Scientists Repurpose #Bithionol To Fight #Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Like #MRSA; #Medicine

(NPR) — A recent study found that scientists can repurpose bithionol — a drug formerly used to treat parasites in horses — to help kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA.
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Scientists discovered that a medication used to treat parasites in horses can fight deadly staph infections. It's a promising new approach to solving the problem of antibiotic resistance.

A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesfound that they can repurpose bithionol — a drug formerly used to treat parasitic infections in horses — to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, a common hospital-acquired infection.

The results not only suggest a promising treatment for this infection but hint at new ways scientists could tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance, by exploring new uses for old drugs and also using them in combination with traditional antibiotics.

Source: NPR, full story

 

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