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Doc advises fighting infection with…sugar?

A doctor’s new report claims certain infections respond well to treatment with sugar. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean doctors will be writing prescriptions for hot fudge sundaes any time soon.

The research, published in Nature, is still in the very early stages, and has yet to be tested in humans.

The researchers were investigating ways to fight bacteria know as persisters — the germs that hang on after a course of antibiotics. The persisters go into a virtual semi-sleep biologically and can later “wake up” and lead to recurring infection.

In the study, they injected mice with a sugar and antibiotic cocktail which was meant to reawaken the germs and simultaneously fight off the resulting infection. The drug cocktail was successful, only slightly “awakening” the germs — making them just active enough for the antibiotic to do its job.

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