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Health Tip: Understanding Antibiotics

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by

-- By taking an antibiotic as prescribed, you can get well faster and help prevent germs from becoming resistant to your medication. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these antibiotic guidelines: Never skip a dose of antibiotic. Always take it on schedule, as directed. Never stop taking an antibiotic early. Always take the entire prescription, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Never save any antibiotic medication for a future illness. Never take an antibiotic that was prescribed for another person. Read more

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Leprosy Drug Holds Promise for Autoimmune Diseases

Posted 4 Feb 2009 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4 – A century-old antibiotic used to treat leprosy may prove effective as a treatment for multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases, Johns Hopkins researchers say. They screened thousands of U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs and identified clofazimine, created in the 1890s, as a drug that targets a molecular pathway that plays an important role in guiding the body's immune response. "We never expected that an old antibiotic would hit this target that has been implicated in multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and type 1 diabetes," Jun O. Liu, a professor of pharmacology and molecular science, said in a Johns Hopkins news release. "People have been working for years and spending tens of millions of dollars on developing a drug to inhibit a specific molecular target involved in these diseases, and here we have a safe, known drug that hits that target." The ... Read more

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