New Hope in the Fight against Antibiotic-Resistance
In the ninety years since antibiotics were first discovered, they have saved innumerable live. Unfortunately, they have also given rise to new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The issue of antibiotic resistance is so serious that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called it “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.” In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that every year at least 2 million people contract an antibiotic-resistant “superbug” in the US, over 23,000 of them die of it.
However, there is good news.
Research published in Nature Public Journals: Systems Biology and Applications has shown that while single antibiotics may not work against these strains, combinations of antibiotics do.
It had previously been assumed that different antibiotics would act against each other if taken in combination. However, this study found that combinations of four or five different antibiotics worked synergistically against bacteria. Researchers compared the approach to a strategy for attacking a fortress: Using different methods of attack proved more effective than using just one.
While previous tests of antibiotic combinations used only one or two drugs, this study tested more than 18,000 combinations of four and five drugs. The result was worth the effort: 8000 different combinations were found to be effective against the bacteria.
Michael Kurilla, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Division of Clinical Innovation, said that, “With the specter of antibiotic resistance threatening to turn back healthcare to the pre-antibiotic era, the ability to more judiciously use combinations of existing antibiotics that are singly losing potency is welcome. This work will accelerate the testing in humans of promising antibiotic combinations for bacterial infections that we are ill-equipped to deal with today.”
At Laurel Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Keansburg, NJ, our residents receive the highest quality rehabilitative and skilled nursing care in a homelike and compassionate environment conducive to healing.
Our family -owned and -operated 123-bed facility, is tucked away in the quiet beach town of Keansburg, NJ at the Jersey Shore, within sight of Sandy Hook and the New York City skyline.
Our services include short-term rehab, long-term care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, hospice care, and respite care for those times when the caretaker needs to be taken care of.
We proudly provide the following specialty healthcare services: complex medical care management, intravenous (IV) therapy, wound care, enteral feeding, pain management, oxygen therapy, tracheostomy care, a dedicated pulmonary program, hospice care with private suites, a stroke rehab program, respiratory support, eye care, dental care, podiatry care, and psychological consults and counseling.
We pride ourselves on healing the entire patient through a holistic and individualized approach.
Our meticulous care planning helps us ensure that each and every resident receives the best in clinical care, support and unconditional love.
For over 25 years, we have been a staple of health and wellness, serving the members of our community and partnering with our local hospitals like Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, NJ and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ.
We provide a tailored program of physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as all types of specialized care under one roof.
Read our reviews on senioradvisor.com, wellness.com, and caring.com to hear what our residents and their families have to say.
Or better yet, come see for yourself. Contact us to schedule a tour by clicking here or by calling (372) 787-8100.
Leave a Comment