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Researchers are using bacteria-eating viruses to treat complicated lung ailments.
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Researchers are using bacteria-eating viruses to treat complicated lung ailments.

The largest case series of patients who underwent bacteriophage treatment for antibiotic-resistant illnesses was undertaken by researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers deployed bacteria-eating viruses to treat 20 antibiotic-resistant lung illnesses. The individuals experienced no unfavorable side effects, and more than half of them had excellent clinical findings, according to the promising results they shared. Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are a type of bacteria that can cause lung infections on occasion. People with cystic fibrosis or other chronic diseases that damage or destroy the bronchi in the lungs are more likely to contract NTM. However, treating NTM infections is difficult due to bacte...