Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/14/2014 (5 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Anti-inflammatory painkillers found to have secondary effect of preventing multiplication of bacteria

"Superbugs," diseases which seem immune to the most advanced reaches of science, may in fact be vanquished with something you may have in your drug cabinet right now. In a study published in the scientific journal "Chemistry & Biology," Australian researchers have found that many common painkillers have the secondary effect of preventing some bacteria from multiplying.

Bromfenac is a pain-killing medication usually applied to the eyes following cataract surgery.

Bromfenac is a pain-killing medication usually applied to the eyes following cataract surgery.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/14/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Painkillers, anti-inflmmatories, superbugs


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia found this to be true of anti-inflammatory painkillers, which are used for maladies such as arthritis and eye ailments.

Drug-resistant infections have been blamed on the excessive use of antibiotics, resulting in the reduced effectiveness of many traditional drugs. Once easily killed by antibiotics, the now resilient bacteria have sent shockwaves throughout the medical community. 

WISH POPE FRANCIS A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!


Infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria hit about two million people in the U.S. each year, leading to at least 23,000 deaths, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Drugs involved in the Australian study are non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, a class of medications that also includes such common household over-the-counter medication such as aspirin and Ibuprofen.

"The fact that the bacteria-killing effect of the anti-inflammatory drugs is different from conventional drugs means that the NSAIDS could be developed into new kinds of antibiotics that are effective against so-called superbugs," the research report's lead author, Associate Professor Aaron Oakley, said. "This is important because the superbugs have become resistant to many, and in some cases most of the available antibiotics."

Three pain relievers used to treat various ailments in people as well as pets bromfenac, carprofen and vedaprofen - and found that they all had the ability to stop replication among some bacteria.

The researchers said they found that the drugs acted on bacteria in a way that is fundamentally different from current antibiotics by binding to a part of a bacterium called a "DNA clamp," preventing the organism from replicating or repairing its DNA and thus eventually killing it. No current antibiotics target the DNA clamp, Oakley says.

Some experts said it is too early to know if the study's findings will lead to a new class of antibacterial drugs. "I saw no compelling connection made between the biochemical activities that were observed and the antibacterial activity," Richard H. Ebright, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University, says.

It's agreed that the Australian research is headed in the right direction. "While our research is a long way from clinical trials, the fact that the bacteria-killing effects of the anti-inflammatories are different from conventional drugs means that they could be developed into new kinds of antibiotics," Ebright said.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Health

Do you eat pomegranates? Well here's a few reasons why you should Watch

Image of Pomegranates contain the chemical punicalagin, a form of a chemical compound known as polyphenol, which may help to prevent the inflammation that destroys brain cells known as micrologia.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An ingredient in pomegranate may help stop the spread of Alzheimer's disease, scientists from the University of Huddersfield claim. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The chemical punicalagin, a form of a chemical compound known as polyphenol, helps prevent the ... continue reading


NEW HOPE IN EBOLA CRISIS: U.S. doctor released from hospital - cured Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Contracting the deadly African virus while he worked to save their lives, Dr. Kent Brantly became one of the handful of people from the United States to contract Ebola. Receiving treatment back in the U.S., Brantly walked out of the hospital to the waiting arms ... continue reading


HEALTH DISASTER: Is nearly half of all Americans destined to contract diabetes? Watch

Image of The irony of the situation is that Americans are generally living longer, which is a factor in their increased lifetime chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are also not dying in the same proportions that they were, because of better treatment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Has the United States reached the tipping point with diabetes and obesity? A shocking new study claims that nearly HALF of all Americans, if trends continue, will develop type 2 diabetes in the near future. Public Health England, in their most recent report ... continue reading


First large-scale shipment of new malaria drug shipped out Watch

Image of The recent shipment marks a new phase in the fight against the mosquito-borne disease.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Just as virulent - as far more easily transmitted than Ebola, malaria is making new inroads to populations in sub-Saharan Africa. In response, French drug maker Sanofi has announced the delivery of large-scale batches of an antimalarial drug made using ... continue reading


Very accurate colon cancer in-home detection kit approved by FDA Watch

Image of  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new at-home, DNA-based stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Screening for colon cancer is frequently arduous and invasive. Patients need to fast prior to a colonoscopy, and the colonoscopy itself be highly uncomfortable and not always accurate. There's now good news for those at risk. The U.S. Food and Drug ... continue reading


You'll think twice before you put this dangerous chemical back in your mouth! Watch

Image of Colgate's Total brand of toothpaste contains the chemical triclosan, which has been proven to cause disruptions in the endocrine system in mice and rats.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A top-selling toothpaste uses the chemical triclosan which has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals, and regulators are still reviewing whether or not it's safe to pt in soap, cutting boars and toys, while many consumer companies ... continue reading


New diabetes drug could help us all: Found effective in preventing cancer Watch

Image of Scientists who studied more than 180,000 people found a

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

According to a new study, a drug widely prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes could help us all live longer. Said drug, metformin, which controls glucose levels, may also stave off cardiovascular disease and cancer, regardless if the person is diabetic. LOS ... continue reading


Mutated gene increases women's chance for breast cancer by threefold Watch

Image of Doctors also could recommend more aggressive surveillance for breast cancer, such as annual mammograms or MRI breast screening.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study has found that mutated versions of a gene called PALB2 can dramatically increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. Researchers say that women carrying the PALB2 mutation have a one in three chance of developing breast cancer by the age of 70. LOS ... continue reading


WAS WORLD'S THROAT CUT? Ebola vaccine research was earlier abandoned Watch

Image of It must also be noted that while the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. government often fund the early animal safety and efficacy testing of a vaccine, pharmaceutical companies typically fund the human clinical trials to take a drug or vaccine to market.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With increasing fears of the Ebola virus in West Africa and elsewhere, world governments are now frantically trying to contain the disease. What is not widely known is the fact that there had been work on finding a vaccine for Ebola four years ago, that was ... continue reading


PLAGUE STRIKES HOME: At least six people tested for Ebola in U.S. Watch

Image of Said individual, who has recently traveled to West Africa where the current outbreak is taking place is said to be under

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

At least six people within the continental United States have been tested for the dreaded Ebola virus, the deadly hemorrhagic disease tearing through West Africa. While all six people tested negative, the states in which these people were from remains a tightly ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 2:10-16
10 to us, though, God has given revelation through ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14
8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger, full ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:31-37
31 He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 2nd, 2014 Image

St. Ingrid of Sweden
September 2: Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St. Ingrid lived ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter