According to the latest study, published in the European Journal of Public Health, regular use of probiotics may cut the necessity for antibiotics and help decrease the rise of antibiotic resistance.
Having performed the analysis of the data, collected from recent studies, the researchers came to the conclusion that infants and children who took a daily probiotic supplement were 29% less likely to be prescribed antibiotics. When analyzed only the highest-quality study, the scientists received even higher figure 53%.
Dr. Daniel Merenstein, from the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., says: “Given this finding, potentially one way to reduce the use of antibiotics is to use probiotics on a regular basis.”
A new study from the University of Salford, UK, suggests that a combination of vitamin C and antibiotics can destroy cancer stem cells. This discovery can help develop a new strategy to fight cancer recurrence and treatment resistance.
In the course of the study, a team of researchers combined doxycycline administration with doses of vitamin C and was able to remove glucose from CSCs that effectively starved the cells to death.
Professor Michael Lisanti says: “Our results indicate it is a promising agent for clinical trials, and as an add-on to more conventional therapies, to prevent tumor recurrence, further disease progression, and metastasis.”
A team of researchers from McGill University discovered that maple syrup extract can decrease the usage of antibiotic by improving the potentiality of the medicine.
At the first stage of the study, lead researcher Natalie Tufenkji separated the sugar and water from the syrup’s phenolic compounds and exposed with several bacterial strains that cause various disease. However, she didn’t find any noticeable changes. But when she mixed the phenolic extract with commonly used antibiotics then the antimicrobial potency hiked up.
Dr. Tufenkji explained that the syrup extract actually increases the permeability of bacteria that helps antibiotics to gain access to the interior of cells.
Antibiotic exposure within the first year of a child’s life is associated with the higher risk of food allergies later according to the new research of scientists from the University of South Carolina.
The team of researchers analysed administrative data from 2007 to 2009 from the College of Pharmacy, School of Medicine and Arnold School of Public Health. They identified 1,504 cases of kids with food allergies and 5,995 controls without allergies, adjusting for month and year of birth, sex, race, and ethnicity.
Having analyzed the data, the scientists have come to the conclusion that children, who experienced antibiotic exposure within the first year of life, were 1.21 times more likely to be diagnosed with food allergy compared to those who hadn’t received an antibiotic prescription.