There are some medications that were discovered to cure one thing, and end up as low-cost workhorses that fix a range of ailments. One recent example are high-blood pressure drugs that can prevent Alzheimer's.
But nothing beats low-dose aspirin. Originally used to bring down fevers in kids, this miracle pain reliever has been shown to protect against heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer, including pancreatic. Now you can add superbugs to the list.
Specifically, aspirin can protect you from dying of a staphylococcus aureus (aka staph) blood infection, according to a study in Critical Care Medicine. Swiss scientists looked at data from nearly 900 people from 2001 to 2013 who'd had been infected by the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. After factoring out all the variables, the scientists concluded that taking a low-dose aspirin every day decreased the chance of passing away from the infection by 42 percent.
Staph bacteria usually are found on your skin--and cause infections when a cut isn't cleaned properly. But if the infection gets worse, the staph can get in the bloodstream--and from there proliferate until your body can't fight it.
Scientists are quick to point out that it's too early to tell if all people who have a staph infection should take a low-dose aspirin. But if you are already taking one a day, then it may protect you from more than you think. If you're not, mention it to the doctor at your next appointment to see if it's a good idea to start.