New study leads to breakthrough in bacteria linked to Cystic Fibrosis

Posted: February 10, 2015 at 6:38 pm, Last Updated: February 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Best known for its tart juice and cheery red holiday sauce, the cranberry shows promise in preventing debilitating bacteria from taking hold in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, George Mason University researchers have discovered.

George Mason University researchers are seeking out naturally based remedies to beat back antibiotic-resistant bacteria—and finding success.

“Sometimes problems have already been solved in the natural world,” says researcher and study co-author Monique Van Hoek.

Cranberry juice is widely used as a home remedy for inhibiting bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.

“We saw that and thought ‘Will it have any effect on other bacteria?’” Van Hoek says.

It does, specifically against a bacterial pathogen called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an opportunistic bacterium that lodges in the lungs of patients with the lung disease cystic fibrosis, says study co-author Stephanie Barksdale, a Mason graduate student in the School of Systems Biology.

Read the full article (which is currently featured on the Mason homepage) from the Mason NewsDesk on 2/10/2015…

A previous post from Dec. 2014 had also announced this publication.