Bacterial resistance for the antibiotics is a major problem in treatment of many chronic diseases such as TB, AIDS, and Leprosy etc. which need drug treatments for longer duration. Researchers studying on bacteria such as E. coli which can cause UTI infections and N. gonorrhea, which causes gonorrhea.
Studies show that bacteria can suppress their growth and antibiotic-resistant mutants. This discovery gave a path to fight against bacteria which is causing severe health crisis with antibiotic resistance. Researchers found that bacteria is releasing a byproduct which changes the PH and suppress the antibiotic resistant bacteria among them. So adding a base to certain inhaled treatments that can be given along with antibiotics can decrease the dose of antibiotics to be given to patients and thus reducing the side effectes associated with them such as deafness and renal damage.
Dr. Vernita Gordon, an assistant professor of physics at The University of Texas at Austin says that this can be a novel path to consider microbes as another alternate to fight infection.
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