Sugars from human milk could help treat, prevent infections in newborns: Study

New Delhi, August 24 (ANI): Bacteria known as group B Streptococcus (GBS) are a common cause of blood infections, meningitis, and stillbirth in newborns. Although GBS infections can often be treated or prevented with antibiotics, the bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant. Now, researchers have discovered that human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs)- short strings of sugar molecules abundant in breast milk- can help prevent GBS infections in human cells and tissues and in mice. The researchers will present their results at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The meeting features more than 7,000 presentations on a wide range of science topics.

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