Monday, April 06, 2015

The old becomes new again

Every year, 80,000 people in the US contract the "superbug" known as MRSA--a staph that has developed resistance to antibiotics. Honor Whiteman wrote about this in Medical News Today.

Now, a 1000-year old remedy found in the literature by a researcher at the Univ of Nottingham kills up to 90% of MRSA in a dish and is showing similar promise in mice, where Texas Tech scientists call it "astonishing."

What is this stuff? It involves cow bile (oxgall), onion and wine. The recipe was found in Bald's Leechbook, believed to be one of the earliest medical textbooks.

The ingredients, which modern-day researchers whip up fresh, are left to mix for nine days before being applied.

They grew MRSA infections in collagen (not a person) and the mixture killed 999 cells out of 1000.

They said they knew the ingredients all had killing properties, but were "blown away" by the effectiveness of the combination.

The researchers are now looking for more funding.

Bald's Leechbook, huh. Well, whatever works.

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