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Sugar boosters could lead to cheap, effective treatments for chronic bacterial infections
Date:5/11/2011

eria, which cause sometimes deadly staph infections.

"Our goal was to improve the effectiveness of existing antibiotics, rather than invent new ones, which can be a long and costly process," says Collins' Boston University colleague, Kyle Allison, who was the first author on the study.

The findings have the potential to improve the lives of untold numbers of people who struggle with nagging infections, while also reducing healthcare costs substantially.

The most significant impact of this research could be on TB, a chronic bacterial infection that affects the lungs and causes more deaths than any other infections disease. The World Health Organization reports that approximately 4,700 people die from TB every day. An initial course of treatment typically takes five to nine months. Collins and Allison will next investigate whether sugar additives can improve the efficacy of TB drugs.


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Contact: Sara Rimer
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Boston University
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