American scientists have improved an important antibiotic in the hope that the creation of a super-medicine will put an end to the threat of pathogens resistant to medication.
The new version of the vancomycin is conceived to be extremely strong. According to the PNAS scientific journal, it will be 1000 times more potent than the old antibiotic.
The battle against bacteria, this new medication develops in three different ways, reducing the likelihood of sustainability to its action.
The enthusiasm that he animates however needs to be curbed slightly, as the super-antibiotic has not been tested yet in animals and then humans, convey TCH. Scripps Research Institute team hopes that the medication will be ready for use within 5 years after passing all necessary tests.
Experts have long warned that the world has entered what they consider to be a “post-antibiotic age” where some infections may become irreversible. One of the pathologies that disturbs many doctors is enterococci or VRE, which is exactly resistant to vankomycin.
This bacterium can be found in hospitals and causes blood infections that make up WHO a high risk to human health. Some antibiotics still work against VRE, but 60-year-old vancomycin is completely powerless to him.
Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses, such as
- Most coughs and bronchitis
- Sore throats, unless caused by strep
If a virus is making you sick, taking antibiotics may do more harm than good. Using antibiotics when you don’t need them, or not using them properly, can add to antibiotic resistance. This happens when bacteria change and become able to resist the effects of an antibiotic.
When you take antibiotics, follow the directions carefully. It is important to finish your medicine even if you feel better. If you stop treatment too soon, some bacteria may survive and re-infect you. Do not save antibiotics for later or use someone else’s prescription.