The body’s natural anti-inflammatory’s give antibiotics a boost - 2
Narrator: This NIH health matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Scientists have shown that natural anti-inflammatory molecules in the body, called SPMs, can reduce the amount of antibiotics needed to fight infection. NIH’s Dr. Richard Okita says researchers are optimistic.
Okita: What they dream of is that these molecules may assist antibiotics to help them do their job of killing bacteria. So they will be an additive but in doing so they’ll be able to allow the body to respond quicker to that antibiotic.
Narrator: The hope is that by using less antibiotics to fight infection, fewer bacteria will become antibiotic resistant. For more information, 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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