August, 2017 |
Research from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health has discovered that a specific mixture of good bacteria in the body can reduce sepsis in infants. For the study, newborns in India were given an oral probiotic mixture for seven days which resulted in a 40 percent decrease in sepsis deaths during the first two months of infancy. The mixture consisted of probiotics and a symbiotic, which is essentially food for the probiotic to help promote growth and colonization in the probiotic strain. This medical breakthrough could potentially become a low-cost oral vaccine to combat the millions of sepsis deaths that happen every year worldwide.