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Scientists develop special cream to ward off superbugs
 

Scientists develop special cream to ward off superbugs

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Sheffield University scientists have developed a cream that fortifies the wounded skin’s defenses against infection. The emollient provides bacterial resistance by letting the pathogens “slide off’ the skin without killing it.
 
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4 Aug 2016 - General
 
This new form of therapy may not contribute to antibiotic rsistance but it might strengthen the bacteria's virulence factors than enables it to gain entry to the body. Unfortunately, from the biological perspective, all living organisms, especially those with short life spans constantly undergo adaptive changes to survive environmental challenges. Aside from bacterial adhesins and pili, bacteria may evolve to develop new appendages that will strengthen its adherence. It is even more dangerou...
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This would be very helpful to prevent the spread of infection and prevent the development of resistance of superbugs. During the past year, I have seen an article regarding mcr-1 gene which renders bacteria resistant to Colistin, one of the antibiotics used as last line of defense from Pseudomonas, Klebsiella and Escherichia. This gene can be transmitted from one strain to another by plasmids. This was first found in pigs and people in China, and was later discovered in a woman in Pennsylvania, ...
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Here’s an amazing discovery that shows a unique approach to preventing skin infections. Instead of using antibiotics, scientists used a protein harvested from human cells to prevent bacteria from sticking to the skin and causing infections. I think such a formulation would find broad applications in the field of medicine. Hopefully the cream/ gel breezes through clinical trials smoothly and be made available in the least possible time. The study shows that other approaches can be taken to fight...
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