New antibacterial may be an ancient treatment: Silver

06/23/2013 | Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)

A study using mice has found that the addition of trace amounts of silver made many common antibiotics up to 1,000 times more effective in combating infections. Researchers also discovered that positively charged silver ions could penetrate the protective layer of a resistant strain of bacteria known as Gram-negative and destroy them, even though they previously had immunity to antibiotics. The study appeared in the journal Science and Translational Medicine.

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