Jan 22, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Antibiotics Can’t Be The Only Solution To Treat Infections As Researchers Invent A New Way To Tame Bacteria

Apr 13, 2017 05:15 AM EDT

Researchers create a great breakthrough to reduce the use of antibiotics to treat infections. They invent a new way to disrupt the bacteria to avail the required outcome.

Several modern research studies reveal that all bacteria are not bad, but that does not bring the solution to tame the harmful one. The excessive use of antibiotics to treat infections is becoming a common trend. But this process doesn't bring the required outcome every time.

Robert Smith, Ph.D., the assistant professor at NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, opines that a good number of antibiotics are becoming useless. Today treating the common ear infections in the children is becoming a more challenging task and cost effective. In a word, bacteria are becoming more drug resistant.

According to the Phys.org, famous scientist Alexander Fleming uttered in the past that overuse of the antibiotics could no longer kill the bacteria. He threw this message prior to winning the Nobel Prize in 1945. But, current situation unveils that sufficient efforts don't exist to follow this message.

Scientists from all over the world are desperately trying to discover new antibiotics, but no significant initiative is made to reduce its use. The result is devastating. Bacteria are gaining strength by developing new tools to resist the newly developed drugs.

This bitter fact ultimately forced a group of researchers at the NSU to invent an alternative way to address this issue more effectively. They are now developing a unique way to treat the infections that can decrease the use of the antibiotics and reduce the effectiveness of bacteria. The findings of the research study are available in Scientific Reports.

The NSU researchers jointly worked with the researchers of the Duke University and the University of Minnesota to complete the study. Bacteria creates a unique bond together to infect people. At first, they build a home to get shelter and use chemicals to maintain interactions with each other. This coordination helps them to attack a person and to resist the antibiotics.

Interestingly, the biofilm is the name of the home. After a thorough investigation, the researchers have decided to shake the home of the bacteria in order to disrupt their interaction. The whole process is led by Cortney Wilson, the NSU graduate. No doubt it is a great initiative to avert the excessive use of antibiotics.

Robert Smith utters that the said process forces the bacteria to take a decision whether they want to grow or maintain their cooperation. Proper shaking with the right frequency creates confusion among those harmful unicellular microorganisms that ultimately hamper their effectiveness. This strategy provides a promising result in reducing the demand for antibiotics.

The said discovery can be considered as a great achievement in the arena of medical science. Now it is necessary to avail the proper implementation of it to get rid of the harmful effects of bacteria. Antibiotics are necessary, but overuse should be restricted to avert bad side effects.

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