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Herbal Antibiotics: An Effective Defense Against Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

Posted February 2, 2014

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs,” are becoming more numerous and more virulent thanks to continuing overuse of antibiotics. Herbal medicine offers an alternative to these increasingly ineffective drugs.

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Effect of vitamin D supplementation on antibiotic use

Posted January 13, 2014

Observational data suggested that supplementation with vitamin D could reduce risk of infection, but trial data are inconsistent. Objective: We aimed to examine the effect of oral vitamin D supplementation on antibiotic use.

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Study: DuPont HOWARU Probiotics Reduce Antibiotic Side Effects

Posted December 13, 2013

A study to investigate the ability of a unique probiotic formulation to reduce potential gastrointestinal side effects of antibiotic treatment has found significant benefits from dietary supplementation with HOWARU Restore, part of the DuPont Danisco probiotic range from DuPont Nutrition & Health.

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Vitamin D Supplementation May Reduce the Need for Antibiotic Use

Posted October 30, 2013

In a post hoc analysis of data from a pilot randomized trial, 644 subjects (60-84 years of age) were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments – a) 60,000 IU/month vitamin D (cholecalciferol) for less than or equal to 12 months (n=215); b) 30,000 IU/month vitamin D (n=215); or c) a placebo (n=214), and those given 60,000 IU/month vitamin D were found to have a 28% lower risk of having antibiotics prescribed at least once, as compared to those in the placebo group (RR=0.72).

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Natural and powerful antibiotic found in human sweat

Posted February 26, 2013

Scientists who analyzed the atomic structure of sweat think a substance in perspiration could hold the key for treating deadly infections, even those that are antibiotic resistant. One of the natural antibiotics isolated by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, Goettingen, Tuebingen and Strasbourg is dermicidin that could provide a natural source for fighting germs.

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Pomegranate prevents, antibiotic causes skin cancer – study

Posted October 4, 2012

A new study in British Journal of Dermatology confirms that ultraviolet rays, particularly UVB rays, are the leading risk factor for skin cancer. UV rays are recognozed as a human carcinogen. Esther De Vries of Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and colleagues conducted the study and found that in addition to UV rays, certain drugs and foods are either positively or negatively associated with risk of skin cancer.

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Natural antibiotic to treat tuberculosis

Posted September 25, 2012

A natural product secreted by a soil bacterium shows promise as a new drug to treat tuberculosis report scientists in a new study published in EMBO Molecular Medicine. A team of scientists working in Switzerland has shown how pyridomycin, a natural antibiotic produced by the bacterium Dactylosporangium fulvum, works. This promising drug candidate is active against many of the drug-resistant types of the tuberculosis bacterium that no longer respond to treatment with the front-line drug isoniazid.

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The importance of probiotics after antibiotics

Posted August 30, 2012

Most of us have taken antibiotics to get rid of a nasty cold that turned into a secondary bacterial infection, or as a preventative measure after a surgery or some other injury. We take these powerful drugs because we are told by our healthcare professionals that we must. After all, who would want to risk a serious bacterial infection when it could be easily avoided? Antibiotics are great at what they do; they kill bacteria. Unfortunately, they are unable to discriminate between good bacteria and bad bacteria.

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Inhibitory effect of aqueous dandelion extract on HIV-1 replication and reverse transcriptase activity

Posted April 30, 2012

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is an immunosuppressive disease that results in life-threatening opportunistic infections. The general problems in current therapy include the constant emergence of drug-resistant HIV strains, adverse side effects and the unavailability of treatments in developing countries. Natural products from herbs with the abilities to inhibit HIV-1 life cycle at different stages, have served as excellent sources of new anti-HIV-1 drugs.

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