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Medieval Cure Fights Superbug

Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 12:37 PM


The key to fighting deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs may lie in a 9th Century Anglo-
Saxon remedy for eye infections. Scientists at Britain's University of Nottingham found that an eye salve described in the manuscript Bald's Leechbook in the British Library killed Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Anglo-Saxon expert Dr. Christina Lee enlisted the help of microbiologists to recreate the eye salve to see if it really worked as an antibacterial remedy. The Leechbook is one of the earliest surviving medical textbooks and contains Anglo-Saxon medical advice and recipes for medicines, salves and treatments.

The salve uses onion, garlic, and wine, all long-known for their antibacterial properties, as well as cow bile.

Results of tests, both in vitro and on mice, were "astonishing," and killed up to 90 percent of the MRSA.

MRSA is one of the most antibiotic-resistant bugs confronting modern health systems

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The key to fighting deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs may lie in a 9th Century Anglo- Saxon remedy for eye infections. Scientists at Britain's University of Nottingham found that an eye salve described in the manuscript Bald's Leechbook in the British Library killed...
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