Glucose in airways of COPD patients increases infections

Source: Imperial College London Summary: Researchers in a new study found that the concentration of glucose in the airways of people with COPD was almost twice as high as in people without the condition. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, and someRead More →

Garlic and fluorine combination could be the future of drug therapeutics

Source: University of Albany Summary: Researchers in a new pilot study hypothesized that adding the chemical element fluorine into natural garlic-derived compounds could prove to be a powerful combination in the development of future drug therapies. Garlic has more to offer than its strong pungent taste and distinctive odor. For centuries, itRead More →

Make bacteria more vulnerable to class of antibiotics known as quinolones.

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summary: Researchers have discovered a new way to make bacteria more vulnerable to a class of antibiotics known as quinolones. Antibiotics are the prime tools in treating infectious diseases caused by bacteria but the effective therapies are limited. In the recent years, the evasion of antibioticRead More →

Proton Pump Inhibitors

Source: British Medical Journal; The University of Hong Kong Summary: Researchers found that long-term use of drugs (Proton Pump Inhibitors – PPIs) to treat acid reflex is linked to double the risk of developing stomach cancer. A bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H.p) is commonly found in the stomach and previous findingsRead More →

Antibiotic Resistance Reversal

Source: University of Bristol Summary: Two recent studies gave a significant hope in the battle against antibiotic resistance and reversing it. Resistance to antibiotics is becoming increasingly widespread and threatens to weaken the healthcare systems across the globe. The most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the world are the β–lactams such as penicillins,Read More →