A special mixture of good bacteria can protect newborns from deadly infection

A special mixture of good bacteria can protect newborns from deadly infection

A team of scientists at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Public Health claimed to have found a really inexpensive treatment capable of saving thousands of newborns each year.

Led by Prof. Pinaki Panigrahi, the researchers determined that a specific mixture of good bacteria in the body can reduce the incidence of sepsis in newborns. They reached the conclusion after the special mixture slashed the incidence of sepsis in infants in India by 40 per cent at a cost of just $1 per infant.

Dr. Panigrahi said, “We were concerned when the data safety and monitoring board stopped the study prematurely. We had enrolled just about half of our proposed subjects. Typically, a study is stopped when something is wrong. But, it was a moment of superlative thrill when we learned it was stopped due to early efficacy.”

The special mixture included a probiotic known as Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC-202195 along with oral synbiotic preparation called fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS).

FOS is naturally found in breast milk as well as a number of easily available plants like onion, garlic, chicory, asparagus, banana and artichoke.

The encouraging findings of the new study were published and detailed in the Aug. 16th issue of the journal Nature.

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