Good Risk News: Reversing Paralysis, Healing MRSA?

Tel Aviv University:  Gel May Reverse Paralysis, Even Parkinson’s
Researchers have developed a gel composed of anti-oxidants,synthetic laminin peptides, and hyaluronic acid to coax peripheral nerves back to health. The researchers bridge damaged nerve ends with a soft, biodegradable tube lined with the new gel to promotes fiber regrowth. The researchers report success in coaxing animal nerve fibers to reconnect, even in cases with “massive” nerve damage.

Journal Reference:
American Friends of Tel Aviv University (2013, May 13). “Reversing paralysis with a restorative gel.” ScienceDaily­/releases/2013/05/130513123339.htm
Arizona State: Natural Clay Mixtures Having Specific Metal Ions Are Highly Effective Against MRSA and E. coli
Researchers, noting, traditional uses of clay for infection, healing, and pain management, experimented with exchangeable metal ions, pH, and other properties to identify clays with greatest antibacterial effectiveness. They concluded that Zn2+, Co2+, and Cu2+ concentrations were most effective against MRSA and Zn2+, Ni2+, Co2+, and Cu2+ concentrations were most effective against E. coli.

Journal Reference:
Caitlin C. Otto, Shelley E. Haydel. Exchangeable Ions Are Responsible for the In Vitro Antibacterial Properties of Natural Clay Mixtures. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (5): e64068 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064068
University of Southern Denmark: Old Drug, New Anti-MRSA Tricks
Danish researchers have discovered that thioridazine can boost the effects of antibiotics by weakening bacteria’s cell wall, allowing antibiotics to attack the cell wall and kill staph bacteria. Thioridazine weakens the cell wall by removing glycine, an amino acid.

Journal Reference:
Mette Thorsing, Janne K. Klitgaard, Magda L. Atilano, Marianne N. Skov, Hans Jørn Kolmos, Sérgio R. Filipe, Birgitte H. Kallipolitis. Thioridazine Induces Major Changes in Global Gene Expression and Cell Wall Composition in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus USA300. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (5): e64518 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064518