Few things are scarier to the health world than the superbug MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a powerful bacteria. Antibiotics like penicillin and amoxicillin can't wipe it out, and every year, thousands of Americans have to be hospitalized as a result of the bacterial infection (including, most recently, New York Giants football player Daniel Fells).
Now scientists from the University of California, San Diego, may have discovered something more powerful than MRSA--tamoxifen, a drug used to treat and prevent breast cancer. The tamoxifen helps boost white blood cells--the ones that help the body fight infection--so that they can better kill off the bacteria.
So far the procedure has only been done in lab mice--but the tamoxifen was able to increase the rodents' survival by a little over a third. Researchers called the tests very promising, and think clinical trials will be available soon for human patients.
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