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New treatment for Urine Infections

A possible new drug treatment for urinary tract infections (UTI’s) is in development. It works by blocking the spread of the bacteria that cause UTI's and appears to be more effective than any other previously reported compound.

he drug, which is still being tested on mice is a derivative of a natural sugar called mannose, which means it is not likely to be toxic. The body sends excess sugars to the kidney for disposal in the urine which means the new drug is sent naturally to exactly where it needs to be to treat infection.

Urinary tract infections mainly occur in women and are one of the most common infections. Scientists believe 80% to 90% of these infections are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) and 50% all women will suffer from a UTI at some point. Additional recurrent infections will affect 20 - 40% of these women.

Presently UTI's are treated with antibiotics but some 10% - 30% of these infections have become antibiotic resistant and the resistance is spreading rapidly. If you think you may have a urine infection consult your doctor and arrange for a urine infection test.