New Study Provides Hope in Fight Against MRSA

A recently released research report by the University of Buffalo finds that there is something contained in human breast milk that helps make MRSA surface infections easier to treat with antibiotics.

Not only does this study highlight how powerful the human body is with its own natural healing mechanisms, it also highlights a potential step forward in the ongoing fight against MRSA.

The research team added HAMLET, (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Mad Lethal to Tumor cells) a complex protein that comes from purified human breast milk, to their test of aggressive strains of bacteria that had grown to be resistant to antibiotics. The test showed positive results when the antibiotics were used with the HAMLET protein.

One of the researchers, Anders Hakansson had this to say about the results, “It sensitizes the bacteria to the antibiotics that they used to be resistant to, so suddenly, you can use the old [antibiotics] again”.

There is still a long way to go in the fight against MRSA infections but it is encouraging to see progress at any level.

Reference:
http://www.insidescience.org/content/breast-milk-protein-may-help-defeat-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria/997

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Study Shows Repopulation Rate of Hospital Disinfected Microbes

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A study out of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC has discovered that dangerous microbes like staphylococci can return to its native area after being disinfected. In this case the area used in the study were hospital beds and bed rails. The study reveals that in as little as three hours after an area has been cleaned, microbes can start to repopulate.

 

The study concludes that while disinfected areas reduced the bacterial burden by up to 99%, the microbes (primarily staphylococci) returned quickly to the previous pre-disinfected level.

 

With Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) taking the lives of almost 100,000 people annually, we need to better understand the causes as well as the possible solutions. This study shows how important consistent cleaning practices are in health care facilities. It also makes a case for a product that remains active on a treated surface for over one year. NanoTech Spray from Eco Applicators can be a key part of the solution for this serious issue.

 

References
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.. (2012, February 22). Intrinsic bacterial burden associated wi… [Am J Infect Control. 2012] – PubMed – NCBI. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved April 28, 2013, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22361357