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Big Pharma Not Interested in Cheap Cure for Sepsis

Aug 21, 2017

Doctors working together internationally seem to have found a way to prevent sepsis in newborn babies. Every year, sepsis kills hundreds of thousands of newborns worldwide, and also leaves hundreds of thousands of surviving babies with lifelong repercussions.

Doctors in India and the United States worked together in a recent study of 4,000 infants. Preliminary results found a probiotic bacteria that fights off the harmful sepsis bacteria. After examining hundreds of such bacterias, they found out that a bacteria in fermented pickles worked when combined with a bonding agent, sugar. One dose could protect a baby for months, all for the cost of $1, and increase the chance of the baby not getting sepsis by 40 percent. It also has the beneficial side effect of decreasing the chance of getting a respiratory infection.

Much more needs to be studied about this, including the long-term effect such treatment might have. But big pharmaceutical companies haven’t been rushing in to look at the results. Of course not–a dose, good for months, costs only $1!