsenal against superbugs. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in foods, such as yogurt, kefir, pickles, or miso soup.
Only a month ago, for example, a study suggested that simply consuming probiotics on a regular basis could reduce the need for antibiotics, thus helping to curb the drug resistance crisis.
Now, researchers used probiotics to create a “killer” combination that destroyed two strains of treatment-resistant bacteria.
The two co-senior and corresponding authors of the study are Ana Jaklenec, a research scientist at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT.(Medical News Today)