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Apr 3, 2019

Blue light could treat superbug infections

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body, is often called a “superbug” thanks to its ability to dodge many common antibiotics. Although most MRSA infections aren’t serious, some can be life-threatening, sometimes resulting in amputation of the infected appendage.

Rather than rolling the dice with a multi-drug combination or wasting precious time trying to determine which medicine to prescribe, doctors could soon use a new method for disarming the superbugs: .

Researchers at Purdue University and Boston University have discovered that exposing the bug to blue can render it defenseless against antiseptics as mild as . The findings were published in the journal Advanced Science.

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