The body’s natural anti-inflammatory’s give antibiotics a boost - 1
Narrator: This NIH health matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. NIH-funded scientists have shown that molecules found naturally in the body can help antibiotics fight infection. NIH’s Dr. Richard Okita points to a study by Dr. Charles Serhan of Brigham and Women’s Hospital regarding E.coli infected mice.
Okita: So if it’s a low grade bacterial infection and these molecules are released, what he’s found is that the amount of antibiotic that is needed to remove the bacteria from the site is actually less which was really surprising.
Narrator: The molecules, called specialized pro-resolving mediators or SPMs work by making white blood cells dispose of bacteria faster. For more information on this research, visit www.nigms.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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