Anthrax and Antibiotics: Anthrax is Deadly. Antibiotics Could Save Your Life.
Antibiotics Get a Boost in the Anthrax / MRSA Era
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Certain bacterial diseases are so deadly that even strong antibiotics struggle to control them, many of which are highly contagious. Anthrax and MRSA are two such serious infections. Now a compound of inhibitors has been developed that can assist antibiotics in taking on the toughest of infectious diseases. Read on to learn more about the next possible evolution in medicine.
Where did the idea for these compounds come from? They got their start being developed for a very different purpose: to counteract neurodegenerative diseases. Presently, the majority of these sicknesses have no cure, and there is very little available medication to hold their debilitating symptoms at bay. Some of these conditions include Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The afflictions are all fatal, and thus are of top priority when it comes to the development of new treatments.
During the research, however, it was discovered that these inhibitor compounds could have a very different function—one that would also be a major step in the battle against disease. The same inhibitor that makes them useful as medication for neurodegenerative ailments also hampers the disease’s ability to resist antibiotics. This, therefore, boosts the effectiveness of a spread of antibiotics. This is also a necessity in a world where drug-resistant sicknesses are abundant.
In laboratory tests, the effectiveness of the boosted antibiotics was tested on the and anthrax. The results showed the antibiotics, with the assistance of the inhibitor compounds, fought bacteria off more effectively. When the same bacteria were exposed to the antibiotics alone, not only were the diseases not eliminated as quickly, they were not eradicated as completely either, leaving the potential for relapse. This also gives the diseases the opportunity to become more resistant to antibiotics in general.
These findings have provided researchers with vital data they can now use to develop more effective means to treat infectious diseases. Lab tests will continue, as the method needs to be refined before it is ready for human testing.
Antibiotics remain one of the greatest weapons mankind has against disease. The resistance of infections against medication has been a cause for great concern in the medical community, however, which makes new discoveries on boosting drug effectiveness an exciting prospect.
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