London: Just a spoonful of sugar can impart that killing edge to antibiotics against infections.Researchers found that glucose and fructose -- types of sugar found in plants -- make deadly bugs behind chronic infections more vulnerable to drugs. Sugar can improve the effectiveness of antibiotics against infections, say researchers. Such infections often occur when bacteria `shut down`, making antibiotics ineffective against them, reports the journal Nature. Over time, the bugs, known as `persisters`, return to life, causing patients to relapse, according to the Daily Mail.
Without sugar, the drugs they used had no effect. The team now plans to examine whether sugar additives can help fight tuberculosis.IANS
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